The Short Film That Grew UP

by Rafael_M | created - 06 Dec 2015 | updated - 16 Oct 2016 | Public

Which of the following short films that became FULL LENGTH MOTION PICTURES is your favorite? (or are you most curious to see?)

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1. Curfew (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 19 min | Short, Drama

Having reached the lowest point in his life, a self-destructive man on the brink of demise receives an unexpected call from his estranged sister to look after her young daughter for the night. Could this be the beginning of a new reality?

Director: Shawn Christensen | Stars: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Kim Allen, Dana Segal

Votes: 6,487

Grew up to become: Before I Disappear (2014)

2. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 31,686

Grew up to become: Twelve Monkeys (1995)

(And spawned 12 Monkeys (2015))

3. Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967)

15 min | Sci-Fi, Short

While monitored and pursued, a man races to escape through a futuristic labyrinth.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Dan Nachtsheim, Joy Carmichael, David Munson, Marvin Bennett

Votes: 2,457

Grew up to become: THX 1138 (1971)

4. Peluca (2003)

9 min | Comedy, Short

The film follows its main character as he skips school with two of his friends, picks up a winning lottery ticket and go thrift shopping, where they find a wig for Giel's shaved head.

Director: Jared Hess | Stars: Jon Heder, Greg Hansen, Chris Sanchez, Bracken Johnson

Votes: 1,766

Grew up to become: Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

5. Alive in Joburg (2005)

6 min | Short, Sci-Fi

An eerie tale of a close encounter of the third kind in Johannesburg.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Braam Greyling, Godfrey Seome, Dawie Ackermann, Sweetness Hlomza

Votes: 3,755

Grew up to become: District 9 (2009)

6. Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (1994)

Not Rated | 25 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

Twenty-five years after commiting a double murder, Karl Childers is going to be released from an institution for the criminally insane. A local reporter comes to talk to him, and after some... See full summary »

Director: George Hickenlooper | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Molly Ringwald, J.T. Walsh, Jefferson Mays

Votes: 1,709

Grew up to become: Sling Blade (1996)

7. Mamá (2008)

3 min | Short, Horror

A young girl wakes up and tells her sister that their mother has returned home.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Victoria Harris, Berta Ros, Irma Monroig

Votes: 2,982

Grew up to become: Mama (2013)

8. Frankenweenie (1984)

PG | 29 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A young boy sets out to revive his dead pet using the monstrous power of science.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Barret Oliver, Joseph Maher

Votes: 11,805

Grew up to become: Frankenweenie (2012)

9. Bottle Rocket (1994)

13 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

Dysfunctional friends Dignan and Anthony plan and execute a robbery with their pot-growing friend, Bob.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Robert Musgrave, Elissa Sommerfield

Votes: 5,993

Grew up to become: Bottle Rocket (1996)

10. Within the Woods (1978)

Not Rated | 31 min | Horror, Short

While spending a weekend at a remote cabin, Bruce desecrates an Indian burial ground and becomes re-animated, making way to kill his friends.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Mary Valenti, Scott Spiegel

Votes: 2,316

11. Saw (2003)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Horror, Thriller

David, an orderly at a hospital, tells his horrific story of being kidnapped and forced to play a vile game of survival.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Leigh Whannell, Paul Moder, Katrina Mathers, Dean Francis

Votes: 10,133

12. 9 (2005)

11 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A rag doll fights a monster that has been stealing the souls of his people.

Director: Shane Acker

Votes: 6,592

Grew up to become: 9 (2009)

13. Whiplash (2013)

18 min | Short, Drama, Music

A ferocious, bullying music teacher teaches a dedicated student.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Johnny Simmons, Nate Lang, J.K. Simmons, C.J. Vana

Votes: 4,783

Grew up to become: Whiplash (2014)

14. Cashback (2004)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Ben is an art college student in London, whose imagination runs wild as he works the late-night shift at the local supermarket. What do he and his colleagues do to pass the long, endless hours of the night?

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Stuart Goodwin, Michael Dixon

Votes: 10,466

Grew up to become: Cashback (2006)

15. Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse (2007)

10 min | Short, Comedy

Jay and Seth are at each other's throats while holed up in a messy apartment during an apocalyptic crisis.

Director: Jason Stone | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen

Votes: 831

Grew up to become: This Is the End (2013)

16. The Dirk Diggler Story (1988)

Not Rated | 32 min | Short, Biography, Drama

The rise and fall of Dirk Diggler.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Michael Stein, Robert Ridgely, Eddie Delcore, Rusty Schwimmer

Votes: 1,000

Grew up to become: Boogie Nights (1997)

17. Gowanus, Brooklyn (2004)

19 min | Short

A young girl investigates her curious teacher's life.

Director: Ryan Fleck | Stars: Karen Chilton, Shareeka Epps, Matt Kerr, Timothy Nesmith

Votes: 171

Grew up to become: Half Nelson (2006)

18. The Hard Case (1995)

20 min | Crime, Short

About four East End lads raising money to enter a card game.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Darren Spencer, James Tarbuck, Eli Nathanson, Benedick Bates

Votes: 284

Grew up to become: Lock, Stock... (2000)

19. John Baker's Last Race (1976)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Sport

John Baker emerges as a fine runner while in High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then continues setting records at the University of New Mexico. His ability is world-class, and ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas G. Johnson | Stars: John David Carson, Elizabeth Saxon, Ed Pennybacker, Megan Lienau

Votes: 33

Grew up to become: A Shining Season (1979)

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