Category Archives: Experimental Short Films

“Jisei – A Death Poem”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Julian Conner & Tom Teller (2020)

“Jisei – A Death Poem’ is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Mary Elizabeth Frye Directed by Julian Conner & Tom Teller.

Directed by: Julian Conner & Tom Teller

Executive Producer: Seth Josephson
Post Production:

Color: Bryan Smaller
Sound: Gerry Vazquez
VO: Daz Crawford

JISEI is an experimental short film that follows the recollection of one’s memories as they experience death.

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep‘ by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

“The Heartbeats Of Memory”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Nono Ayuso (2019)

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: NONO AYUSO

The Memory: Roberta Coppa
VO Artist: Chloe Dunn

“It starts with a journey.
Imagine a film that captures every instant
And for each frame, a memory.”

The Heartbeats Of Memory Cinematic Poem Short Film By NONO AYUSO 2019

Music and Sound Design: Paulo Gallo

Grading: Fran Cóndor
Compositing and VFX: Damian Todd
Graphic Design: Nico Ordozgoiti

Shot in Super 8 in Japan. April-June 2019.

The Heartbeats Of Memory Cinematic Poem Short Film By NONO AYUSO 2019


“Believing Is Seeing”: A Cinematic Poem Creative Short Film Directed By Alex Allen (2017)

“Believing Is Seeing” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Alex Allen.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Alex Allen

Written and Narrated by: Ellie Chan


Production Company: Formulate Media
Researchers: Ellie Chan and Marcus Fantham
Sound Design & Score: James Rowbotham


“An abstract film made with two PHD students from St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge university. Marcus was involved in the construction and operates the worlds most powerful microscope. Ellie is an Art Historian, her studies include Medical Diagrams of the past.

The film is about the necessity for visual reference in Science, whilst exploring the paradoxic sense of isolation which often occurs when working in science- the biggest collaboration on earth.”



“The Aleph”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Of Story By Jorge Luis Borges By Cenk Güzeliş (2016)

“The Aleph” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Short Story By Jorge Luis Borges Directed By Cenk Güzeliş.

Production Design and Directed by: Cenk Güzeliş

Animation Supervisor:  Nic Clear
Typewriter Documentation: Clara Fickl
Music by:   AlienHand (“Circle of Life”)
                     The Great Schizm (“The Cloud Hunter”)
                     Aphex Twin (“Stone in Focus:)
Site:  Gallitzinberg, Austria
Narrated by:  Will Stafford
“Aleph, found in the woods of Vienna, is a point in a space which contains all the points of universe, where all the universe can be observed without distortion or confusion. Animated film based on the short story by Jorge Luis Borges.”
Excerpts from “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges
“On the back part of the step, toward the right, I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost jorge-luis-borges-the-alephunbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realized that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded. The Aleph’s diameter was probably little more than an inch, but all space was there, actual and undiminished. Each thing (a mirror’s face, let us say) was infinite things, since I distinctly saw it from every angle of the universe. I saw the teeming sea; I saw daybreak and nightfall; I saw the multitudes of America; I saw a silvery cobweb in the center of a black pyramid; I saw a splintered labyrinth (it was London); I saw, close up, unending eyes watching themselves in me as in a mirror; I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me;
I saw the rotted dust and bones that had once deliciously been Beatriz Viterbo; I saw the circulation of my own dark blood; I saw the coupling of love and the modification of death; I saw the Aleph from every point and angle, and in the Aleph I saw the earth and in the earth the Aleph and in the Aleph the earth; I saw my own face and my own bowels; I saw your face; and I felt dizzy and wept, for my eyes had seen that secret and conjectured object whose name is common to all men but which no man has looked upon — the unimaginable universe.”

“The Waves”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Of Virginia Woolf Novel Directed By Marta Di Francesco (2016)

“The Waves” is an Cinematic Poem Experimental Short Film of a 1931 Novel by Virginia Woolf Directed by Marta Di Francesco.

Directed by:  Marta Di Francesco

Musical Score by: Cédric Elisabeth
Sound by:  Richard Nathan

Narrated by:  Adele Orcajada

The Waves Cinematic Poem Experimental Short Film On Virginia Woolf Novel Directed by Marta Di Francesco

“The piece is inspired by and quotes lines from Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves” (1931).

The film has been created using DepthKit, an open source toolkit together with an automated process to add generative textures to each individual frame.

I am interested in the implication of the digital process on identity and its fragmentation, exploring and questioning it through digital bleed and time displacement, and especially through the sculptural quality of time in Kinect 3D aesthetics.

The Waves by Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for this piece due to its theme of identity. It is a poetic novel that revolves around the theme of identity’s continuous flow, its ‘stream of consciousness’, its inner dialogues and multiple conversational syntax. It felt relevant to me in this moment in my life, in a time of uncertainty that leaves us all looking for our identity, weaving it in an effort to create solidity and balance, and escape the insecurity of the void. The process of sewing it together is a search for a feeling of stability, which it is inevitably temporary, like the shimmering crest of the waves in the sun.”

