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What If Robots of the Future Were Angsty Rather Than Angry? What If Robots of the Future Were Angsty Rather Than Angry?

Westworld has given us a terrifying look at what might happen if humanoid robots powered by highly sophisticated AI suddenly became self-aware and very, very pissed off. Clever short film A.I. Therapy imagines instead future technology that becomes self-aware... and very, very self-involved.

Short Film Campers Chronicles Young Love With a Freaky Scifi Twist Short Film Campers Chronicles Young Love With a Freaky Scifi Twist

At a family campground somewhere in rural France, an unspoken attraction takes ahold of two teenage strangers. But there’s something bizarre and quite possibly alien happening to the boy, and the girl soon reveals there’s way more to her than just the party princess she appears to be at first.

Atmosphere Is Everything in This Creepy Horror Short Atmosphere Is Everything in This Creepy Horror Short

A few years back, io9 featured filmmaker John Panton’s short Line Signal, a chronicle of a lone women’s spectacularly spooky trail run. Now he’s back with Surveyor, another tale of a regular person who just happens to stumble into some very unsettling surroundings.

A Deep-Space Disaster Gets Weirder By the Second in Suspenseful Short Film Hyperlight A Deep-Space Disaster Gets Weirder By the Second in Suspenseful Short Film Hyperlight

Hyperlight opens with a disoriented astronaut in crisis mode, trying to reconnect with both her ship and her mission partner—who also happens to be her beloved life partner. Once the pair arrives back onboard, something seems... oddly and dangerously off.

A Young Astronaut Follows His Space-Exploration Dreams in This Whimsical Music Video A Young Astronaut Follows His Space-Exploration Dreams in This Whimsical Music Video

Michael Mizrachi’s One Day Love is really more of a music video (the upbeat song is from a children’s music album by Barak Feldman, featuring Daniella Boss), but it’s also a lovely little scifi short about a pint-sized astronaut who dreams of exploring new planets and other strange wonders of outer space.

A Man Builds a Pet Cemetery for Selfless and Selfish Reasons in This Ghoulishly Funny Horror Short A Man Builds a Pet Cemetery for Selfless and Selfish Reasons in This Ghoulishly Funny Horror Short

Meet Rodney—a jolly retiree who’s taken it upon himself to host a pet cemetery in his suburban London backyard, honoring all the neighborhood’s dearly departed little companions. Certainly he doesn’t have a nefarious reason for wanting a graveyard at his house... I mean, what could he be hiding?

The Future of Farming Has Never Looked Scarier Than in This Eerie Short Film The Future of Farming Has Never Looked Scarier Than in This Eerie Short Film

A family of farmers sits around the dinner table, but something’s wrong with the youngest son: He’s started to feel terribly guilty about eating the animals they raise. But this is no ordinary family, and this act of adolescent rebellion is not at all what you expect... and neither is what happens next.

A Frozen-Faced Man Finds Unexpected Hope in Sweet Fantasy Short Cautionary Tales A Frozen-Faced Man Finds Unexpected Hope in Sweet Fantasy Short Cautionary Tales

Parental scare tactics come true in Luke Taylor and Chris Barrett’s fable Cautionary Tales, about a lonely young man who made a stupendously goofy face as a kid... and then, just as his mother warned him, was forced to live with that expression forever when it froze into place. But all is not lost.

Surreal Horrors Invade the Backwoods in Loopy Scifi Short Crittus Surreal Horrors Invade the Backwoods in Loopy Scifi Short Crittus

The wilderness is a favorite staging ground for horror filmmakers—but Marcus Alqueres’ short Crittus adds some extra dimensions to that concept. Literally. Without spoiling anything, suffice to say this depicts maybe the worst worst-case scenario that could come from a solo camping trip.

