EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILMS
A collection of the best experimental short films from around the world today.
THE DENDROVERSE, 4min., Experimental/Thriller
Fear of heights, cockroaches or dark. Fear can differ; some fears are minor, while others can be big. And when you overcome them, you feel more substantial than you were as you understand they were only panic inside your head and nothing else. And you just needed a bit of courage to win over them...
ANIMAL short film, 7min., France, Dance/Experimental
This short film is an adaption of the performance Animale (choreography by Lisie Philip, music by Laurent Tamagno). It was produced for an event in the MAMAC (the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Nice) called “la Nuit des Musées” in 2017. I perceived the show as a celebration of the vital...
SILENT RHYTHM, 36min., USA, Documentary / Dance
This short documentary explores the relationship dancers have with music, especially when none of the dancers can hear the music. The Gallaudet Dance Company is home to a small dance studio that pushes the meaning of dance beyond the scope of sound. This year marked a specific turning point for t...
TEETER short film, 7min., Canada, Experimental Dance
Teeter portrays a codependent relationship between two people; one of whom plays the role of supporter and caretaker whilst the other moves freely, unencumbered by their own instability. The help given is often taken without the knowledge of the person receiving it; as if an invisible safety net ...
caprice x2 short film, 4min., Animation/Experimental
forms and gestures, situations over a copy (is_t) existance. marks and notes happening while light resounds.
Directed by Claudia Ungersbäck
PASSAGE short film, 2min., Australia, Animation/Experimental
A surreal and expressionistic animation. A painted female figure steps through a doorway, undergoing a surreal exploration of body and identity, whilst being confronted with distortions of herself. Digitally painted frame by frame animation.
AUDIBLE LOCKDOWN short film, 15min,. Australia, Experimental/Music
A kaleidoscopic audiovisual portrait of the city of Melbourne during the COVID lockdowns in 2020. All sounds have been created from field recordings made in the Melbourne CBD under lockdown, and all footage has similarly been gathered from the city.
THE MIDNIGHT TRIP short film, 7min., USA, Experimental/Drama
On his way through the desert at night to an important business meeting a man’s car breaks down and he is forced to confront his own past and to reconsider his values.
IN DIFFERENCE, 2min,. USA, Experimental
In-Difference is an ethereal, poetic glimpse at the trials and tribulations of a modern romance and its artifacts.
W.H.Auden The More Loving One
Music Frederic Chopin Prelude in e-minor (Op.28 No.4)
Directed by Nina Marinov
Produced by Clayton Nix
Director of ...
I WAS, 2min., USA, Experimental
I WAS is a lyrical, experimental meditation on the journey to extinguish the ego and reconcile one’s mortality
Directed and edited by Nina Marinov
Cinematography by Chris Anthony Hamilton
Excerpts from works of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath
and Sadhguru’s meditation
EPHÉMEROS short film, 13min., Lithuania, Dance
EPHÉMEROS - (transitory in Ancient Greek) is a dance film that subtly combines three elements - human, plant and sculpture - to create a unique world of fantasies. The temporality of being experienced in this world is inevitable - everything is temporary in relation to eternity.
THE MAZE short film, 3min., USA, Dance
We are caged in our own thoughts, running through loopholes only to find ourselves exactly where we started. The Covid 19 Pandemic had caused most of us artists in a complete shot down but we also had the opportunity long gone, to reflect on what we are doing and what is on the horizon. We lived ...
CONVERGENCE short film, 6min., USA, Experimental
Breaking a long slumber, a mysterious rope leads a soul through a decaying world as he attempts to connect with another.
Directed by Maya Marzuki Peters, Anahita von Andrian-Werburg
Cast: Sean Pfeiffer, Anya Susan
Convergence grapples with fear, loss, and ultimately, connect...
GHOST LAKE short film, 5min., Singapore, Dance
A woman in mourning confronts the loss of her lover. In a space where grief exists, time is relative
Directed by Shanice Stanislaus, Jon Tan
Cast: Daphne Huang, Antonio Vargas
This was an international collaboration, with Taiwanese and Singaporean musicians coming together...
ONE SHILLING short film, 6min., UK, Dance/Experimental
One Shilling. A contemporary dance film where four strangers from different backgrounds escape everyday life for one night, drinking and dancing in one of London’s underground bars during the Blitz.
Directed by Monica Nicolaides
Produced by Judy Ibelhauptaite
Composer: Ben Lloyd-Evans
THINGS SHE WANTS, 3min., Canada, Poem/Experimental
An interpretation of the prose poem by Paola Ferrante which explodes marriage and explores the lived experience of intimate partner violence.
Directed by Kevin Andrew Heslop
Writer: Paola Ferrante
Cast: Niki Carr
MAGPIE, 2min., Canada, Experimental
An interpretation of Catriona Wright's poem "Magpie" which explodes domesticity.
Cast: Ruth Douthwright, Niki Carr
Director Biography - Kevin Andrew Heslop
Kevin Andrew Heslop is a polydisciplinary doofus whose debut collection of poetry, the correct fury...
INFERNO, 16min,. Germany, Dance/Experimental
Inferno“ by Nostos Tanztheater is a dance theater about exclusion, trauma, refugee issues and displacement.
Where is Hell?
We are talking about prisoners who live in cells without hope. Families who had to flee persecution and are stranded in a boat between borders.
We are talking about people w...
BETWEEN THE BALANCE, 4min., USA, Dance/Experimental
choreography by Nicole Kadar & Dancers - while editing a full length dance concert I added a filter to give the dance a particular look & feel. but what happened next was something I rarely do. I used a mirror effect and it divided & repeated half the frame. which gave the piece a more abstract &...
BYOUL PART 2: DA short film, 8min., South Korea, Dance
Byoul Part 2: Da
"Da reinterprets DaEun Jung and Melody Shim’s long-time collaboration Byoul through the intimate lens of filmmaker Taso Papadakis. Da blurs the boundaries between the classical form and pedestrian moves as well as discipline and spontaneity, branched out from the original proje...
BEEHIVE (do you want me to bee), 2min., Italy, Dance
Beehive aims at focusing on the critical part bees plays in the biosphere as a deeply interconnected system. As pollinators, the bees make every sort of flowers and trees grow. Without them we are all lost.
In a rocky and steep beehive two worker bees do not dance their lives away; quite the oppo...
BROKEN short film, 4min., France, Dance
1 in 3 women are victims of violence during their lifetime, i.e. 1 billion women worldwide. Their names are Myriam, Adèle, Clémence ... They are 20, 35 or 48 years old. They are victims but do not always have the words to speak and to find help ... Since January 1, 2020, 11 women have died killed...
SUBSTANCE short film, 3min., USA, Experimental/Poem
Looking closely at the human body, deliberately exaggerated, scaled, as close as possible, we can see the substance - eternal, unshakable, requiring nothing but itself for its existence.
Excerpt from T.S.Eliot Four Quartets
Dance company Will ...
MEMORY OF WATER, 9min., USA, Experimental
Countries of Filming: Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Republic of, United States
A visual poem on life, death and rebirth of water.
Directed by Changhee Chun