The Waves Cinematic Poem Experimental Short Film On Virginia Woolf Novel Directed by Marta Di Francesco in 2016

Excerpts from “The Waves” by Virginia Woolf (1931)

“I do not know myself sometimes, or how to measure and name and count the grains that make me what I am.

The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.”

Article on “The Waves” in The Creators Project:

The Waves Cinematic Poem Experimental Short Film On Virginia Woolf Novel Directed by Marta Di Francesco August 2016


“The Weight Of History”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Robert Lowell Directed By Ben Jacks (2015)

“The Weight Of History” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring “History” by Poet Robert Lowell Directed by Ben Jacks.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Ben Jacks

Music by:  Max Richter (“Dona Nobles Pacem 2”)

Narrated by:  Franklin O. Smith
Actress:  Francesca Cerullo

The Weight of History Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Robert Lowell Directed by Ben Jacks in 2015.JPG

“This experimental short was filmed in Florence, Italy. While traveling on honeymoon with my wife I was humbled by the abundance of historical artwork, architecture, and the religious presence within this city. There is a dark beauty there that is leveling to witness.

What I hope to represent, is the humility experienced in the presence of such environments and our place within history. Our smallness in time, contrasting to the beauty of what we can create, that stands witness so many years after.”

“HISTORY” by Robert Lowell

History has to live with what was here,
clutching and close to fumbling all we had–
it is so dull and gruesome how we die,
unlike writing, life never finishes.
Abel was finished; death is not remote,
a flash-in-the-pan electrifies the skeptic,
his cows crowding like skulls against high-voltage wire,
his baby crying all night like a new machine.
As in our Bibles, white-faced, predatory,
the beautiful, mist-drunken hunter’s moon ascends–
a child could give it a face: two holes, two holes,
my eyes, my mouth, between them a skull’s no-nose–
O there’s a terrifying innocence in my face
drenched with the silver salvage of the morn frost.

The Weight of History Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Robert Lowell Directed by Ben Jacks.JPG


“The Garden”: A Cinematic Short Film Directed By Sam Wilkins (2010)

“The Garden” is a cinematic experimental short film inspired by English ‘Ruralist’ painter David Inshaw directed by Sam Wilkins.

Directed by:  Sam Wilkins

Director of Photography:  David Litchfield

The Garden is an experimental short film exploring the dark nature of an English garden. Inspired by the paintings of English Ruralist painter David Inshaw, a dreamlike narrative unfolds as we watch a girl explore a garden that is not all that it first seems.


“Piano Works 13”: A Cinematic Experimental Short Film Featuring Four Dancers Directed By Julien Martorel (2013)

“Piano Works 13” is a cinematic experimental short film featuring four dance styles directed by Julien Martorell.

Directed by: Julien Martorell

Edited by: Alex Tissot
DOP: Raphael Bauche

Music composed by:  Polerik Rouviere

Produced by:

Official Selection ÉCU 2013, European Experimental Film
Choregraphy program Mecal International Short Film Festival
Official Selection Dance and Media Japan International VideoDance Festival 2013

Pianoworks 13 is a short movie, which combines live action and motion design. Over an original soundtrack played by Polerik Rouviere, four dancers perform different styles (break dance, new style, popping). The film illustrates the link between body, instrument and instrumentalist. The moves give birth to a sort of calligraphic language which is a representation of the moves themselves.

“Oxyde Noir – Alabaster”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Music Short Film Directed By Martin Koch (2014)

“Oxyde Noir – Alabaster (Vapor Mix)” is a cinematic visual poem music short film directed by Martin Koch.

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Martin Koch

Music/Sound: Oxyde Noir
Production: Suk & Koch Media Inc.

From the album ” Construct ” by Oxyde Noir.


“Sonnet 44”: A Cinematic Experimental Dance Film Featuring William Shakespeare Directed By Thomas Freundlich (2013)

“Sonnet 44” is a cinematic experimental short film of dance,  poetry, music & motion graphics, featuring words of William Shakespeare,  filmed and directed by Thomas Freundlich.

Filmed and Directed by:   Thomas Freundlich

Produced by:  Lumikinos Production & Art Slow

Camera: Eero Heinonen
Music by:  Egidija Medekšaitė

“Sonnet 44”  by William Shakespeare

“If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way;
For then despite of space I would be brought,
From limits far remote where thou dost stay.
No matter then although my foot did stand
Upon the farthest earth removed from thee;
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land
As soon as think the place where he would be.
But ah! thought kills me that I am not thought,
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,
But that so much of earth and water wrought
I must attend time’s leisure with my moan,
Receiving nought by elements so slow
But heavy tears, badges of either’s woe.”

Filmed in Helsinki, Finland