Turn it up to 11: Future Shorts 2014 Summer Season coming! 八月底迎來你第十一場的未來短片節!

It is the height of the summer here in Taipei, and while we are sweating out the hot tropical days, we are preparing our 11th Future Shorts season. Talk about exciting!

This time we have 8 new short films on the programme. The films are selected by the Future Shorts HQ in London, and they surprise us every season! This time there seem to be quite a few music themed films on the menu, and maybe going for more weird, more impactful shorts. This I guess from the summaries, I can hardly wait to see the films with you as well! :)

The screening is on 2014 August 30, Saturday evening 18:00 at our usual 睡不著 Insomnia Cafe basement screening room. We’ve listed the event on Facebook and Google+. The ticket is 250NT, but we want you to have a good time with friends so we have a Buy 3 tickets, Get 1 free promotion. We also accept Bitcoin and give 10% discount for that.

The screening time and date is to-be-confirmed. The screening will likely be on a weekend near the end of August (we have some subtitles to prepare). Please stay in touch, and tell your friends about us! To stay in the loop you can sign up to our newsletter, or come back soon to visit this page :)

In the meantime, here are the films for this season.

嗨嗨親愛的大家,在這黏膩的夏日裡,我們一邊爆汗一邊為你們準備好了第十一場的未來短片節唷!時間是2014 8/30 星期六晚上六點 在我們的老地方 睡不著 Insomnia Cafe  的地下放映室唷!我們也將我們的活動資訊放在 Facebook  Google+歡迎大家去看! 票價是250台幣一張,這次很特別的是我們有好朋友套票— 買三張就送一張 (所以四位好朋友就可以一起看囉!) 如果您使用的是比特幣,另有九折優惠唷!

這次有八部嶄新的影片。如果你以前來過我們的活動,你會發現有時候我們的選片是有主題的。而這次,我相信他的主題是 [生活],這個我們每一點滴回憶的載體,我們存在的現在,有時候是我們被捆鎖的地方,有時候又是我們唯一的棲身之所。八月底,就跟我們一起只花短短的一個晚上,帶回更多想法,然後再次去面對你的下一秒的,生活。


The films

No Joke – Boxed In (中譯:沒在開玩笑的!)

Film still from No Joke - Boxed In

No Joke – Boxed In

Dir / 導演 : Maxim Kelly
United Kingdom / 英國 – 2013
The music video shows the ultimate cure, in the form of old people dancing. Pop music and humor come together in photographer Maxim Kelly’s short film of the KolKata Laughing Society.

這部MV用老年人跳著舞蹈的方式展現了終極的治療。流行音樂和幽默有趣在Maxim Kelly 這部記錄加爾各達大笑社區的影片中完美結合。



Butter Lamp (中譯:酥油燈)

Film still from Butter Lamp

Butter Lamp

Dir / 導演 : Hu Wei 胡偉
France / 法國 – 2013
A young photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to take their picture. Against diverse and more or less exotic backgrounds, families appear to the photographer. Through these shots, the photographer will weave unique links with each of the various villagers.

Hong Kong IFF – Firebird Award (Short Film Competition), Grand Prix (National Competition) – Clermont-Ferrand IFF, AFI Fest – Grand Jury Award (Live Action Short)


香港國際電影節 – 金火鳥大獎 (短片類)  /  第50屆金馬獎最佳創作短片 /  克萊蒙費朗國際影片節 – 評審大獎 (國際影片類)  / 美國電影學院電影展 – 評審大獎 (最佳動畫短片類)


I am Tom Moody

Film still from I am Tom Moody

I am Tom Moody

Dir / 導演 : Ainslie Henderson
United Kingdom / 英國 – 2013
A surreal trip through the subconscious of a stifled musician as he struggles to sing.

Norwich Film Festival 2013 – Best Animated Film, Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2013 – Special Jury Award, Glasgow Film Festival 2013 – Scottish Audience Award, BAFTA Film Award 2014 – Nominated for Best British Short Animation



Bonobo: Cirrus

Film still from Cirrus


Dir / 導演 : Cyriak
United Kingdom / 英國 – 2013
The music video for Bonobo’s song, “Cirrus,” is a beautifully surreal video collage created by British animator Cyriak. It is certainly weird, using old footage of ordinary life to create complex machines and giant robots.

英國著名電音DJ Bonobo的MV “Cirrus” (捲雲),由英國動畫師製作, 拼貼出一個美麗而不真實的影片。它的確看起來很奇怪,用了大量復古風格日常生活的片段,堆疊成一些很複雜的機械和巨大的機器人。


Life is a Bitch

( 中譯:生命就是一場煎熬 // 直譯:人生不如意事十有八九 )

Film still from Life is a Bitch

Life is a Bitch

Dir / 導演 : François Jaros
Canada / 加拿大 – 2013
Love. Grief. Shock. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Mucus. Masturbation. Pop tart. Pigeons. Toothpaste. Hospital. F__k. Bye. Hair. Sports. Chicken. Bootie. Kids. Rejection. Squirrels. Cries. Awkward—95 scenes, five minutes: life’s a bitch.

