Some science fiction ideas just don't work as feature-length films, but in short form they make for compelling stories and great cinematic experiences. We've gathered together a mix of fantastic international short films that offer everything from the fun and frivolous to the deep and meaningful.
Himiko the Godslayer vs. the Daemon Legion of Azure Dragons
(Dir. Hikaru Tsukuda, Japan, 2015, 5mins)
Kyoto, Japan, the guardian Gods who protect the four quarters suddenly revolt against human beings! To save the world, a Godslayer, Kaguraoka Himiko, takes action.
Prelude to Axanar
(Dir. Christian Gossett, USA, 2014, 21mins)
An independent Star Trek project tells the story of Captain Kirk’s hero, Garth of Izar, during the war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.
Rule of One
(Dir. Michael Rodrigues, UK, 2015, 17mins)
A rebellious teenager must learn to work with his father to keep a baby hidden from the ruthless Agency of Population Planning.
(Dir. Giacomo Cimini, UK, 2014, 18mins)
Desperate to avoid facing a traumatic reality, a father must venture outside into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a beautiful illusion.
(Dir. Rochan Redelinghuys, USA, 2013, 14mins)
Post-WWIII society, where possession of food is punishable by death, a female cop struggles to protect her law-breaking lover.
Twenty Forty Three
(Dir. Eugénie Muggleton, Australia, 2014, 17mins)
Thirty years after plague has ravaged Earth, Jack, disillusioned, struggles with desires and the ultimate truce made by a dystopian society - to never touch again.
(Dir. Robin Phillips, USA, 2014, 29mins)
Three wanted air pirates embark on a dangerous quest, after discovering a lost child princess who may hold the ticket to their freedom.
(Dir. Joshua Planz, John Mattiuzzi, USA, 2014, 4mins)
A lonely creature on a lonely planet is addicted to computer generated imagery.