TheWrap's Shortlist Film Fest Is Online Now And You Can Watch

Ben Umstead, East Coast Editor
Yesterday, Todd shared with you an interesting bit about the Venice Film Fest allowing a limited number of spots in online screenings of some of their films. Earlier this year -- like the last few years -- both Tribeca and Sundance had online wings of their festivals. All smart moves, even if the selections were slim and the audience limited to a few hundred "seats".

Well, TheWrap.com is hosting their own fest, and being an online outlet, their Shortlist fest of short films is taking place, well... online... which means you'll be able to watch their 12 finalists right now... or until August 29th. The selection of shorts is looking mighty prestigious with films having played and won awards at Sundance, Woodstock, AFI Fest, and LA Film Fest, among others.

If you want to get to watching, then click right here. Or else check out a list of the films below and bookmark for later.

Animation

FEAR OF FLYING Directed by Conor Finnegan

Ireland, 9 min

A bird with a fear of flying tries to avoid heading South for the winter.

Best Animated Short Film, Galway Film Fleadh 2012

Best Animated Short Film, LA Shorts Fest 2012

THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD Directed by Will Anderson

UK, 16 min

A 'behind-the-scenes' look at an Animator/Filmmaker as he struggles with his character.

BAFTA 2013 - Short Animation

British Academy Scotland Awards - Best Animation

THE PUB Directed by Joseph Pierce

UK, 8 min

A day caught up in the murky slipstream of a North London pub.

Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostela '12 - Best International Animation

Los Angeles Film Festival '12 - Best Experimental Short

WHAT DO WE HAVE IN OUR POCKETS? Directed by Goran Dukic

Israel/USA, 4 min

A most unusual love story unravels when the objects in a young man's pockets come to life.

Best Script in a Short, 2013 Nantucket Film Festival

Narrative Fiction

BLACK METAL Directed by Kat Candler

USA, 9 min

After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, the actions of one fan create a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.

Short Grand Jury Prize, 2013 Dallas International Film Festival

Grand Jury, Narrative Short, 2013 deadCENTER Film Festival

CAFÉ REGULAR, CAIRO Directed by Ritesh Batra

Egypt, 11 min

After two years together, Alaa and Mai encounter the first big crisis in their relationship in a café in Cairo. In this city, always changing and always relentless, the old and the new clash and anything might be possible.

FIPRESCI Critics Prize at the International Film Festival of Oberhausen, 2012

MAGNESIUM Directed by Sam de Jong

Netherlands, 20 min

A talented gymnast makes a life-changing discovery as she prepares for an important tournament, which is her last chance to reach the top.

Tuschinski Award, 2012 Netherlands Film Festival

UNTIL THE QUIET COMES Directed by Kahlil Joseph

USA, 4 min

Shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in Watts, Los Angeles, this film deals with themes of violence, camaraderie, and spirituality through the lens of magical realism.

Special Jury Prize, 2013 Sundance Film Festival

VOICE OVER Directed by Martin Rosete

Spain, 10 min

I won't tell you whose voice over leads us through three extreme situations that are actually the same. Will you survive?

Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Plaque

New York City Short Film Festival, Best of the Fest

Fiction / Doc

CATNIP: EGRESS TO OBLIVION? Directed by Jason Willis

USA, 7 min

Catnip is all the rage with today's modern feline, but do we really understand it? This film frankly discusses the facts about this controversial substance.

YouTube Audience Award, 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Documentary

THE LAST ICE MERCHANT Directed by Sandy Patch

Ecuador, 14 min

For over 50 years Baltazar Ushca has harvested the glacial ice of Ecuador's Mount Chimborazo. His brothers, both raised as ice merchants, have long since retired from the mountain. This is a story of cultural change and how three brothers have adapted to it.

Best Short Documentary, 2012 Woodstock Film Festival

Best Short Documentary, 2012 Woods Hole Film Festival

Best Short Film, 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston


WHATEVEREST Directed by Kristoffer Borgli
Norway, 16 min
A documentary about the unlikely inspiration behind a dance tune produced by Todd Terje called "Inspector Norse". "Inspector Norse" is the internet alias of Marius Solem Johansen, a failed musician living in a small town, producing dance videos and drug recipes for YouTube.
Special Jury Awaard at AFI Fest 2012
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