Participated in Sundance 2014

悲痛。震撼。拒絕。失眠。泡泡浴。粘液。手淫。pop tart(類似孔雀香酥脆)。鴿子。牙膏。醫院。 e04。再見。頭髮。體育。雞。短靴。孩子。否決。松鼠。哭聲。尷尬怪異的-95個場景,五分鐘:生命是一個X子。(可做: 生命就是一場煎熬)



Misterio (中譯:謎)

Film still from Misterio


Dir / 導演 : Chema García Ibarra
Spain / 西班牙 – 2013
They say that if you put your ear to the back of his neck, you can hear the Virgin speak. Mother, father and son. The trio is heading for a crisis in which understanding is only one way of not listening to each other.

Berlinale Film Festival 2013 – EFA Short Film Nomination Award, Barcelona Visual Sound – Best Fiction Short, Festival Cinepropio 2013 – Best Short Film, Mas Sorrer 2013 – Audience Award, Festival de L’Alfas Pi 2013 – Best Short Film, Best Director and Best Director.



Metube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera”

Film still from Metube


Dir / 導演 : Daniel Moshel
Austria / 奧地利 – 2013
“MeTube”, an homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet, has attracted international attention. No less than George Bizet’s Habanera from „Carmen” has been reinterpreted for MeTube and enhanced with electronic sounds. Behind the cross-over of musical styles are director Daniel Moshel as well as opera and oratorio tenor August Schram.

Participated in Sundance 2014


就如他們一樣, George Bizet 的”卡門”中最有名的一段 Habanera 舞曲在重新增強電子音樂的元素以後在MeTube上被重新詮釋。

背景音樂混合的是導演Daniel Moshel,歌劇,以及神劇男高音August Schram。



Just Before Losing Everything

Film still from Just Before Losing Everything

Just Before Losing Everything

Dir / 導演 : Xavier Legrand
France / 法國 – 2013
A young boy pretends to go to school and hides under a small bridge. A teenager in tears waits at a bus stop. A woman picks them up and drives them to the parking lot of a supermarket.

Participated in Sydney Flickerfest Short Film Festival 2014, French Film Industry Awards 2014 – Best Short Film, Leeds International Festival 2013 – Louis Le Prince Prize for Best International Short Film



The return of Future Shorts: 2014 Spring Season

New season, new films. Future Shorts is back with the 2014 Spring season, and we are very happy to bring it to Taipei, to it’s 9th season! This time there are more films, altogether 7 shorts from 5 different countries.

We are setting up the time for the screening, will update the information here, when we have a time, or sign up to our mailing list, to get the announcement right into your mailbox! In the meantime, here is our 2014 Spring Season programme:

Now we have the screening event set up, see it on Facebook, or:
2014 May 31, Saturday, 18:00 – 20:00
睡不著咖啡館 Insomnia Cafe
No. 8, Lane 60, Taishun St, Taipei
(02) 2364-0002

The Films

Tooty's Wedding

Tooty’s Wedding

Tooty’s Wedding

Dir: Frederic Casella
United Kingdom – 2011
Peter has always been in love with the beautiful siren Tooty but he is married to the anti-siren Alison who thinks she can talk to dogs. So when Tooty flirts with Peter the night before her wedding, a desperate Peter decides they’re destined to be together.

Official Selection, 2012 Sundance International Film Festival Special Jury Mention, Bermuda International Film Festival 2012 Grand Prize – Best Comedy, Jury Prize – Best Short, Friars Comedy Club Film Festival 2011.

導演: Frederic Casella
英國 – 2011
Peter 一直深愛著 但卻娶了反- 並且認為自己能與狗溝通的Alison, 所以當Tooty 在她的婚禮前一天勾引Peter時,Peter打定主意要跟她在一起。 未來影展官方精選,2012日舞國際影展評審提名,2012百慕達國際影展最佳喜劇,Friars comedy club 影片節評審團最佳短片獎。

Into the Middle of Nowhere

Into the Middle of Nowhere

Into the Middle of Nowhere

Dir: Anna Frances Ewert
United Kingdom – 2011
This film lovingly captures the wonder of childhood as kids explore and test the boundaries of reality through play and imagination.

Golden Gate Award for Best Short Documentary – San Francisco International Film Festival 2011, Helen A. Bequest Award – Edinburgh College of Art 2010.

導演: Anna Frances Ewert
英國 – 2011
2011 舊金山國際影展Golden Gate 大獎最佳記錄短片獎。2010 愛丁堡藝術大學 Helen A. 紀念獎。

The Captain

The Captain

The Captain

Dir: Nash Edgerton
Australia – 2013
An aeroplane pilot wakes up in the wreckage of a crash with a massive hangover and is confronted with the consequences of his actions.

