No Budget Shorts

Shorts made with a tight budget from all over the globe

No Budget Shorts

Coming Full Circle

Larry Tung | USA | English | 24 minutes

What is it like to go “back” to a country you never knew? Pauline Park was born into a poor family in post-war Korea. Adopted by white American parents, she left Korea as a 7-month old baby boy and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 54 years later, she embarked on a journey of discovering and connecting to her past, where her birth name literally means “the second son”.

No Budget Shorts

Chapa – The Grill Man

Fabio Montanari | Brazil | Portuguese | 14 minutes

When two Sao Paulo bakers are unfairly fired from the bakery they have worked at for over 20 years, they decide to get revenge and rob the place during Brazil’s first World Cup match.

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Klei

Ruud Matthijssen & Thijs Gilbert | Netherlands | Dutch | 27 minutes

18 + (nudity/sexuality)

Using various tableaus to explore life in an artificial environment, Klei reflects upon coming to terms with being an ordinary and mortal person. It portrays everyday people trying to connect with themselves, each other and their surroundings.

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Street Blues

Nikolas Migut | Germany | German | 29 minutes

Street Blues (Nikolas Migut) (Germany) (German language) (29 m)

Alex is just one of the roughly 17,000 houseless people in Berlin and there are approximately 280.000 in Germany. This documentary aims to show what the homeless value most: acknowledgement.

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Nostalgia Is Abroad

Jake Martin Graves | UK | English / Spanish | 14 minutes

Nostalgia is Abroad (Jake Martin Graves) (United Kingdom) (English and Spanish language) (14 m)

A reflexive exploration into the relationship between international study, the impacts of adapting to new languages, and the expectations in these new cultures. A blend of interview, multilingual inter-titles and observational footage inspired by 1960s Latin American ‘Third Cinema’.

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Lemon

Xing Zhang | USA | None | 3 minutes

Lemon (Xing Zhang) (United States) (No language) (3 m)

A little lemon materializes on a stone wall rolling and falling into New York city’s streets one day. It travels across some of the most bustling areas in lower Manhattan, experiencing the vitality and the suddenness of the city. On its solitary rolling journey, it starts to wonder the meaning of its existence and maps out several possibilities of its future…Nostalgia is Abroad (Jake Martin Graves) (United Kingdom) (English and Spanish language) (14 m)

A reflexive exploration into the relationship between international study, the impacts of adapting to new languages, and the expectations in these new cultures. A blend of interview, multilingual inter-titles and observational footage inspired by 1960s Latin American ‘Third Cinema’.

No Budget Shorts

No Connection

Christopher Beaulieu | Canada | English | 3 minutes

No Connection (Christopher Beaulieu) (Canada) (English language) (3 m)

A young woman in Toronto waits outside of a subway station to meet her blind date. Despite sending some messages back and forth, he fails to show up. After he finally sends a message saying that he can’t make it, she returns home on the subway, considering the loneliness in her life.

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Plaything

Yufei Qiao | USA | English | 23 minutes

(adult themes)

A woman who is trapped in a dangerous polygamous relationship is desperate to fight for her love by playing the Mahjong game against other women, until she finds out what is really hidden underneath. 

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Siberia

Faraz Ansari | India | English | 16 minutes

Siberia (Faraz Ansari) (India) (English) (16 m)

Left to her own devices in a seemingly cold world, Reena must go through a journey of fear, despair and the ultimate closure (or lack thereof), which is quite like going through life 
– using the best weapons we’ve got, going through the process of trial and error, and finally reaching the end of a wheel that never quite stops turning.

No Budget Shorts

Footprints

Kevin Saychareun | Canada | Lao | 13 minutes

13+ (violence)

Deep in the forest, Cahng, an injured hunter searches for his family who are being hunted by a supernatural force.

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The Furious Beggar

Bowon Kim | South Korea | Korean | 20 minutes

The Furious Beggar (Kim Bowon) (South Korea) (Korean language) (20 m) (violence)

After a homeless woman witnesses a string of kidnappings, she must become her own brand of superhero when the police fail to believe her.

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