Short films by the moviemakers of tomorrow are some of the most creative comedies, cutting-edge animations and gripping dramas of today. Produced by KQED, each episode allows viewers to see, for the first time, works by emerging filmmakers who could become the next Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola.
Family Is Everything (#1207H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
GREAT ADVENTURES (Australia): Grandma thinks Billy and his granddad are in the living room. She couldn't be more wrong.
GRANDPA AND ME AND A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN (Sweden): The relationship between a remarkably perceptive young boy and his wise, bedridden grandfather overflows with humor, warmth and love. They share jokes, talk love, sex and politics, and enjoy each other's company as only best friends can. The film offers a moving reflection on being young and old; living and dying; and the legacy we leave behind.
COLD BLOOD (Canada): A stressed and exhausted mother brings her terrified son to the hospital. A poignant tale about the sacrifices we unquestionably make for family.
A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing) (#1213H) Duration: 28:55 STEREO TVG
ALL SOUL'S DAY (Poland): On her eighteenth birthday, Lena is trying to bond with her family, but as usual, they seem to be ignoring her. It also happens to be All Soul's Day, a time for contacting the dead and getting together to return to one's roots. Lena set out in search for her long-lost father. Events of the day transpire that ultimately lead her to reassess what family truly means.
THE PARAKEETS (France): Lili, an ill young woman going through cancer treatment, is faced one morning with the sudden loss of her hair. She cannot bring herself to leave her apartment. Her best friend proposes a radical solution: to give Lili a radical makeover from head to toe. Lili agrees to be transformed. Little does she know that this makeover will fundamentally change not only her day, but also her life. When your inhibitions are the last things you have to lose, that's when freedom begins.
The Dog in the Window (#1305H) Duration: 23:37 STEREO TVG
HELIUM (Denmark) - A terminally ill boy makes a friend with a hospital worker. Through his stories about Helium - a magical fantasy world, the boy regains the joy and happiness of his life and finds a safe haven away from his daily hardships. Written and directed by Anders Walter. The film won the 2014 Oscar for Best Short.
Island of Misfit Toys (#1209H) Duration: 29:10 STEREO TVG
FUGU & TAKO (Australia): Two friends have very discerning tastes when it comes to sushi. They want only the freshest sushi. When one friend reprimands the chef for stale sushi, the chef gives him really fresh sushi. Be careful what you wish for.
ELEPHANT (Spain): Manuel is a middle aged man with a dull life. He is trapped in a monotonous job. His family takes him for granted. But one day his doctor tells him he suffers from a rare disease that will turn him into an elephant.
EDMOND WAS A DONKEY (Canada / France): Edmond is not like everybody else. Some may say odd. He is very well aware he is different. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. Since he can't bring himself to be what others expect, Edmond makes the only possible choice.
Beyond Infinity (#1302H) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG
ENTITY (France) - Minutes after the technical failure of her spacecraft ( if you can call your ship blowing up just a "technical failure"), an astronaut finds herself ejected from her cockpit and into space. She tries in vain to contact the base to obtain help. Her oxygen level diminishes slowly but surely. She faints... after floating adrift for several hours through the immensity of space, she awakens to find herself facing a strange and mysterious entity, taking the shape of an immense black hole.
ORBIT EVER AFTER (England)- When you're in love, you're willing to risk everything in order to spend one perfect moment together. Nigel has fallen in love, but when you live in outer space aboard a ramshackle spaceship it isn't easy to follow your heart - especially when the girl of your dreams is circling around the earth the opposite direction. A science fiction romance where two star-crossed lovers overcome all probabilities and sacrifice everything in order to spend one perfect moment together.
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Nice Guys Finish First (#1211H) Duration: 27:32 STEREO TVG
NO MAIL (Australia): Small minds in a small town attempt to ostracize the new postman, who happens to be Muslim, and their actions divide the town. When the postman's co-workers rally behind him the residents are forced to face the same exclusion they imposed on him.
AMBER AMULET (Australia): Meet Liam, a lonely twelve year old boy whose alter ego is the Masked Avenger, a superhero with powers so potent, not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Dressed in his superhero outfit and accompanied by his best friend, Richie the Power-Beagle, the Masked Avenger roams his neighborhood putting things right. There is a damsel in distress in the house down the block. It's time to spring into action.
Behind The Veil (#1212H) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
WHAT CAN I WISH YOU BEFORE THE FIGHT? (France): Marie, adopted at the age of five under strange circumstances, lives in the French countryside with her father and younger sister. One fateful evening, the family finds a strange young girl hiding in their barn. On the run from the law, this stranger will change Marie's life forever and bring her hidden past into sharp focus.
AFTER THE CLASS (Iran): In this emotionally nuanced family drama, a high school teacher's day begins with the good news of a promotion. But later, her independently minded daughter brings less welcome news. A universal story about what freedom and independence means for a modern day woman.
The Games People Play (#1301H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
PREY ALONE (Ireland) - NSA Special Agent Cain is on the hunt for an elusive killer. His only leads are a cocky eyewitness and the cryptic words scribbled on a notepad "Prey Alone." At first confounded by the clues, Agent Cain gets the uneasy feeling that he has been here before. This edge-of-your-seat thrill ride of a short film is written and directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger.
PONY PLACE (Holland) - When young Emma is not allowed to take her laptop on holiday, she asks her grandparents to look after her virtual horse farm. The couple takes on the task with disastrous results. The digital divide between generations has never been more hilariously depicted.
The Dance of Life (#1306H) Duration: 25:26 STEREO TVG
TANGO UNDERPANTS (Australia/Argentina) - Trying to forget a failed relationship, an Australian woman decides to get as far away as possible. She hopes to start anew in South America. She has changed her scenery, but learns the thing she most needs to change is herself. While in Argentina, she discovers not only the exciting world of the sexy tango, but also the vital importance of the right underwear.
TANGHI ARGENTINA (Belgium) - A lonely middle aged office clerk decides to hook up with a woman on the internet. She loves to tango. There's only one problem. He can't dance. He pleads with a co-worker to teach him to dance. After much cajoling, he accepts the challenge. Little does he know what he has gotten himself into.
New World Disorder (#1311H) Duration: 26:12 STEREO TVPG
iMOM (Australia) - Finally, the answer for busy parents all over the world! In the not too distant future, the iMom is created and becomes a wildly successful product that's guaranteed to raise your kids for you. When a preoccupied mother leaves her eight year old son and baby daughter under the care of the family's iMom, a scary connection is formed. Technology has made many jobs obsolete, but can it replace the role of dear old mom?
FOXES (Ireland) - The real estate bubble has burst leaving people's home mortgages and lives upside down. One lone couple are all that remain in an otherwise abandoned subdivision. Isolation can mess with your mind and make you do strange things. They soon find out they are not alone.