Participated in Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Calgary Underground Film Festival.

導演: Nash Edgerton
澳洲 – 2013
參與 Flickerfest 國際短片節, 日舞影展, 佛羅里達影展 Sarasota 影片節, Melbourne 國際影展, Calgary 地下影片節。





Dir: Charlotta Miller
Sweden – 2011
Katrin sits apathetically in her dumpy apartment after being left by her boyfriend as an old lady whose husband just died is wreaking havoc outside. Touched by the old lady’s strong emotions, Katrin decides to face her old boyfriend. Participated in 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

導演: Charlotta Miller
瑞典 – 2011
在一位老太太的先生因浩劫而過世的時候,Katrin 剛被男友拋棄、悲慘的坐在她的破公寓裡,受到老太太的情緒影響,Katrin 決定要面對她從前的男朋友。參加2012 日舞影展。


The Big House

The Big House

The Big House

Dir: Musa Syeed
Yemen – 2013
When a Yemeni boy finds a way into the empty mansion down the street, he lets himself and his imagination run wild in the big house. Participated in 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival.

導演: Musa Syeed
葉門 – 2013


Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

Dir: Conor Finnegan
Ireland – 2013
Dougal is a small bird with a fear of flying. At night his dreams are plagued with a recurring nightmare of falling towards earth and by day he walks wherever he needs to go rather than face this fear. When a harsh winter rolls around, Dougal must head South, but how?

Best Animation Award- LA Shorts Festival 2012, Young Directors Forum Award- Cristal Festival 2012, Audience Award – Glasgow Short Film Festival 2013, Audience Award – Animade 2013, Best Animation – Provincetown International Film Fest.

導演: Conor Finnegan
愛爾蘭 – 2013
Dougal 是一隻害怕飛翔的小鳥。夜裡他總是做惡夢,夢到他墜落到地上,白天他寧願走路也不要面對他自己的恐懼。當一個嚴峻的冬日來臨, Dougal 需要到南方過冬,但是不會飛的他,該怎麼去呢⋯?

2012 洛杉磯短片節–最佳動畫獎, 2012 Cristal電影節–青年導演論壇獎。 2013 英國Glasgrow 短片節-觀眾最愛獎, 2013 Animade – -觀眾最愛獎, Provincetown 國際影片節- 最佳動畫獎。





Dir: Kibwe Tavares
United Kingdom – 2012
Zanzibarian beach boy Mbwana, hungry for the future, creates a myth that transforms his small town into a tourist hot spot, but when the reality is far from his dreams he sets out to destroy the town – or himself.

Participated in 2013 Sundance Film Festival, “Best Short Film” nominee for The British Independent Film Awards (BIFAS) in 2013. Made in partnership with Film4, BFI, Channel4, Shine Films.

導演: Kibwe Tavares
英國 – 2012
桑給巴爾的海灘男孩Mbwana, 對未來充滿渴望,創造了一個謠言足以讓他的小鎮變身熱門觀光景點,但當他發現現實與他的夢想離的太遠,他決定摧毀一切-包括他自己

參加2013 日舞影展, 2013英國獨立影片獎(BIFAS) 「最佳短片」提名, in partnership with Film4, BFI, Channel4, Shine Films.

2013/14 Winter Screening (English info)

Since we have missed the Autumn season, it’s time to catch up with the regular screenings. We are preparing in Taipei for the 2013/14 Winter. It’s been a cold & wet winter here so far, will be looking forward to some cozy movie night with friends.

We are holding the event at the same place we’ve always been, Insomnia Cafe, it’s a small but very friendly location. Can seat about 40-45 people if we really try (and in the last few seasons we did have full house). Hope to have better subtitling, want to prepare the computer better, and hope to try a few different things to make the organization smoother.

The event is on February 22, Saturday, afternoon. The time is to-be-announced. Can see the event page on Facebook.

The Films

That I'm Falling?

That I’m Falling?

That I’m Falling

Dir: Eduardo Williams
France – 2013
A young man in search of a seed emerges from the underground where he spends time with his friends. In their company he begins a long digestive journey.

Participated in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2013, Transcinema 2013, Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival 2013, Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS 2013, Festival International du Court Métrage de Lille 2013.

Out of Reach

Out of Reach

Out of Reach

Dir: Jakub Stozek
Poland – 2011
Young and headstrong, sisters Karolina and Natalia are realistic about their home life. Their domineering father may not take care of them but they know any life with their mysteriously absent mother would surely be worse.
In this award winning film, director Jakub Stozek follows the girls as they finally seek out their mother and come to terms with surprising discoveries.

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking Sundance Film Festival.

Blind Spot

Blind Spot

Blind Spot

Dir: Johanna Bessière, Nicolas Chauvelot, Olivier Clert, Cécile Dubois-Herry, Yvon Jardel, Simon Rouby
France – 2007
A robber enters a small convenience shop to perform a hold-up. An old grandmother with bad eyesight is doing her shopping. Suddenly, things go horribly wrong.

