Ithaca Fantastik

Short Films

Gasp! The Horror!

Sat. Oct. 27 • 2:00pm

Sometimes horror is a magical horned demon shooting fire at you. Sometimes it lives in your own home... Ithaca Fantastik is proud to present this selection of shorts that shows just how wide, wild, and inventive the realm of horror can be.

  • Goodnight, Gracie

    Stellan Kendrick • USA • 4min

    After mom gets hacked to pieces by her latest lover, a devout child fights to escape the same fate.

  • The Day Mum Became A Monster

    Josephine Hopkins • France • 24min

    Young Candice lives alone with her mother since the divorce of her parents. As her birthday approaches, she’s excited to see her father again. But her mother's attitude begins to change...

  • MILK

    Santiago Menghini • Canada • 9min

    On a late night, a young teen goes into the kitchen for a glass of milk. Upon encountering his sleepless mother, he quickly realizes things are not as they seem.

  • MAW

    Jasper Vrancken • Belgium • 20min

    Richard has an unusual fantasy: he is aroused by the idea of being eaten by an animal or monster. Through an ad, he meets the mysterious Max and may have the chance to fulfill his depraved fantasy.

  • New Feelings

    Anastasia Nechaeva • Russian Federation • 19min

    In the not too distant future, heart extraction is a routine surgical operation. A cynical post-op rehab doctor enjoys his life while ridiculing those who undergo the surgery. Who would want to be heartless?

  • Those Who Can Die

    Charlotte • Cayeux France • 19min

    Zoé enters a strict boarding school where the pupils seem a little too well behaved. One day, Zoé meets Marie and understands what they are destined for.

Eyeslicer Halloween Special

Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell • 93min
Sat. Oct. 27 • 4:00pm

A comedy-horror anthology presented by internet rock stars The Eyeslicer. Taking viewers on a chaotic journey through the liminal space of the Halloween season, THE EYESLICER HALLOWEEN SPECIAL feels like an acid trip down the Halloween aisle at Party City.

  • Great Choice

    Robin Comisar

    A desperate woman attempts to escape from within a Red Lobster commercial.

  • Fry Day

    Laura Moss

    On the night of Ted Bundy’s execution, a young girl embarks on a dangerous adventure.

  • Steve's Kinkoes

    Emma Debany

    Steve travels to a 24-hour copy shop to make missing posters for his dead cat. Will he ever leave?

  • Crow Hand!!!

    Brian Lonano

    If you see a cursed crow hand on the ground, do NOT pick it up.

  • Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can't Fix

    Jennifer Proctor

    A frenetic supercut exploring the role of bathtubs throughout film and horror movie history.

  • All The Witches

    Nellie Kluz

    This observational doc takes us onto the set of a new horror movie.

  • Pumpkin Movie

    Sophy Romvari

    In this non-traditional documentary, two best friends Skype for their annual Halloween tradition—carving pumpkins and sharing stories of misogyny.

  • Underbelly Up

    Joshua Yates

    A ghost reflects on the 2015 South Carolina Flood.

  • Allen Anders - Live at the Comedy Castle

    Laura Moss

    A stand-up set takes an unexpected turn.

  • Gwilliam's Tips for Turning Tricks into Treats

    Brian Lonano

    Everyone’s favorite trashcan goblin is back with tips for a fun and safe Halloween night.

  • The Puppet Man

    Jacqueline Castel

    A dreamy tribute to the slasher films of John Carpenter

  • Ghosting the Party

    Carlos Lopez

    Two best friends drop acid and hit on a ghost during a Halloween dance party.

Light +/- Dark Shorts

Sat. Nov. 3 • 4:00pm

Tampon Monsters. Murderous Johnny Depp fans. Two dudes just trying to be cool. The LIGHT+/-DARK shorts block presents the comedy genre shorts that made us laugh, or made us cringe.

  • BFF Girls

    Brian Lonano • USA • 13min

    Three American girls magically transform into Japanese superheroes and fight a tampon monster as they begin their journey into womanhood.

  • Psycho Kino

    Guillem Dols • Spain • 18min

    A couple of snuff filmmakers face a problematic shoot.

  • Lunch Ladies

    Clarissa Jacobson/JM Logan • USA • 19min

    Two burned out high school Lunch Ladies do whatever it bloody takes on their quest to become Johnny Depp's personal chefs.

  • We Summoned A Demon

    Chris McInroy • USA • 6min

    They just wanted to be cool. Instead, they got a demon.

