With short films, sometimes it can be difficult to squeeze in genuine character development without it feeling too heavy handed. With Oppitunti / A Lesson, the director Outi Hartikainen does an amazing job of crafting a pure and simple piece all under 4 minutes. I mean, we’ve watched certain Sci-Fi prequels that can’t create a decent character even given 142 minutes and billions of dollars in over-used CGI.
It’s a short film about prejudice, about forced uniformity among pupils, and about how, for reasons of conscience, one can even question authority. This is a student project from Tampere Uni. of Applied Sciences, produced in 2010.
-from the director:
This film won the Best Fiction Award at Couch Fest Films for 2011 as well as playing at the following film festivals:
If you too have a crippling weakness for great narratives, odd addictions, and chronic awkwardness, then you’ll enjoy this clever short, Powerpoint, directed by Keller Davis.
From the director:
Obsession can strangle even the best of us. For Christopher, that one thing is Microsoft Powerpoint… because slides speak so much louder than words.
Powerpoint played and was recognized in a number of film festivals:
Winner of “Best Narrative Film” at CouchFest Film Festival 2011.
Official Selection at Texas Film Festival 2011.
Official Selection at Dallas VideoFest 2011.
Filmed as part of InSWAMPnia 24-Hour Film Competition in February 2011.
Osman Cerfon first studied graphic design in Chaumont, then Fine Arts in Epinal, and finally animation in “La Poudrière” school in Valence, where he graduated in 2007 with the film Tête-à-tête (Head-to-head). Since 2007, he works on various projects as a scriptwriter or as an animation technician. In parallel, he develops The Jinx Chronicles, a collection of short films where misfortune tracks those who alas find themselves on its way.
We’ve been there. This film captures that moment in every pure detail.
Gina and Daniel are madly in love. They arrange to meet for lunch at the cafe where they first met — each armed with exciting “news”.
Directed by Luke Shanahan
Some of our favorite films from the CFF archive. Filmmakers don’t be fooled this woman is not a romantic
Couch Fest Films “Best Science Fiction” This film made our staff instant robotaphiles. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!
ROSA is an epic sci-fi short film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. From the destruction awakes Rosa, a cyborg deployed from the Kernel project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. Rosa will soon learn that she is not the only entity that has awakened and must fight for her survival.
The short-film was created entirely by young comic-artist Jesús Orellana with no budget during a single year. Since it’s world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, ROSA has been an official selection at film festivals around the world such as Screamfest, Toronto After Dark, Anima Mundi or Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival. In October ROSA was screened at the opening night of the Sitges International Film Festival, considered the world’s best festival specialized in genre films. Following the succesful festival run, the short film has attracted the attention of the major talent-agencies and Hollywood producers. Currently ROSA is in development to be a live-action motion picture.
Read more on their official blog here.
Couch Fest Films “Best Animation Style”. Our poor eyeballs couldn’t keep up with all the amazing details in this short
Rumbleseat is an animated short film based on the music of The Sadies set in a world created by animator and director Mike Roberts. Based on classic westerns and rockabilly culture, the film centers around a young man who finds himself in the back of a hot rod occupied by four sinister ghouls. From the Rumbleseat of their car, he journeys through moments of his life and realizes he must make peace with what heʼs left behind and find insight as to what has led him to this strange world.
While proud to be included in Buffalo International Film Festival 2011, we wondered if it isn’t a little sexist that both buffalos in the laurels are clearly both males–hee hee!
Missed Couch Fest Films deadlines are heart-break since we loved ‘Awesome Truck Commercial‘ created by Mark Little.