Beyond Shorts 2019

Los Angeles, CA— Beyond Fest is thrilled to announce its inaugural short film lineup for its 7th edition, which runs September 208 – October 5, 2019 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Boasting over 35 short films from around the world, Beyond Fest opened up its first call for entries for short films earlier this year and looks forward to welcoming filmmakers from near and far as it exhibits some of the most incredible, innovative, mind-bending, horrifying, and hilarious films from the vanguard of this rising wave of genre-filmmakers.

All shorts programs at Beyond Fest are free and will be screening on the Spielberg screen in the Egyptian Theatre. Ticketing for seating will be available at the theater box office starting one hour before screening time, first come, first serve.

The complete lineup, divided by program, is as follows:

Gutter (screens with feature film BLISS on Saturday Oct 5th @10:30pm)
Josh Ethier | USA | 10 min

Sleep in, stay up late, stomp and repeat; it’s one way to live. The grizzly directorial debut of prolific genre editor Josh Ethier.

Memento Moribund | Saturday Sept 28th @2pm

sometimes, i think about dying
Stefanie Abel Horowitz | USA | 12 min.

Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her.

In Full Bloom
Maegan Houang | USA | 11 min.

Cecile, an older Vietnamese-American hoarder, has her life upended when worms open a black hole in her house and threaten to take all her stuff.

Tomas Stark | Sweden | 8 min.

A slow, hot summer day – something bad is about to happen.

Water Horse
Sarah Wisner & Sean Temple | USA | 8 min.

A secluded family encounters a dreadful presence emerging from the water.

Brock Bodell & Daniel Perry | USA | 14 min.

A grieving couple navigates the mysterious death of their son and a stranger visits in the middle of the night to bring their worst fears to a violent, and psychedelic climax.

Rebecca Kahn & Abhishek Prasad | Canada/USA | 11 min.

Eli makes an unusual ode to his departed child. Tinged with whimsy and black humor, Uplift is about how grief can be weird, poetic, and horrifying.

Maggie May
Mia’Kate Russell Australia 14 min.

Two estranged sisters, Sam and Maggie, attempt to reconnect after the death of their mother. But Maggie isn’t interested in anything.

Dead Animals
David Oesch & Remo Rickenbacher | Switzerland | 10 min.

With a heavy heart, a man brings his dead cat to the animal carcass disposal. Once a mysterious taxidermist gives him her business card he is intrigued to find out if the death of his pet might just be the beginning.

This is Crime-time | Sunday Sept 29th @2pm

Utopian Wares
Tim Sanger | USA | 10 min.

Four millennial women in east LA create an online drug dealing startup, threatening the business of local drug cartel.

Pit Stop
Mikail Ekiz | USA | 4 min.

A gas station convenience store clerk has a Magic 8 Ball for a head. He lives in a state of constant paranoia, fearing someone will discover the secret his head holds, and exploit it for themselves.

Hunting Season
Shannon Kohli | Canada | 12 min.

Callie (Hannah Levien), a small-town gas station attendant, has an unexpected encounter which will change the course of her life forever.

The Thin Orange Line
Aleem Hossain | USA | 7 min.

A detective out for revenge is interrupted by his childhood imaginary friend.

Hot Dog
T.J. Yoshizaki | USA | 7 min.

A mind-bending, nightmarish insight into the mind of an LAPD officer having a just another bad day – or not.

Heather Halstead | USA | 15 min.

A forensic photographer begins to hallucinate as she slowly loses her eyesight.

Night Crawl
Gregory Shultz | USA | 9 min.

Two Prisoners tunnel out of a hellish prison only to discover something more terrifying than death row.

Faye Jackson | UK | 15 min.

Esther and Miriam are being forcibly deported from the UK to Jamaica when there’s an outbreak of a deadly virus that makes you feel calm and only kills white people.

Buffalo & Trout
Presley Paras | USA | 13 min.

Two female drugs addicts heist a white supremacist safe house but are faced with a decision; take the cash or save a young girl’s life.

Strange Love | Saturday Oct 5th @5pm

Faye Jackson | UK | 10 min.

A new mother becomes increasingly mesmerised and appalled by the strange transformations happening around her baby.

Charles Pieper | USA | 15 min.

A failing writer loses his grip on reality as his wife grows pregnant with their child…

Lucas Amann | USA | 9 min.

When George accidentally births a doppelgänger, he finds competition for his mother’s affection.

Mommy’s Pickles
Vadim Dozmorov | Belarus | 13 min.

The contemporary political milieu of Belarus are slyly commented upon as this short slides from comedy into horror, escalating a familiar domestic scenario wherein a boyfriend meets his in-law to an alarming end.

Raúl Monge | Spain | 10 min.

An invisible submission reflects the power of the strongest.

A Chest of Drawers
Maxwell Nalevansky | USA | 13 min.

Set in a time resembling the sixteenth century, an unimaginably scarred beekeeper is forced to make a Faustian bargain with a chest of drawers in the name of love.

Kate Felix | Canada | 8 min.

Weylon is looking for a hired hand and Fidelma needs the job desperately, but her duties in the dark barn might prove beyond her tolerance. Like Cujo with a feminist twist, this independent, low-budget short film was shot on location in Caledon, Ontario and is the second film from emerging director Kate Felix.

Yfke van Berckelaer | Netherlands | 9 min.

A young actress’ (Lisa Smit) audition for an older man (Derek de Lint) grows increasingly less comfortable with every line read in this single-take horror for the #metoo era.

Eat My Shorts | Sunday Oct 6th @2pm

The Stare
Louisa Weichmann | Australia | 9 min.

On a late night train ride home a girl encounters an unnerving stranger staring at her from the far end of the train carriage.

Lane 9
Jessica Valentine & Richard Valentine | USA | 15 min.

On Halloween 1979, a small town is turned upside down when a transient evil takes up residence in lane 9 of the local bowling alley.

Richard Karpala | USA | 10 min.

A strange murderabilia seller summons his buyer.

The Animator
Trent Shy | USA | 2 min.

An animator takes his anger out on the source of his frustration… his puppets.

The Loop
Rich Ragsdale | USA | 8 min.

Mikey’s older brother and his girlfriend, Tommy and Cindi, bring home a 1980s straight-to-video slasher flick to watch…or is it?

Satanic Panic ’87
Bryan M. Ferguson | Scotland | 4 min.

It’s 1987 and two metalheads open a gateway to hell when following the instructions of a satanic aerobics tape.

Skjemt Blod
Gwenmarie White | USA | 6 min.

In her CalArts thesis, SKJEMT BLOD (which translates to “bad blood” or “tainted blood” in Norwegian), Gwenmarie White uses what she has coined “girl kvlture” as a vehicle for meditation on American brutality and survival in late-stage capitalism.

5% Dad
Lyall Coburn | South Africa | 10 min.

Following her occultist mother’s death, a disillusioned daughter is bequeathed a way to finally connect with the father she never knew.

Starcadian: Freak Night
Rob O’Neill & Starcadian | USA | 7 min.

A pizza delivery girl stumbles into an underground monster nightclub presided over by the mysterious Starcadian in this latest chapter of interconnected narrative music videos.

Lost Weekend
Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb | USA | 14 min.

In 1984, two friends from small-town Pennsylvania win an MTV contest and the chance to party with Van Halen for 48 Hours.