Mind-bending tales take hold at the 2012 Worldwide Short Film Festival when the Sci-Fi: Out There program travels through time and space on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm. Infectious diseases, aliens, video games, and time travel showcase the program which consists of six short films. Highlights of the program include the black and white, live-action and animation combo Out Of Erasers and the comedic time travel short Tumult.
Out Of Erasers – Sweden, Denmark – 15 minutes
Set in a past that is familiar but oddly different, Out Of Erasers combines two incredible visual styles for an exciting short film. What begins as a paranoia filled black and white film quickly turns into something more when the action is blended with animation. As a strange infection spreads through a city, a woman’s only hope to survive is to find the one thing that can cure the disease: an eraser. The final moments of the film are stunning, putting the final touch on thrilling adventure.
Tumult – United Kingdom – 13 minutes
Dark comedy sets the stage for Tumult, as a group of Norse warriors try to save their injured chief after a battle. Trying to reach their camp as quickly as possible, the men come across another group of warriors, a bus full of tourists. While we’re never really sure who is out of time, the end result is a bloody, and hilarious, short film. Watching the two groups of people attempt to interact is priceless. The Norse warriors aren’t sure if the tourists are coming to take their chief to Valhalla, or if they’re a new breed of enemy, while the tourists assume this is just part of the trip until things turn violent. The humour is certainly dark and will leave audiences laughing.
The Sci-Fi: Out There program also contains the shorts 88:88, the story of a woman who is so convinced that something is trying to take her from her bed, she chains herself to it. Sedare, a tale about a journalist trying to interview a scientist who has discovered a cure for a new virus, but who also may have been part of its creation. Codes Of Honor is about a gamer traveling through a virtual reality while remembering a youth spent playing video games. Finally, there’s Pioneer, an incredible short that has a father telling his son a bedtime story about his life, a life that has lasted for hundreds of years.