Official Selection Cinefondation – Cannes Festival 2008, Best Student Piece Award – SIGGRAPH 2008, Student Competition – ANIMAFEST Zagreb 2008, Official Selection Ottawa 2008.




Dir: Ana Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak
Serbia – 2012
The Brainless Rabbits live in Rabbitland – the “perfect” democracy. The Rabbits spend days voting on democratic elections, which take place in Rabbitland once a day, because Rabbitland is an ordered democracy.

Crystal Bear – Berlin International Film Festival, Special Jury Mention Sarajevo Film Festival.

The Date

The Date

The Date

Dir: Jenni Toivoniemi
Finland – 2012
Tino’s manhood is put to the test in front of two women when he has to host a date for Diablo, the family’s stud cat.

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction – Sundance, Berlin 2013.

Buzkashi Boys

Buzkashi Boys

Buzkashi Boys

Dir: Sam French
Afghanistan – 2011
Buzkashi Boys tells the compelling coming of age story of two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith’s son, who struggle to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth.

Drama: Best-of Category – LA Shorts Fest, Best International Short Film – Raindance Film Festival, Best Cinematography – UK Film Festival.

2013 Summer Season / 夏季 未來短片節就要來囉!

After the very successful Spring screening, we are super-excited to announce the Future Shorts Summer Season already! We hope to make it the best season ever! We have 6 new shorts films from 6 different countries around the world. Prepare to be blown away – I personally cannot wait to see them!

We are preparing the screening, and we don’t have a set time yet. Check back to this page to see later, we will announce it here, soon! In the meantime, check out the trailer and the films that are coming to Taipei, to a cinema near you.

Trailer / 夏季預告: http://youtu.be/ODD1hl6cGrk

夏季的未來短片節, 對台灣來說夏天進入尾聲了, 沒關係;那就讓我們抓住夏天的尾巴吧!

六部強烈而風格迥異的影片,來自美國/西班牙/冰島/愛爾蘭以及英國, 在漸帶涼意的夜晚,給你的心臟不一樣的溫度。

<我們正在努力進行翻譯工作,時間地點都會在這篇文章通知唷> 只因為想給你們 最好的 :)




The films

Boneshaker movie image



Director: Frances Bodomo
United States – 2012
An African family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for its problem child. Stars 9-year old Oscar nominated Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Official selection Sundance Festival 2013, originally funded from Kickstarter.

導演: Frances Bodomo



9歲童星 Quvenzhané Wallis  曾榮獲奧斯卡提名(提名作品Beasts of the Southern Wild).

< 2013 日舞影展參展電影>

*本片經費從 Kickstarter 網站募得款項


La Huida – The Runaway

The Runaway

The Runaway

Director: Victor Carrey
Spain – 2011
Chewing gum. A dog leash. An Australia shaped stain on the wall. A bent traffic light… Each of these elements has its own story, even though all of them together can create a new plot..

Winner at Chicago Film Festival and Hugo Gold Award winner. Winner of 77 awards and more than 200 selections.

導演: Victor Carrey

西班牙 – 2011


<芝加哥國際電影節最佳影片> <雨果金獎得主>



The Pirate of Love

The Pirate of Love

The Pirate of Love

Director: Sara Gunnarsdóttir
Iceland – 2013
The Pirate of Love is an animated documentary about an outsider musician, Daniel C. Official selection AFI Film Fest & New Directors/New Films 2013.

導演: Sara Gunnarsdóttir

冰島 – 2013

The Pirate of Love 是一部動畫紀錄片,關於一個流浪音樂家- Daniel C.

<2013AFI電影節參展電影 並贏得- 新導演 / 新電影獎>

The Hidden Smile

The Hidden Smile

The Hidden Smile

Director: Ventura Durall
Spain – 2011
Following a 10-year-old kid who arrives at the Ethiopian capital after escaping from his home and his misfortunes to integrate into a street children group, The Hidden Smile constructs a realistic tale on the values that flourish in a society formed by children. Winner of Best Documentary at Abu Dhabi Film Festival and official Sundance selection 2012.

See the trailer on Youtube.

導演:Ventura Durall

西班牙 – 2011

跟著一個10歲的孩子,從他的家和他的不幸逃離至埃塞俄比亞首都,試著融入其他街頭流浪兒童所成的,近乎幫派一般的組織。The Hidden Smile 建構了一個很現實的故事,關於在一個由兒童所構成的社會裡,一種新價值觀的興起…

<阿布達比電影節 最佳紀錄片> <2012年日舞影展參展電影>



Irish Folk Furniture

Irish Folk Furniture

Irish Folk Furniture

Director: Tony Donoghue
Ireland – 2012
In Ireland, old hand-painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty, and with a time many would rather forget. In this animated documentary, 16 pieces of traditional folk furniture are repaired and returned home. Sundance 2013 winner for Best Animation short film.

