International Shorts After Dark – Toronto After Dark 2023

International Shorts After Dark
ToadBoy

Toad Boy

A school principal tries to help a troubled boy. This is a twisted short that builds up to a very body horror-ish climax.

3.5/5
Butterscotch

Butterscotch

Best International Short Film

A boy learns that he shouldn’t steal candy from comatose men in care homes. This is a very freaky yet enjoyable film, filled with many demonic sight gags.

4/5
Nap

Nap

A group participates in a sleep study, requiring them to sleep until a specific time. However, one of them has significant insomnia. This short runs a little longer than needed, but the ironic final punchline is notable.

3.5/5
original skin

Original Skin

A woman struggles to be herself in a world where body-swapping is the norm. This short deals with themes such as body image and sexual orientation, ending with a final moment of catharsis.

3.5/5
The Old Young Crow

The Old Young Crow

Best International Short Film

An Iranian man befriends a grieving Japanese woman in a cemetery. This is a heartwarming ghost story featuring a mix of live-action and animation.

4/5

Crushxd

After being hit by a car, a turtle is rebuilt bigger and stronger. There’s not much to this short, but it is cute.

3/5
theheritage

The Heritage

Best International Short Film

A man is reunited with his father, discovering he is a large gelatinous blob. The Heritage is very much a gross-out body-horror short, which is quite reminiscent of Brian Yuzna’s Society. This is not for the weak-stomached.

3/5
Apotemnofilia

Apotemnifilia

On opening night, something keeps the lead actress from leaving her dressing room. One only needs to look up the definition of the word Apotemnifilia to get an idea of what happens in this incredibly gory short.

4/5
wayforward gods

Wayforward Gods

Mecha dragon versus rock’n’roll warrior. This CGI-heavy cyberpunk short is visually impressive, but comes across as little more than a proof of concept tech demo.

3.5/5
fckn nuts

FCK'N NUTS

Sandy is afraid to let her boyfriend Dan meet her parents because they are quite literally nuts. From the producers of the equally insane Blood of the Dinosaursthis short is based around a major pun, but the ultimate payoff is quite awesome.

4.5/5
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