For those uninitiated into the cult of the Midnight Shorts program, check your inhibitions at the door. A maddening collection of ten films—animated, narrative and experimental in nature—all custom designed to deliver a visual and aural experience that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your therapist in the morning.
Directed by: Ryan Betschart
USA, 2022, 3m
First discovered in 1972 by a band of Dutch/Indonesian researchers and isolated for the first time by engineers at 5150 in Studio City, California—ladies and gentlemen: the exotic and rare Lee-Roth Fog. An uncanny new short from the mad creators of “The Flaw in the Crystal” (FFF 2021).
Directed by: Chris McInroy
USA, 2021, 8m
Twisted Austin filmmaker Chris McInroy (“We Summoned a Demon,” FFF 2018; “Death Metal,” FFF 2017) returns with the workplace tale of one man who wears his guts on the outside of his body.
Directed by: Alex Fofonoff
USA, 2022, 14m
When a cold-case novelist’s career implodes, she seeks refuge at her friend’s remote vacation home. Upon arrival, she encounters a strange couple who claim to be the caretakers. As tensions build, a dark secret begins to emerge.
Directed by: Yoon Hei Cho
USA, 2021, 4m
An incident of inconvenient panic attack: of having your internal consciousness struggle to get out of an inescapable internal torture chamber while your physical self—in reality—is paralyzed.
Directed by: Peter Ahern
USA, 2022, 5m
Peter Ahern (“Down to the Bone,” FFF 2010) returns with the blind date woes of Rick and Becky (who has something in her eye…and her closet).
Directed by: Susannah Farrugia
Malta/UK, 2021, 8m
A psychological horror film about a novice nun who develops a severe skin condition, which continues to worsen along with her mental state, as she struggles with her feelings for another nun.
Directed by: Carolina Sandvik
Sweden, 2021, 14m
A father-to-be ends up in a feverish nightmare after a miscarriage, when a strange entity seems to be growing in the mother’s blood.
Directed by: Anthony Cousins
USA, 2021, 7m
Title says it all! A carnage coated confection from the director of “The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds” (FFF 2019).
Directed by: Alan Chung-An, Ou
Taiwan, 2021, 13m
In Mandarin with English subtitles
In the dark room, candles flicker faintly. A body lies in the middle of the hall. Huei and her husband Wen Hsiung come to say goodbye to Huei’s dearest sister. The seemingly calm and sad farewell ceremony hides an astonishing and dark secret.
Directed by: Kenichi Ugana
Japan, 2021, 17m
In Japanese with English subtitles
Haruka, Nana, and Takanori visit the house of Souta, a band member who has lost contact with them. But Souta’s behavior is a little strange in this crazy mix of The Exorcist, The Evil Dead, and The Grudge.