導演:Tony Donoghue

愛爾蘭 – 2012







Director: Mahalia Belo
United Kingdom – 2012
Sam lives in a place where everything is polished and secrets are cleaned up and kept. So when Georgina goes missing, everyone acts like nothing happened. But Sam can’t stop thinking about her, the enigma who lived next door, swimming daily in her pool. As Sam drifts back into his memories of Georgina, he comes to realise he may know more than he wants to remember. Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Best Short.

See the trailer on Youtube.

導演: Mahalia Belo

英國 – 2012

Sam住在一個,一切都被修飾過而秘密都被整理好並隱藏的地方。因此,當Georgina 失踪時,每個人卻裝做什麼事都沒發生。但Sam無法停止想她,那個住在隔壁,每天在她的游泳池游泳,謎一般的女孩。Sam試著在腦海裡回想那些關於Georgina的記憶,卻逐漸意識到他記得的比他想知道的更多…



2013 Spring Season / 春季 未來短片節終於來囉!

It’s been a while since our last screening, and the Future Shorts headquarters in England prepared the new season for all of us to enjoy. Welcome to our Spring Season – the 5th quarterly collection of short films in Taipei from around the world.

The next screening is on July 27, Saturday evening, can RSVP at the Facebook event page or on the Google+ event page.

感覺這個冬天特別長, 我很想念跟大家一起看短片的夜晚。 在這樣熱辣辣的夏天裡,希望7/27晚上也看到你 :)

歡迎你和你的朋友   一起來看電影

The films:

The Whistle screenshot

The Whistle

The Whistle

Director: Grzegorz Zariczny
Poland – 2012
Marcin, a lowest-leagues football referee who lives in a small town near Krakow, dreams of better times. At his mother’s urging, he decides to change his life and find himself a girlfriend and more satisfying job. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Sundance 2013.

導演: Grzegorz Zariczny 
波蘭 – 2012
Marcin, 一個最低等級的聯賽足球裁判,住在Krakow附近的一個小鎮, 夢想更好的生活. 在他母親的催促下,他決定改變他的生活,為自己找個女友和一個更好的工作。
{ 2013日舞影展 金評審團大獎 }

38 – 39°C screenshot

38 – 39°C

38 – 39°C

Director: Kangmin Kim
South Korea – 2011
A man enters an old bathhouse where, induced by the intense heat and steam, he relives a memory of his father, and their past relationship ignites. Selected film at ANNECY International Animated Film Festival 2012 and Florida Film Festival 2012.

導演: Kangmin Kim 
南韓 – 2011
男人進入一個老舊澡堂,蒸氣和熱氣讓他想起他和他父親之間的回憶以及他們過去的關係。入圍 {2012 安錫國際動畫影展 } { 2012佛羅里達電影節 }

The Chair screenshot

The Chair

The Chair

Director: Grainger David
United States – 2012
The Chair is the story of a mysterious outbreak of poisonous mold in a small town and one boy’s attempt to understand his mother’s death, his grandmother’s obsession with their discarded recliner, and the roots of this short-lived, strange, and inexplicable plague. Jury Award Winner Best Narrative Short at SXSW 2012.

導演: Grainger David 
美國 – 2012
The Chair 講述毒霉在一個小鎮神秘性的爆發,一個小男孩試圖理解他母親的死、他祖母對於一張被他們遺棄的躺椅的著迷,以及這個有著短命、詭譎而令人費解的大災難。{ 2012 SXSW 評審團最佳故事短片 }

Micky Bader screenshot

Micky Bader (Bathing Micky)

Micky Bader

Director: Frida Kempff
Sweden – 2009
100 year old Micky has been a member of the local bathing club for almost half a decade. Every day, every season, she swims with her friends. From her story we gain a perspective on ourselves and our existence. Winner of the Jury Prize Cannes 2010.

導演: Frida Kempff 
瑞典 – 2009
100歲的米奇成為地方洗澡俱樂部的一員已經快超過半個世紀了。每一天,每一個季節,她都與她的朋友們游泳。從她的故事中,我們能感受到我們自己和我們的存在。{ 2010戛納電影節評委會大獎 }

Dogs Are Said to See Things screenshot

Dogs Are Said to See Things

Dogs Are Said To See Things

Director: Guto Parente
Brazil – 2012
An omen, a shred of time only. Suddenly the huge-bellied man jumps into the pool holding a glass of whiskey. Based on the short story by Moreira Campos. Jury Honorable Mention at AFI Fest 2012.

導演: Guto Parente 
巴西 – 2012
一個預兆,僅存於一瞬間。一個有著超大肚子的男子突然跳進游泳池,還拿著一杯威士忌。根據Moreira Campos的短篇小說改編。{ 2012 美國電影學會AFI電影節  評審嘉勉 }

Whiplash screenshot



Director: Damien Chazelle
United States – 2012
An aspiring drummer enters an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra. Winner of the US Fiction Award Sundance 2013.

