If you're looking to class up your workout sesh viewing material, get ready to add every single one of these amazing shorts to your watchlist.
The Wrap has just announced its finalist roundup for the Shortlist, a showcase of the best short films from around the world, by up-and-coming young filmmakers who should be on everyone's radar.
The 12 finalists include shorts prize winners from the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca, Slamdance, Sundance London, Cinequest, Los Angeles Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortfest and other prestigious festivals. The films and filmmakers hail from all over the world, including the United States, China, Chile, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
You can screen and vote on all 12 films on the Shortlist website through August 18. The shorts will also air on the EPIX network August 13 at 7pm ET/4pm PT, and again in EPIX’s Hits on August 13 12midnight ET/August 13 9pm PT.
The winners of the Audience, Jury, and Creator's League prizes for the Shortlist festival will be announced live on August 18 in Los Angeles and will air on the EPIX network - with the jury including: Craig Kestel, Motion Picture Agent, WME; documentarian Brett Morgen ("Montage of Heck"); Keith Simanton, Film Editor, IMDb; producer Alicia Van Couvering ("Digging for Fire," "Cop Car"); Victor Moyers, president of production, Broad Green Pictures.
The full list of finalist films is below.
The finalists in the awards category:
Directed by: Ali Asgari
Iran/Italy, 15 Minutes
Narges and her friend have just a few hours to find someone to take care of her baby for some days.
Directed by: Gabriel Osorio
Chile, 10 Minutes
An old, melancholy bear tells his life story through a mechanical diorama.
Directed by: Guan Tian
China/USA, 11 Minutes
A young couple having sex in a car realizes that there are no more condoms left…
Directed by: Nila Bergendal
Sweden, 9 Minutes
Are we born to do good or are we here just to save ourselves? This animated film provides disconcerting answers.
Myrna The Monster
Directed by: Ian Samuels
USA, 14 Minutes
A heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles like any other 20 something.
Directed by: Shaka King
USA, 6 Minutes
n. 1. Italian‐American slang for ni**er.
Derived from Italian dialect word for eggplant.
See also moolie.
*source: urban dictionary and every mob movie ever
One Year Lease
Directed by: Brian Bolster
USA, 11 Minutes
Told almost entirely through voicemail messages, One Year Lease documents the travails of Brian, Thomas and Casper as they endure a year-long sentence with Rita, the cat-loving landlady.
Audience Awards, Netherlands International Film Festival ’14
The Pride of Strathmoor
Directed by: Einar Bolster
USA, 9 Minutes
Extracts from the journal of Pastor John Deitman, Strathmoor, Georgia. June & July, 1927
Directed by: Ben Aston
UK, 5 Minutes
London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a libidinous cosmonaut on chat roulette...
Directed by: Peter Vack
USA, 9 Minutes
Separated for the summer, the only way for a teenage girl to communicate with her boyfriend is over the Internet.
Directed by: Frankie Shaw
USA, 9 Minutes
A young single mother struggles to balance her old life of freedom with her new one as a mom. It all comes to a head during one particular naptime when Bridgette invites an old friend over for a visit.
Directed by: Réka Bucsi
Hungary, 10 Minutes
The film applies an unconventional narrative. It presents a subjective world through 47 scenes. Small events, interlaced by associations, express the irrational coherence of our surroundings. The surreal situations are based on the interactions of humans and nature. Differences between human and animal diminish, everyone is doing their jobs and leaving traces. Every small movement affects another, building an unpredictable, irrational system.
The finalists in the Creators League category:
100 Second Chances
Directed by: Drew Dickler, Jacob Hochendoner
USA, 5 Minutes
Employment is the most important factor for those who successfully re-enter society after prison. Edwins Restaurant offers those trying to make this difficult transition an opportunity to succeed.
1st Squad, 3rd Platoon
Directed by: The Rauch Brothers
USA, 4 Minutes
In August 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. En route, their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Of Travis' entire 12-person team, he alone survived. Here, Travis reflects on the hours and days after the explosion, as well as his life now, and pays tribute to the men he left behind.
Meghan Is On A Bender
Directed by: Chioke Nassor
UK, 3 Minutes
Girl meets boy, boy robs girl, girl drinks a lot and makes dubious decisions.