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Fantastic Fest Short Film lineup announced

Fantastic Fest has announced its full 2010 short films lineup, including over 40 genre-bending selections from around the world. The festival has amassed the ultimate array of cool, twisted, beautiful, mind-bending, horrifying and hilarious short films. The best short films can pack in more emotion, laughs adrenaline, creativity and flat-out insanity than a million big-budget blockbusters. Or they can show you something so ambitiously horrendous that you beg for mercy.


5 Minute Dating Canada, Director: Peter Hatch A dating service where anyone can find their soul mate.

12 Years Germany, Director: Daniel Nocke We're not the only species that needs to endure the wrenching pain of relationships gone sour.

The Astronomer’s Sun UK, Director: David Bunting Lovely animated story about a boy and his bear and the secrets of the universe

Atomic Hubbub UK, Director: Stephen Irwin Here's the newest way to enjoy mankind's impending self-apocalypse.

Barcelona Venecia Spain, Director: David Muñoz When you've accidentally slipped through a wormhole, you'd better hope your guide isn't a jackass.

By Night Germany, Director: Juan DiazB A man copes with the pain of life through a very unusual medium: snow globes.

Careful with that Crossbow New Zealand, Director: Jason Stutter Two children engage in a seemingly innocent game of William Tell.

Culebra US, Director: Sean Carter In the desert between the US and Mexico, there are more terrifying things to watch out for than the border guards.

Deus Irae Argentina, Director: Pedro Cristiani Exorcism. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.

Fard France, Director: David Alapont and Luis Briceño A civilization built on the idea that "What you don't see doesn't exist" is severely disturbed when a man opens a mysterious package.

El Fin Del Mundo Spain, Director: Alberto Gonzales President Reagan has an extremely important message for us.

Giant UK, Director: Yann Benedi A bittersweet introduction to the not-so-human condition.

The Importance of Awards in Advertising US, Director: Jim Hosking A concise, informative, hairy and fairly nude introduction to the world of big business.

Interview Germany, Director: Sebastian Marka A journalist scores an interview with a notorious and so far uncaptured serial killer.

It's Me, Helmut Switzerland/Germany, Director: N. Steiner Happy birthday! Your entire life was squandered and you'll die alone!

Jaulas Mexico, Director: Juan Jose Medina A man treads across a post-apocalyptic landscape carrying a bitter, vengeful burden.

King Chicken Canada, Director: Nicolas Bolduc Even the most ridiculous, lonely people can find romance. Wait. No. Probably not.

King Jeff UK, Director: Phil Dale Two costumed medieval wannabes are forced to face off against all-too-real foes.

The Legend of Beaver Dam Canada, Director: Jerome Sable A bloodthirsty campfire terror legend goes...musical?

Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers Sweden, Director: Johannes Stjärne Nilsson and Ola Simonsson Percussion reaches bold new heights in this brilliantly unique tale of urban paradiddles and ratamacues.

My Invisible Friend Spain, Director: Pablo Larcuen A semi-catatonic young man is finally able to reach beyond his world of porn and video games thanks to his first and only friend: an alien fish-man.

Ninjas Brazil, Director:  Dennison Ramalho Emotionally tortured after accidentally shooting a child, a policeman is offered a brutal shot at redemption.

Off Season USA/UK, Director: Jacob Jaffke A burglar and his dog navigate seasonally abandoned houses, and find someone is committing much more terrible crimes.

One Man and His Dog UK, Director: Jonathan Hopkins An interstellar would-be savior stumbles across a violent flim-flam man. Hijinks ensue.

Only Son New Zealand, Director: thedownlowconcept A young man receives unwanted dating advice from his dead father.

La Petit Mort Germany, Director: Jan Gallasch This nurse does not abide by the Hippocratic Oath.

Piano Man USA, Director: Andrew Wilding It's the perfect crime...what could possibly go wrong?

Picnic Sweden, Director: Henrik Andersson A happy couple enjoying a gorgeous summer day together is unprepared for the difficulties that attack their peaceful life.

La Piñata Spain, Director: Manuel Arija A street performer draws a tremendous crowd, including a young lady who may regret watching.

Pixels France, Director: Patrick Jean A full-scale invasion from the 8-bit dimension!!!

Protoparticles Spain, Director: Chema Garcia Ibarra Life is hard. Life in a hermetically sealed space suit is nearly impossible.