導演: Damien Chazelle 
美國 – 2012
一個有抱負的鼓手進入一個菁英聚集的頂級爵士樂團。{ 2013 日舞 美國小說獎 }

Future Shorts Latest Winter Season

The latest season of Future Shorts is looking really awesome, I can hardly wait to put it on in Taipei for all of us to see. Here’s the trailer:

Screening: February 23, Saturday evening. To join the event and have the latest info, can RSVP on these pages:

Facebook events: https://www.facebook.com/events/122950084548349/
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The Films

Fishing Without Nets

Fishing Without Nets

Fishing Without Nets

Dir: Cutter Hodierne
Kenya – 2010
A story of pirates in Somalia told from the perspective of the Somalis.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

導演: Cutter Hodierne
肯亞 – 2010
本片榮獲 << 2012日舞影展 評審團大獎 得主>>

Marcel, King of Tervuren

Marcel, King of Tervuren

Marcel, King of Tervuren

Dir: Tom Schroeder
United States – 2012
The rooster Marcel survives the bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son Max.
Though blinded in one eye, he remains the King of Tervuren. Greek tragedy as acted out by Belgian roosters. Marcel, King of Tervuren is in competition at Sundance 2013.

導演: Tom Schroeder
美國- 2012
一隻叫Marcel的公雞一個公雞在歷經禽流感、酒精、安眠藥、最後是他自己的兒子等各種事件,後活了下來;即使瞎了一隻眼, 它仍舊維持它的王位。 改編自希臘著名悲劇伊底帕斯王的故事,由比利時公雞主演。
本片榮獲 << 2013日舞影展 參賽作品>>

We're Leaving

We’re Leaving

We’re Leaving

Dir: Zachary Treitz
United States – 2011
Rusty and Veronica have to move out their home and try to find a new place to live with their teenage alligator, Chopper.
We’re Leaving is a tender glimpse at one couple’s quest for small triumphs in an uncaring world.
Jury prize winner at Woodstock Film Festival and receiver of an Honorable Mention at Philadelphia Film Festival.

導演: Zachary Treitz
美國 – 2011
Rusty 和 Veronica 將要般離他們的家,並試著找一個新的地方,好跟他們十幾歲的鱷魚, Chopper 一起住。
本片榮獲 << Woodstock電影節 評審團獎>>
以及 << 費城電影節 榮譽獎 >>

The S From Hell

The S From Hell

The S From Hell

Dir: Rodney Ascher
United States – 2010
Short documentary-cum-horror film about the scariest corporate symbol in history – The 1964 Screen Gems logo, aka ‘The S From Hell.’ Built around interviews with survivors still traumatized from their childhood exposure to the logo after shows like Bewitched or The Monkees, the film brings their stories to life with animation, found footage and dramatic reenactments.

導演: Rodney Ascher
美國 – 2010
一部紀錄片暨諷刺恐怖片, 講述企業界史上最可怕的符號— 1964年Screen Gems 製片公司 的Logo, 通稱『從地獄來的S』,講述Screen Gems公司給一整代人帶來的童年惡夢。
訪問倖存者仍舊有著童年時期暴露在S logo下的的精神創傷,例如《摩登原始人》、《家有仙妻》等,本片將他們的故事用節目片段,動畫等等呈現。

Candy Girl

Candy Girl

Candy Girl

Dir: Lucy Luscombe
United Kingdom – 2012
A surreal coming-of-age short in which a young gymnast in competition begins to see the world differently.
Candy Girl explores the transition we make from idealistic childhood through the somewhat more murky world of the adolescent. Underwire Festival Winner of the Outstanding work by female practitioner aged 15 – 25, supported by BFI Future Film.

導演: Lucy Luscombe
英國 – 2012
Candy Girl 探索在我們從過度理想主義的童年轉變到某種程度上陰暗的多的青少年期。
由15 – 25歲的傑出女學員演出, 本片榮獲 << Underwire Festval>>選出,由 BFI Future Film 贊助。




Dir: Brian Lye
Czech Republic – 2010
Love Birds is a short film that sees humans acting as birds. A male and a female bird meet and fall in love. An egg is produced and all is happy in the nest until their love is tested and fate comes knocking.
A humorous love story that reflects the similarities between avian and human life.
Best Film at Primavera Film Festival, Leichhardt (Sydney) Australia.

導演: Brian Lye
捷克共和國 – 2010
Love Birds 是一部將人類型為看做鳥類的短片。
本片為 << Primavera Film Festival, 澳洲雪梨(小義大利區) >> 最佳影片

Seeds of the Fall

Seeds of the Fall

Seeds of the Fall

Dir: Patrik Eklund
Sweden – 2009
Middle-aged couple Rolf and Eva live in a passionless relationship. They wear and tear at each other and Eva begins to feel sexually frustrated. One night she tries to seduce Rolf. He dismisses her but then something happens that will change their relationship forever.
Special Jury Mention and the Audience Award at the 2010 Prague Short Film Festival from the Oscar nominated director Patrik Eklund.

