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ShortSpace: December 2011

The Eagleman Stage

The Eagleman Stage

7pm Thursday 1st December
Theme: “Future Shorts”

For the December session we took a bit of a departure from the norm to bring you the only Irish screening of the Future Shorts Festival!

The Future Shorts Festival is the only global pop-up festival, showcasing the most exciting short films from around the world. Since 2003, Future Shorts has been showcasing some of the world’s best short films to thousands of people across the work from London to Moscow and Melbourne to Jakarta with screenings taking place across a huge network of music halls, cinemas, theatres, galleries, clubs and warehouses, providing an alternative to the traditional film festival model.

Programmed quarterly, the Nov – Jan selection includes the Oscar-winner God of Love, BAFTA-winning The Eagleman Stag, Sundance-winner Deeper Than Yesterday and the fantastic award-winning animation The External World from Irish filmmaker David O’Reilly. Check out the full line-up below!

Special thanks to UK animator Michael Please who joined us via the wonders of Skype to talk to us about the making of his beautiful, stop-motion animation The Eagleman Stag.

Booking Info:

  • Tickets are €5 members / €8 non-members
  • Advance booking / reservation through Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 (dial 0 for reception)
  • Reservations or queries to (include your full name and contact number)
  • Reservations are only held until 6.45pm on the night
  • ShortSpace venue is Filmbase Basement space unless otherwise stated
  • ShortSpace is not suitable for children, attendees should be 18+ years.


Programme Line-up:

The Eagleman Stag

9min | UK | 2010 Directed by Michael Please

The Eagleman Stag is a unique 9-minute stop-motion animated film that depicts a man’s haunting obsession with the passage of time and his unorthodox relationship with a beetle. Directed by Michael Please, the production was a highly ambition final year film produced while studying at the RCA – it is based on a story he previously wrote entitled “The Life and Time of Peter Eagleman”. Orchestral music was integral to this film and composed in tandem with the animation process.

Winner of Best Short Animation at BAFTA, and Special Jury Prize at SXSW

God of Love

19min | US | 2010 Directed by Luke Matheny

Matheny, who wrote, directed and starred in this 19-minute inventive comedy about love-inducing darts won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short in 2011. A recent film student graduate at New York University, God of Love was produced as his thesis film project while enrolled at NYU’s MFA program. At the Oscars, he was hailed as delivering one of the best acceptance speeches of the evening and thanked his mother for her contribution to the movie.

Oscar Winner in 2011 for Best Live Action Short Film

Deeper Than Yesterday

Australia | 2010 Directed by Ariel Kleiman

Filmed on an old decommissioned military submarine with 35mm cameras, Deeper Than Yesterday tells the story of a Russian crew who suffer a rather savage form of cabin fever. Directed by Ariel Kleiman, a graduate of the VCA at the University of Melbourne, recently said “The more uncomfortable I feel making a film the better it will be.” Jurors have compared the film to “The Lower Depths”, Maxim Gorky’s best-known play – very Russian with long period of isolation and madness.

Winner of International Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance

Incident by a Bank

Sweden | 2009 Directed by Ruben Östlund

A detailed and humorous account of a failed bank robbery: A single take where roughly 100 people meticulously recreate an actual event that took place in Stockholm in June 2006. Directed by Ruben Östlund, these events were witnessed first hand along with his producer Erik Hemmendorff while on the way to the Swedish Film Insititute. The film questions the reality of how, really, robberies happen, and what they might or, should, look like. “Making Incident by a Bank is a way to correct the false images of robberies we see almost daily in action movies made in Hollywood,” says Östlund.

Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale

The External World

Germany, Iceland | 2010 Directed by David O’Reilly

A boy learns to play the piano in this rather dark but occasionally humorous mediation on the anxieties and fears of a modern civilized society. Created as a lo-fi animation, The External World is a surreal seventeen-minute collection of vignettes which borrows themes from pop culture, cinema and videogames – classic and contemporary. Some have heralded this short as “a unique reconstruction of the universe” while O’Reilly recently noted in an interview, “I like creating experimental films that have an emotional function.”

Winner of Best Animation Tampere Film Festival


Argentina | 2011 Directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella

Inspired by the Argentinian instrumental tango piece entitled “Lluvia de Estrellas” (Star Rain), Luminaris tells the story of a man living in a world controlled by time by light. Each day inhabitants of this fictional world awake and are pulled, as if by some otherworldly force, to their jobs by sunlight.

Combining pixilation and stop motion techniques; the surrealist short pairs styles reminiscent of art deco with black cinema. Zaramella explains, “Originally, I approached the project as a puppet animation story, but doing some pixilation tests in the gardens of Fontevraud, just for fun, the seed of the present short was born: the idea of sunlight as a magnetic force.”

Winner of the Audience and Fipresci Award at Annecy 2011 International Animation Festival


ShortSpace Submissions:

  • Filmbase accepts short film submissions for ShortSpace in all genres (drama, documentary, animation, experimental)
  • To submit your film please email the ShortSpace programmer for more details on
  • Please note that submitting your film does not guarantee inclusion in the programme
  • Ideally shorts should be ten minutes or under films. Films over 30 minutes will not be accepted.

Booking Info:

    • Tickets are €5 members / €8 non-members
    • Tickets are available on the door or by booking in advance
    • Call Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 (dial 0 for reception) to book now
    • You can also reserve a place by phone/email and pay on the night
    • To reserve email your full name and contact number to
    • Reservations are only held until 6.45pm on the night
    • ShortSpace at Filmbase takes place in the Basement Space on the first Thursday of every month however this is subject to change. Details will be posted on the website.


  • ShortSpace is not suitable for children, attendees should be 18+ years.

For more info on ShortSpace contact Clare Creely at Filmbase on clare NB For more info on what Filmbase membership includes visit