"This year we scoured the globe and brought back a batch that we knew would truly satisfy the gore hounds of SXSW. Full of scares, sex, madness, laughs, chills and major mind f*cks, we hope there's a little something for everyone.”
The 106 short films were chosen from a pool of 3,597 submissions, and will presented in ten curated programs. Shorts Programmer Claudette Godfrey states:
“It was harder than ever to narrow down our final program, but this year's selections beautifully capture, in a multitude of ways, the essence of existence in this very specific moment."
Check out the lineup below:
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Big Ass Spider!
Director: Mike Mendez, Screenwriter: Gregory Gieras
When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the city is destroyed. Cast: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Patrick Bauchau (World Premiere)
Director: E.L. Katz, Screenwriters: Trent Haaga, David Chirchirillo
Recently fired and facing eviction, the married father of a newborn has his life turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to financial security...but at a price.
Cast: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller (World Premiere)
Director: Vincenzo Natali, Screenwriter: Brian King
Lisa Johnson is one day shy of her 16th birthday and will be forever. She and her family are doomed to repeat the fateful day before they were all killed in 1985. Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, David Hewlett (World Premiere)
Kiss of the Damned
Director/Screenwriter: Xan Cassavetes
Beautiful vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of human screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. When her sister Mimi comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…
Cast: Joséphine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Ching Valdes-Aran (U.S. Premiere)
The Lords of Salem
Director/Screenwriter: Rob Zombie
From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood. Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn (U.S. Premiere)
Director: Dennis Iliadis, Screenwriter: Bill Gullo
When the party of the decade is disrupted by a supernatural phenomenon, the night soon descends in to chaos. Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Ashley Hinshaw, Natalie Hall (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder
After being released from prison, a man known as The Rambler stumbles upon a strange mystery as he attempts a dangerous journey through treacherous back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long lost brother.
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher, Natasha Lyonne, James Cady, Scott Sharot
Directors: Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Screenwriters: Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, Jamie Nash, Jason Eisener, John Davies
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance.
Cast: Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L. C. Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A fresh twist on home-invasion horror. A gang of masked murderers descend upon a family reunion, and the victims seem trapped...until an unlikely guest proves to be the most talented killer of all.
Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg
A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling. The winner of our Grand Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2014 Academy Award nomination for Best Narrative Short.
Director: Celia Rowlson-Hall
A young woman auditions for the role of "Clipboard Woman"
Director: Kat Candler
After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, the actions of one fan creates a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.
Director: Frances Bodomo
An African family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for its problem child.
Director: Steven Schardt
An alcoholic father, recently served restrictive custody papers, kidnaps his son to go on a road trip.
Director: Santiago Gil
Around an isolated lake, the experience of a tragedy travels like a wave through space and time, from person to person, from memory to imagination.
Dotty (New Zealand)
Directors: Mick Andrews, Brett O'Gorman
A stubborn old lady struggles to send a text message to her daughter.
Ellen Is Leaving (New Zealand)
Director: Michelle Savill
On the eve of departing overseas, Ellen makes the fateful decision to gift her boyfriend a new girlfriend.
Directors: Simon Atkinson, Adam Townley
An eleven year old boy, unable to fly his kite alone, befriends a peculiar girl who can not leave her caravan.
It's Not You, It's Me
Director: Matt Spicer
A young woman's relationship takes a dark turn when every sound her boyfriend makes starts to annoy her.
Directors: Nathan Honnold, Alex Zhuravlov
Kelly, a female entrepreneur, gives personal advice and insight into business and beauty. She finds inspiration in her personal experiences and in her role model Mary Kay.
Directors: Nathan Honnold, Alex Zhuravlov
An elderly couple finds excitement in breaking and entering.
MOBILE HOMES (USA/France)
Director: Vladimir de Fontenay
MOBILE HOMES tells the story of a young woman, trapped in sex trafficking, and her son who explores an unlikely way out.
Director: John Hellberg
What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town?
Director: Jeremy Hersh
Rachel, a young Manhattanite, is so in love with her girlfriend's Native American roots that she begin to lose sight of their relationship.
Directors: Kyle Bogart, Cliff Bogart
A friendship is tested as two Black Metal bandmates lose hope that they will ever achieve their ultimate goal: To be the most evil band in the world.
Directors: Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva
#PostModem is a comedic satirical sci-fi pop-musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists. It's the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity, told in a series of cinematic tweets.
Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Behind the scenes of a hit reality TV show, a jaded producer and a spurned beauty queen face off in mental mortal combat. One driven by cash rewards and ambition, the other clinging to her last shred of dignity. Only one can leave victorious.
Director: Jed Cowley
John, a stubborn shale pit owner, and his once dutiful wife, Sheila, have a grave confrontation after months of separation.
Si Nos Dejan
Director: Celia Rowlson-Hall
If they let us, we will love each other all our lives.
Director: Jordana Spiro
A child taxidermist, an outsider in his small town, is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. But just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything.
Director: Jason B. Kohl
A pig farmer tests his unemployed son's resolve to join the family business.
Social Butterfly (France/USA)
Director: Lauren Wolkstein
A 30-year-old American woman enters a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.
Director: Aaron David DeFazio
When Ron, a high powered hedge fund manager, finds out that his biggest investor may be pulling out of the fund, his world begins to collapse on him, as he juggles fatherhood, his ex-wife, and one very big secret.
Directors: Dustin Bowser, Brie Larson
A relationship ends.
When We Lived in Miami
Director: Amy Seimetz
Filmed in Miami during Hurricane Isaac, When We Lived in Miami is a hypnotic short about the lengths one woman will go to keep her family from falling apart.