Having a Ball: A Collection of Kick-Ass Soccer-centric Short Films
Short of the Week
by Short of the Week
1d ago
With both the Copa America and the UEFA Euros taking place over the past few weeks, soccer fans have enjoyed a nonstop feast of matches to binge on. As some of the sport’s biggest names and brightest talents have taken center stage at these tournaments, both events are now drawing to a close. In the next few days, fans will be left either elated or devastated, but what next? With little to watch besides highlights (and the Olympics) until the regular seasons kick off once again, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite soccer-centric shorts to fill the gap. From branded films to insigh ..read more
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Heptapus
Short of the Week
by Céline Roustan
3d ago
When Zu takes his dog to the beach for one of their regular walks, the outing takes an unexpected turn when an octopus attacks him and then Princess Diana, the canine protagonist. Get ready for writer/director Cooper Troxell’s absurd, fun and chaotic Heptapus – A tale of loss and grief, infused with an off-kilter sense of humor that keeps you entertained and guessing where it will go next. “I wanted to make a complex Asian-American role about masculinity” One thing that can’t be said about Heptapus, it’s that it’s a straightforward and conventional narrative. It’s no surprise, the ..read more
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Two Single Beds
Short of the Week
by Rob Munday
4d ago
Set in the world of stand-up comedy, William Stefan Smith’s Two Single Beds begins like it is a film about the palpable chemistry between its two main characters. However, as the 16-minute short progresses, it evolves into a touching tale of loneliness and vulnerability, beautifully brought to life by the impressive performances of its two lead actors. Written by one of those actors, the ever-impressive Daniel Kaluuya, Two Single Beds instantly immerses us in the world of its central characters as we join them on stage for a gig a long way from home. Both Londoners, the pair are having differ ..read more
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Uncanny Alley
Short of the Week
by Rob Munday
4d ago
Rodrigo Goulão de Sousa’s Uncanny Alley, originally a series of three-minute shorts for Adult Swim’s Smalls, combines these films (The Screening, The Night Shift & The Roommate) into a singularly unsettling seven-minute experience. Set in a small town plagued by eerie cinema dwellers, disembodied brains, and insect infestations, this monochrome animation masterfully evokes a sense of dread through everyday scenarios that gradually unravel into nightmarish visions. With one of Sousa’s aims to introduce “a new monster per episode” throughout the series, he decided for his films he wanted to ..read more
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Hormonal
Short of the Week
by Serafima Serafimova
1w ago
It’s a well known fact that medical science has a bit of a gender problem. Here, in the UK, there is five times more research into erectile dysfunction, which affects 19% of men, than into premenstrual syndrome, which affects 90% of people with a uterus. In fact, most of our understanding and treatment of ailments comes from the perspective of men, based on studies of men (and male animals), and carried out by men, while female hormones have been sidelined and stigmatised for centuries. Today, pre-teens are prescribed hormonal contraception as early as they hit puberty, long before ..read more
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Slow Light
Short of the Week
by Rob Munday
1w ago
Studies have shown that nostalgia can provide significant comfort during challenging times, offering a familiar refuge when the present or future feels uncertain. This belief that the past was somewhat better played an influential role in Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski’s impressive short Slow Light – a film about a boy who sees seven years into the past. “We often follow our thoughts to the past in moments of weakness” Explaining, in their directors statement, that they believe individuals have a tendency to follow their “thoughts to the past in moments of weakness”, the directorial ..read more
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Northened
Short of the Week
by Rob Munday
1w ago
Growing up in a commuter town often dubbed the ‘worst place to live in England’, boredom settled in quickly when I reached my teenage years. For Sam and Franklin, the young protagonists in Una Di Gallo’s animated short Northened, their industrialised hometown serves as both a playground and a source of frustration. As we follow the pair through their favourite hangout spots, this coming-of-age tale morphs into a surreal eco-horror, functioning as both a love letter to the director’s childhood and a tribute to places frequently criticised by others. Told through a series of brief vignettes, No ..read more
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Best of the Month: June 2024
Short of the Week
by Short of the Week
1w ago
At Short of the Week, one of our goals is to champion a “diversity of fresh voices” through our curation. While we strive to do this year-round, dedicated celebrations like Pride Month serve as a crucial reminder of the unique value of short films: they provide a platform for stories that might otherwise go unheard. While our coverage on shortoftheweek.com included only a few LGBTQ+ stories, our YouTube channel focused heavily on Pride Month, with 75% of our June releases chosen with this observance in mind. These selections proved very popular, garnering over 600k views since the first was p ..read more
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Campfire
Short of the Week
by Rob Munday
2w ago
Originally conceived as “a documentary about one of the oldest gay campgrounds” in the USA, Austin Bunn returns to S/W with Campfire, a docu-fiction short following his previous work, In the Hollow. This 17-minute film tells the poignant story of a closeted man seeking his long-lost love, blending heartfelt fictional and factual elements with both non-actors and professionals, to offer a fresh and innovative perspective on the LGBT community. “I had a number of interviews but no central ‘story’ per se” The shift from a straightforward documentary to a hybrid approach came from an unexp ..read more
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Exit 238
Short of the Week
by Céline Roustan
2w ago
For a few weeks each year, the parking lot of a strip mall in Austin becomes a stage for Mother Nature. Thousands of Purple Martins, on their migratory route to Brazil, create a majestic ballet that birdwatchers flock together to witness. In Exit 238, director Henry Davis takes us to the Capital Plaza shopping center parking lot at dusk, immersing us in the vibrant energy shared by birdwatchers, shoppers, and employees alike. “I started asking questions and let those interactions and answers guide the way the film was told”  It was randomly that Davis stumbled upon the spectacle o ..read more
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