Renegades USA, Director: Jim Hosking Two tragic friends enter a world of weaponry, nudity and cake shaped like a clown's head.

Le Rescape du Hippocampe France, Director: Julien Lecat A woman enters the deepest recesses of her friend's brain to help him get back on track.

Rise of the Living Corpse Canada, Director: Chris Walsh Rotting flesh breaks soil and the fun begins. The shortest short in FF history.

Rosenhill Sweden, Director: Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm A lovable grandmother is certain that her nursing home caretakers are murderous maniacs. She's right.

Sasquatch Birth Journal 2 USA, Director:  The Zellner Brothers An unprecedented peek at the mysteries of nature.

Seed Czech Republic/UK/USA, Director: Ben Richardson and Daniel Bird Birth. Junk. Expansion. Technology. Death. Usually in that order.

Sorry...I Love You Spain, Director: Leticia Dolera A shy, possibly non-human man ends up working with a girl who makes his heart -- or something else in his chest -- go pitter-pat.

St. Christophorus: Roadkill Germany, Director: Gregor Erler With the help of some corrupt cops, a man driving through the forest of Germany has the worst goddamn night in history.

Stranger Hero USA, Director: Stephen Carolan Prepare to witness the power of the ultimate warrior of the lost world: Stranger Hero!!

Teclópolis Argentina, Director: Javier Mrad Impossible landscapes created by everyday objects. Hypnotic and perfect.

To My Mother and Father UK, Director: Can Evrenol A nightmarish example of a practical joke gone awry.

Uncle Jack USA, Director: Jamin Winans A very special uncle soothes his nephew with a very special bedtime story.

Unholy Night Sweden, Director: Arni Jonsson Original Icelandic legend provides for 13 Santa Clauses, each of whom arrive in succession on different nights.  But their Santas aren't as benevolent as ours, and tonight is the night for the one they call "Meathook."

United Monster Talent Agency USA, Director: Greg Nicotero You're likely already familiar with the classic monster films of Hollywood's golden age. Now, learn how tough it was to get those monsters to behave on camera!

Vision UK, Director: Jamie Hooper A young woman receives a mysterious DVD in the post.  She soon comes to realize that pressing “play” was a bad mistake.

Voltage Brazil, Director: Filippe Lyra and William Paiva A crew of robots teaches us lousy humans how it's really done.

Wisdom Teeth USA, Director: Don Hertzfeldt The latest hilarious heart wrecker from unstoppable animation force Don Hertzfeldt!

Yuri Switzerland, Director: Cécile Brun, Katja Schiendorfer, Immanuel Wagner and Nils Hedinger An astronaut wanders the spaceways in search of new life. When something shows up...he's at a loss.

And if you don’t catch these shorts before one of our features, you’ll have a chance to see some of them in our shorts programs:

DRAWN & QUARTERED: Animated Shorts It's been said that animation isn't just for kids anymore. Well, that's ESPECIALLY the case at Fantastic Fest. We'll be showcasing all aspects of genre entertainment in animated form, some of which will make you laugh, and some of which will make your bodily functions shut down entirely. 12 YEARS ATOMIC HUBBUB THE ASTRONOMERS SUN FARD GIANT JAULAS PIXELS RISE OF THE LIVING CORPSE SEED TECLOPOLIS VOLTAGE WISDOM TEETH YURI

Short Fuse! Severe Fantastic Fest Shorts The best short films can pack in more adrenaline, creativity and flat-out insanity than a million big-budget blockbusters. Or they can show you something so ambitiously horrendous that you beg for mercy. Your intrepid Fantastic Fest programmers have scoured the international celluloid goldmines for the most skull-bursting, taste-annihilating and eyeball-destroying shorts in existence, and this program is truly the mother load. DEUS IRAE THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM INTERVIEW NINJAS OFF SEASON ROSENHILL TO MY MOTHER AND FATHER

Fantastic Fest has scoured the globe for the very best in action, horror, science fiction, fantasy to the truly bizarre in contemporary cinema for your viewing pleasure. Look for more announcements in the final weeks before the festival, including information on our gala events, parties and AMD Next Wave filmmakers in attendance.

Fantastic Fest is the film festival with the boring parts cut out. Miss this one and your regrets will agonize you for years to come. You have been warned.

For the latest developments visit Fantastic Fest Facebook & Twitter.

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