  • Seafood Diet

    Max Levine • USA • 10min

    A movie about a bad joke.

  • Beautiful Eyes

    Rani Deigh Crowe • USA • 5min

    A young girl with dark thoughts "gets fixed" at the beauty salon.

  • Fetish

    D. L. Hess/R. H. Perry • USA • 21min

    Oddball Clark meets the girl of his dreams, but the relationship is threatened by his foot fetish.


Sat. Nov. 3 • 2:00pm

Think you’ve seen everything the genre world has to offer? Think again. Our WTFANTASTIK! block challenges genre veterans with envelope-pushing, boundary-breaking shorts that must be seen to be believed. For adventurous audiences only!

  • What's That In The Ground?

    Wally Chung • USA • 3min

    When you want one thing, sometimes you get the complete opposite... or something worse.

  • The Story of Everything

    Sharon A. Mooney • USA • 15min

    Lorraine is on a lifelong search for her former foster brother. After a tense encounter with a stranger, the two embark on a road trip, each searching for something.

  • Sweet Deceit

    Shannon Jones • USA • 12min

    A sociopath's perspective of luring a woman into a fantasy world that quickly turns into a nightmare.

  • Loathing...

    Franz Milec • Czech Republic • 17min

    In a fully automated society, a smart assistant who helped build the current regime joins the resistance.

  • NewVHS

    Starnes/Wright/Clendenning/Miles • USA • 16min

    This sketch pilot series features VHS tapes from an alternate universe in the 1990s.

  • Mama's Boy

    Samantha Kolesnick • USA • 12min

    A young man's life spirals into depravity and madness when he confronts the trauma of his childhood.


    Nicholas Payne • USA • 6min

    Charles is deeply in debt and desperate to save his kidnapped dog. In a last-ditch effort to secure the ransom, he asks his wealthy mother for help

  • Entropia

    Marinah Janello • USA • 15min

    Shot entirely on 16mm, Entropia embodies the internal struggles of aging and the toll it takes on a woman’s self worth.

Opening Shorts

  • Death Metal Grandma

    Leah Galant • USA • 14min

    Plays before Black Mother

    97 year old Holocaust Survivor, Inge Ginsberg, was a songwriter for legendary musicians like Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. Now, she’s ready to break out as a death metal performer.

  • Ad Infinitum

    Murat Çetinkaya • Turkey • 13min

    Plays before Starfish

    At the center of a barren and mysterious universe stands a shed. From within, the Leader oversees his subordinates, but they cannot look inside.

  • Payment

    Ben Larned • USA • 8min

    Plays before La Rusalka

    After 10 years of hiding, Stephen confronts the salesman to whom he sold his soul, unaware that the demon has fallen in love with him.

  • Special Day

    Teal Greyhavens • USA • 8min

    Plays before Piercing

    On the night of Emily’s 18th birthday, her family gathers to reveal an important secret to her.

  • Saturn Through The Telescope

    Didac Gimeno • Spain • 11min

    Plays before Violence Voyager

    One night, ten-year-old Max sneaks out of his bedroom to watch a horror film. He’s caught by his mother, but can’t forget what he’s seen.

  • Mannequins

    David Malcolm • UK • 7min

    Plays before Chained for Life

    Four friends, well aware of the irony and cliché involved, visit the abandoned Carpenter Hill Hospital for fun.

  • Every Ghost Has An Orchestra

    Shayna Connely • USA • 7min

    Plays before Relaxer

    What happens after we die? This universal question is explored by paranormal researcher and experimental composer Michael Esposito.

  • TiCK

    Ashlea Wessel • Canada • 12min

    Plays before Luz

    In a post-pandemic society, a vampire in hiding is forced to make a stand when confronted with the oppressive regime who kidnapped and enslaved her family.

  • Riley Was Here

    Jon Rhoads • USA • 15min

    Plays before Prospect

    Humankind narrowly avoided an apocalyptic event, but some of those who survived struggle to move on after their horrific losses.

  • Smoke Grenade

    Joe LaRocca • USA • 10min

    Plays before Brother's Nest

    Robert is peer pressured into setting off a smoke grenade in his high school as a prank. After running home, he stumbles across a family secret that will change his life forever.

  • Fontaineblues

    Akim Gagnon • Canada • 10min

    Plays before Love Me Not

    Clara goes to talk with her sister, Sara, who has locked herself in the bathroom of her Hochelaga home.