March 27, 2020 @ 11:45 pm
Last year, BUFF’s midnight shorts program was a more mature affair. It was a promise of a new era. We said goodbye to our edgelord past and ushered in a refined collection of short films that kept the transgressive spirit of the block intact.
Well, I’m sorry to report that in 2020, we are back on our bullshit. These are the films that are going to get us cancelled. This block is a wall of buttons and we are going to mash them like an arcade fighting game. It’s BUFF’s position that we can consume and exhibit problematic content without remorse; however if you think this type of immorality is going to infect you through osmosis, we suggest you stay away. The warning is right there in the title, after all.
CW: Scat, food tampering, suicide, mental illness, genital mutilation, animal abuse, rape, pedophilia, extreme body horror… you know, the usual stuff.
Hikaru Tsukuda, Japan, 3 min.
On a peaceful riverside, a woman walks with her baby. A street ripper gazes into them. Who will save the family? It’s… Crap-Man!
Baptiste Grandin & Roser Tananbum, Spain | France, 4 min.
In a Spanish bar, a young waitress takes the order of three men in their forties. Two of them order beers. The third man asks the waitress for something special.
Rebecca Kahn, Abhishek Prasad, Canada, 11 min.
Eli makes an unusual ode to his departed child.
Cursive & Cardstock
Theodore Warmington, USA, 14 min.
17 year-old Georgie struggles with suicide and embarks on a seemingly irrational mission to ruin his mother’s remarriage to his pediatrician.
Brian Zahm, USA, 10 min.
Cat Daddy feels completely betrayed when his cat, Charles Lickens, runs away. Naturally, the only solution is suicide. “It’s meow or never….”
Wylie Rush, USA, 5 min.
Jackie plays around in an apartment all by themselves.
Life Is a Burger
Patrick O’Brien, USA, 5 min.
An abstract, deep-dive into the imagination of a man living with ALS and an exploration of the things he has lost due to his disease.
Ashley George, USA | Mexico, 15 min.
After surviving assault, an enigmatic 17-year-old Mexican girl finds retribution through her untapped female power and local witch culture.
Francisco Lacerda, Portugal, 8 min.
Two sleazy tourists have the night of their lives at a karaoke bar in the Azores when they meet an alluring young woman.
Jay Reid, Canada, 18 min.
A therapist tries a new controversial experimental therapy on her patient in order to help him gain control over his destructive desires.
Dave Jackson, Japan, 15 min.
A not-so-heartwarming tale about capsule toys, the nightmare of obsession, jealous rage, and a slimy, stop-frame animated tiny monster.
Faye Jackson, UK, 10 min.
A new mother becomes increasingly mesmerized and appalled by the strange transformations happening around her baby.