A Heartbroken Man's Emotional Baggage Marks Him in a Most Unusual Way in Scifi Short Picture Wheel A Heartbroken Man's Emotional Baggage Marks Him in a Most Unusual Way in Scifi Short Picture Wheel

Break-ups in the era of social media are rough—even if you “unfriend” and “unfollow” your ex, you’re still in danger of catching a glimpse of whatever they’re up to, especially if you still have mutual friends. But things are even worse for the sad, newly-single man at the center of Picture Wheel, thanks to the weird…

An Unhinged Young Mother Faces Her Worst Fear in Horrifying Short Behind An Unhinged Young Mother Faces Her Worst Fear in Horrifying Short Behind

Arianne is already in full crisis mode at the start of Ángel Gómez Hernández’s short Behind thanks to her hostile ex, who’s determined to get custody of their daughter. So she’s understandably rattled into near-hysteria when a strange woman sidles up to her with a message that couldn’t be more cryptically awful: “…

Game Night Brings Unexpected Terror in Horror Short Your Date Is Here Game Night Brings Unexpected Terror in Horror Short Your Date Is Here

A mom, her little daughter, and Grandma’s vintage, romance-themed board game. What could possibly go wrong in this scenario... unless it turns out that the seemingly innocent game is actually a million times spookier than an Ouija board?

A Hero's Journey Spans Just Two Minutes in This Hilariously Breakneck Short A Hero's Journey Spans Just Two Minutes in This Hilariously Breakneck Short

A reluctant hero, a frantic wizard, and a hodgepodge of fantasy tropes (including a damsel in distress) make for what may be the fastest-paced adventure tale ever. It’s called Short and Sweet and you might forget to take a breath while you’re watching it, at least until it makes you chuckle.

Lunch Meat Will Indeed Travel Through a Wormhole, at Least According to This Charming Short Film Lunch Meat Will Indeed Travel Through a Wormhole, at Least According to This Charming Short Film

We first wrote about filmmaker Olga Osorio last year when we caught her short film reStart—a suspenseful kidnapping tale with a time-loop twist. The writer-director’s latest, Einstein-Rosen, also happens to be a time-travel story, though it takes a far more lighthearted view of the subject.

A Real-Life Historical Mystery Gets a Thrilling, Subversive Twist in Short Film The Defector A Real-Life Historical Mystery Gets a Thrilling, Subversive Twist in Short Film The Defector

In 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt vanished while swimming at a beach near his residence. He was presumed drowned, but his body was never recovered—giving rise to a Cold War-era mystery that continues to fascinate. Scott Mannion’s new short, The Defector, advances one rather tantalizing theory.

An Alternate Reality Is the Best and Worst Thing to Happen to a Lonely Woman in This Bittersweet Short An Alternate Reality Is the Best and Worst Thing to Happen to a Lonely Woman in This Bittersweet Short

A frustrated, married mom of two becomes a beta tester for a virtual reality program that facilitates romantic encounters. Before long, though, her flirty, joyous alternate life with an idealized partner becomes the only one she wants to occupy... and the consequences are huge.

A Woman Faces the Digital Ghosts of Her Past in Swedish Scifi Short Film In the Gap A Woman Faces the Digital Ghosts of Her Past in Swedish Scifi Short Film In the Gap

It’s a bizarre mix between Black Mirror and those Emoji Robots from Doctor Who. This new Swedish short film centers around a woman who, while locked inside a server room by a digital program, is forced to either endure illusions of her past... or take the easy way out.

A Self-Aware Drone Somehow Doesn't Spark an Instant Robot Apocalypse in This Scifi Short  A Self-Aware Drone Somehow Doesn't Spark an Instant Robot Apocalypse in This Scifi Short 

Watching Mackenzie Sheppard’s short Donny the Drone, you might assume that the title character (voiced by Guy Pearce) would become a killing machine soon after becoming self-aware. But Donny ain’t Skynet, and every sentient robot doesn’t necessarily have Judgment Day on its mind. Or does it?

All Is Most Definitely Not Calm in the Surprising Horror Short Midnight Clear All Is Most Definitely Not Calm in the Surprising Horror Short Midnight Clear

It’s Christmas Eve and the house is perfectly decorated for the holidays, but Dad’s acting very strange, and Mom is clearly freaked out. You may think you know where Midnight Clear, directed by Joe Russo (the horror guy, not the Captain America guy), is heading—but I guarantee you will not guess the twist.

Brat Meets Christmas Serial Killer in This Gruesomely Funny Riff on Home Alone Brat Meets Christmas Serial Killer in This Gruesomely Funny Riff on Home Alone

April, the tiny star of Arthur Metcalf’s horror short He’s Watching, is an A+ hellraiser. When her parents foolishly leave her home alone, all kinds of mayhem, destruction, and cheese pizza-consumption ensues... some of it involving an axe-wielding intruder that April doesn’t seem to notice. Or does she?

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