This is what happens to filmmakers that submit their film to the SFF-rated Athens Intl Sci-fi & Fantasy Film Festival: they may end up being part of a dvd-collection full of great SFF-shorts!
To celebrate our first four years, and to fulfill a wish we had from the very beginning, here is a double dvd including some of the best shorts screened in SFF-rated’s 2006-2009 editions.
17 shorts, 3 hours of exciting, entertaining and thought-provoking film-making!
Greek and English menus and subtitles are available in the dvd, for all films.
If you want to purchase a copy, you need to contact us at sffratedathens.cfo(at)gmail.com, and we will see what we can do for you.
Some info & teasers on each and everyone of the 17 shorts that make up the SFF-rated Αthens double DVD 2006-2009.
THE ABSOLUTE MOMENT (ΑΠΟΛΥΤΗ ΣΤΙΓΜΗ) (dir. Louizos Aslanidis). 15′, GREECE.
An instant classic. The only short to screen in two editions of the SFF-rated (otherwise we would have been lynched by the mob), a sardonic story with a hidden sense of tragedy pulsing below the surface and bursting unexpectedly for the briefest of moments. At the same time, a realistic proposal now that the Public Sector budgets have gone south: nothing is certain but death –if you pay your taxes. SFF-rated Audience Award 2006.
THE OMNICIDE 8000 (dir. Ian Hothersall). 4′, UNITED KINGDOM.
We live in the era of Services-dominated economy and Call-Centers to support consumers are a must for any serious company… Well, Call-center hell is the prevailing consumer experience, and in this almost too-short film Ian Hothersall manages to make us laugh while at the same time destroying any illusions we may still have on the matter. Just make sure to have your biscuits handy at the final countdown.
THEY’ RE MADE OUT OF MEAT (dir. Stephen O’ Regan). 8′, IRELAND.
Based on Terry Bisson’s magnificent short story of the same name, this short epitomizes what science fiction should be all about: shedding a new light on humanity -in this case, to the curious fact that it is made out of meat. And humans, they do everything using various parts of their meat, if you can believe that. We, we meant, not they, we, but we got carried away. Every sentence exchanged between the two dumbfounded aliens peels off one more layer of grandeur with which the human race has adorned itself while looking its reflection in the mirror for just a little too long. But, we have to admit, meat is a great organ to laugh with, while laughing at it.
COST OF LIVING (dir. Jonathan Joffe). 10′, CANADA.
Ok, no more laughs. A chilling story with perhaps the two best actors’ performances on the SFF-rated DVD (with the famous and dreaded X-files “cigarette man” deconstructing his image), “Cost of Living” takes the logic of the market economy one step further: time is money, so the more time you have, the more money we can make out of you. Jonathan Joffe did a great job at filming and editing this necessarily static scenery of Cruel Commerce, and the viewers agreed: SFF-rated Audience Award 2007.
ZOMBIE (dir. Chris Armstrong). 7′, USA.
Created by a long-time professional of the movie industry and an educator of the young, this animated short takes at face value the usual metaphor (that many people move about their lives as zombies), and sees what happens: the dry humor and the terrible sense that this is dangerously close to reality to count as Fantasy, made the Greek Audience give to “Zombie” the SFF-rated Audience Award 2008.
THE BIG FOREVER (dir. Robert Glassford & Timo Langer). 10′, UNITED KINGDOM.
This short has one of the best opening lines ever in the history of cinema, and then it plunges into a dark lament for the fate of humanity, filmed in black and white and narrated in a deep voice that you likely will never forget. It still haunts us.
DREAMTIME (DROOMTIJD) (dir. Tom Van Avermaet). 20′, BELGIUM.
The pow(d)er of dreams: from the heart of Europe, Tom Van Avermaet gives us a long short οn life as we would never want to know or live it, and how to escape it. Borrowing freely from theatrical aesthetics and playing ominously and effectively with light and shade, this short leaves us with a deep-colour sense: dark, sad and beautiful.
SIMULACRA (dir. Tatchapon Lertwirojkul). 4′, USA.
Lighten up. Nobody could resist this laborious little robot searching for what it is not in the Land of Tomorrow. And so it became the poster of SFF-rated 2008. An excellent animation with a bitter-sweet story of lost hopes and found illusions.
POPO (dir. Richard Raaphorst). 10′, NETHERLANDS.
Just another clown, right? Wrong. This is a fresh look at an old myth – and the only short that originally screened in SFF-rated out-of-competition, but made it to the SFF-rated DVD. We should have known better.
TUBES (dir. Stuart Mannion). 13′, AUSTRALIA.
Take John Carpenter’s “They Live Among Us”, William Gibson’s concept of cyberspace, add the New Connected World, and you get “Tubes”: The battle for Authentic Reality will be fought in the Digital Arena – and “download!” will be the new battle-cry. A fast-paced short about the warriors we will really need in the near future -if not right now.
THE HANDS OF THE MASTERS (LA MAIN DES MAITRES) (dir. Adrien “CaYus” Toupet/Looky/Clement Delatre). 5′, FRANCE.
This collective animation short will leave you wanting the full-length version. For the story, about fighting desperately oppression with the mind rather than with guns, and for the execution: these three guys from France do have the imagination -and the skills to make it reality.
TEA & REMEMBRANCE (dir. Ron Yuan). 7′, USA.
Ron Yuan is a busy actor and a master dancer of martial arts. In “Tea & Remembrance” he also directs, mixing masterfully cinema and comics, music and fighting, dreams and reality, past and present…perhaps life would best be lived this way.
OUTSOURCE (dir. Daniel Trezise). 12′, USA.
One of the most ambitious productions included in the SFF-rated DVD, “Outsource” pictures an impressive futuristic technological environment, where human relations have not changed. Sadly. Happily, it gave us the poster for SFF-rated 2009.
LAZARUS TAXON (dir. Denis Rovira). 15′, SPAIN.
A dark tale about a dying world and a father that will go all the way to bring his daughter back to life… or so he believes. But the solution offered to him may go beyond his breaking point… Slow moving but never lagging, this short drills deeper than comfort.
THE SMALL MULTIPLE (dir.Daniel Piatt). 7′, USA.
Look at him. He is about to make the most revolutionary scientific discovery -for the benefit of everybody else. Daniel Piatt reminds us in The Small Multiple that “loneliness” most and foremost means “exclusion” -and he does it in a heart-breaking way.
THE GLASSES (LAS GAFAS) (dir.Alberto Garcia Martin). 12′, SPAIN.
An incomprehensible mission, in the middle of nowhere, about a famous pair of glasses… a short that proves the old dictum, that humor is a very serious activity.
RAIN (LA PLUJA) (dir. Nofre Moya). 25′, SPAIN.
…a very serious activity indeed. In this almost out-of-regulations-long short, metallic rain starts to fall from the sky- and then Nofre Moya guides us through a very realistic and funny scenario about how human society would react to such an event. Our audience reacted by giving him the SFF-rated Audience Award 2009.