導演: Patrik Eklund
瑞典 – 2009
中年夫婦Rolf 和 Eva 過著沒有熱情的生活。 他們的關係逐漸磨損,而Eva開始對他們的性關係感到挫折。有天晚上,她試圖勾引Ralph, 但後來發生的事,將永遠改變他們的關係。
本片榮獲以及 << 2010 布拉格短片節 評審特別獎、最受觀眾歡迎獎 >> 由奧斯卡提名導演 Patrik Eklund 執導。

Get your sweaters, Autumn season

It has been a long summer, even if vacation-wise it cannot ever be long enough. Now that days are getting shorter, the kids are back to school, the typhoons are gone, and the moon-cakes are all eaten, it’s time for the Future Shorts Autumn Season.

On the programme we have 5 short films from 4 different countries. It’s definitely on the cutting edge, since 3 of them debuted this year, and we are among the first people to get to see them.

Cafe Regular, Cairo

Coffee Regular, Cairo

Egypt, 2012, 11 minutes

A young couple find themselves speaking about things they have never spoken about before. In a city where the old and new meet, with the potential for anything to happen, they try to find their own place in a changing and uncertain world. Winner of Special Jury Mention at Tribeca Film Festival.

A Brief History of John Baldessari

A Brief History of John Baldessari

USA, 2012, 6 minutes

From the directors of CATFISH and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, A Brief History of John Baldessari tells us everything we do and don’t need to know about this American conceptual artist. Many know Baldessari as “the guy who puts dots on people’s faces.” But did you know that he is 6’7″ and that his wifi password is 123456789B?  An epic career is crammed into 5 and a half frenzied minutes. Narrated by Tom Waits.



UK, 2010, 14 minutes

Mike visits his estranged son on his birthday, wanting to take him out and rebuild a damaged relationship. But drink and the simmering violence from match day in London taints the occasion, resulting in a strained afternoon for both father and son. Pearce has been named one of the  ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ by Screen International, and Rite was nominated for Best Short Film at BAFTA Scotland.

The Black Balloon

The Black Balloon

USA, 2012, 18 minutes

Winner of Sundance’s Short Filmmaking Award, the Safdie brothers bring a film intended for children, morphed into a sci-fi urban fable. Black Balloon explores New York and the complicated lives of individuals and their daily experiences from the heights of a stray balloon.

On The Line

On the Line

Germany, 2007, 30 minutes

A story about love, voyeurism and guilt. A department store security guard watches a clerk in the store’s bookshop on CCTV and falls for her. After  he witnesses, and ignores, a supposed love rival being attacked on a train, guilt begins to destroy his once ordered life. On the Line has won over 50 International awards.

We are looking forward to arrange the autumn screening, and will let you know about them soon! In the meantime you can let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Facebook/G+/Twitter.

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4/5 of Summer

In both China and Taiwan, we have “ The 24 Solar Terms

and there we past, “the Beginning of Autumn”  (13th solar term)Aug.7,8 or 9

couple days ago.

Autumn has come? It feels like summer when you walking down the street, covered by sweat.


Future Shorts Summer Festival 2012So we had our Summer Future Shorts Festival on July 14,2012.

I was amazed by the films this time, probable the best list so far to me.

Many films this time are (at least to me) more into the core of many problems that start to getting serious for the last couple decades. For example,  out of balanced parenting,  pollution problems, (they never gone far)  multi-backgrounded neighbor…etc, and some other films are more about how time changes.

It was a tough choice for me to choose from “Guest”, “Street Vendor Cinema” and “Fireworks”.

One huge reason makes me vote  ” Street Vendor Cinema ” at last, is the grandma in the film.

She asked the team to film a sad family story from her childhood. Despite she is moving between actors and tell them to cry harder or so, it makes me sad to think about she gone through all the stories.  How will you dealing with a sad memory deep inside your heart?  Even tried to bury it, it usually shows up when you least want it to. The grandma make it a film, maybe to memorize it forever, maybe is another way to let the pain out from her heart, release those memories and via sharing the story, she might felt something else instead of the original emotions.

“Street Vendor Cinema” is more like a documentary film, or a home-vid film. No fancy equipment, no expensive lights or microphones, but  I like to see every films they made for the crowd, represent of some people’s dream, maybe that’s your dream  too.

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Introducing the Summer Programme

Now that the summer has arrived, here’s the lineup for the latest movies at Future Shorts. 7 award winning short films from 5 different countries, many different styles and visuals. This time all family-safe, though it looks like they will again rock your world.

A Morning Stroll

A Morning Stroll by Grant Orchard

United Kingdom – 2012 – 7mins

Created by Studio AKA, the multi-BAFTA winning company behind Future Shorts favourite Jojo in the Stars, Grant Orchard’s A Morning Stroll is the story of an encounter between a New Yorker and a chicken. Told over three acts spanning over 100 years, this incredibly successful animated short has already won a BAFTA and a Jury Award at Sundance and was nominated for a Short Animated Film Oscar. Click here to see the trailer.


Guest by Ga Eun-Yoon

South Korea – 2011 – 20mins

A teenager angry at her father’s affair barges into his mistress’ house to find her two little kids. Winner of the 2012 International Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, Guest is a beautifully acted coming-of-age portrayal of emotions from Korean National University of Arts’ film program.

Notes on Biology

Notes on Biology by Will Madden

United States – 2011 – 6mins

A stop motion animation, Notes on Biology was the winner of Best Short at SXSW. This very clever short film brought to us by Ornana Films follows a student’s imagination during a Biology class.

We’ll Become Oil

We’ll Become Oil by Mihai Grecu

Romania – 2011 – 6mins

A winner at Tampere Film Festival, this experimental documentary inspired by the Golf of Mexico oil spill describes the effect of conflict in geographical spaces. Click here to watch the trailer.

Street Vendor Cinema

Street Vendor Cinema by Clarissa Knoll

Brazil – 2011 – 15mins

A short film producer sells filmmaking on demand in the busiest shopping street of Brazil. The outcome is an extraordinary mix of genres, from a samurai epic to a family melodrama, all born out of popular fantasy shaped amid the market’s chaos.


Tumult by John Barrington

United Kingdom – 2011 – 13 min

A tribe of norse warriors traipses across a barren land after battle. Their dying chief is about to hand over power to his son when an army of a completely different kind descends upon them. Click here to watch the trailer.


Fireworks by Victor Hugo Duran

United States – 2011 – 11mins

Growing up in Los Angeles, the fourth of July was always about fireworks. Against the holiday backdrop in South L.A., Fireworks is a coming-of-age story of two adolescent boys on a quest to impress a group of girls. Click here to watch the trailer.

We are just setting up the screenings in and around Taipei for these films, and we’ll let you know as soon as they are arranged. Should be very soon, can’t wait to see these!

find me on google plusGergely Imreh

Extreme Shorts – a review of Future Shorts 2012 Spring

This is a guest column reviewing our 2012 Spring programme by Alexander Flenniken. He is a filmmaker living in Taipei, a founder of “Cracked Aperture,” a video production house, and is currently in preproduction for a feature film titled “Fall Tiger,” slated to begin filming in September.

Film still from The Bear

The Bear by Nash Edgerton

The thing about short films is that they’re extreme. The Spring 2012 selection of Future Shorts, which I saw in Taipei this week, was generally a good example of this, featuring stories about terrible accidents, love, and probably the most sexually explicit claymation ever made. But the thing is, although these films are shocking and sometimes quite moving, it’s subtlety and realism that are ultimately the most memorable.

What I call the “short film car rule,” held true here–whenever characters are driving a car in a short film, the car inevitably crashes–but it was bicycling that was the most dangerous, with two impressively violent bike accidents across the eight films. The first film, “Bear,” featured a sequence of mistakes and misunderstandings leading to the surreal death of one of the main characters, keeling over in a gigantic bear suit. I found both that film and “The Arm,” this second film with a bike accident, to be so manipulative that the manipulation became evident. I react strongly against violence like this, which punishes the audience for liking the characters or engaging with the story.

My favorite film, ultimately, was the second, “Quadrangle,” a documentary about the strange linking between the parents of two families in the late sixties, as the fathers switched houses as soon as the children fell asleep, and returned home before they woke up. There’s something fascinating about hearing these parents, now with grey hair and wrinkles, telling the story of how they took the first steps of this double affair as they were stuck on a sandbar during a boat trip. One of the funniest moments in the festival was a mother describing in detail her sexual relationship with her friends’ husband, only to stop to bat angrily at a passing fly. Ultimately, things fell apart, but one of the fathers told of how he remembered that time as being a happy one, and contented one.

The organizers, who are friends of mine, asked me to write a blog post to share my perspective on these films as a filmmaker. I’m not sure if my perspective is any clearer or my taste is any more sophisticated, but I am drawn to a thought I’ve found interesting as I dig deeper and deeper into film. Cinematographers are said to have shifting tastes in color and shadow, and as they become more and more experienced, their visceral interest in saturated colors, complementary colors, low key lighting, fast cuts and dramatic moves is replaced by a more refined interest in complex colors, subtle graduations across a face, and compositions and moves that feel like reality. Maybe we have two species of short films here, a style for the masses, a popcorn style, exemplified in “Bear”, and a fine wine style, exemplified in “Quadrangle.”

In any case, I’m looking forward to Summer’s selection!