Neill Blomkamp’s Short Films

In 2017, South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp founded the independent Oats Studio. The aim of the studio was to create a series of short experimental films that were made available for free on YouTube and other platforms. Based on viewer reactions, it was then decided which short films had the potential to become feature ones.

These shorts feature famous faces (Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Coplay, Dakota Fanning, etc.) and each of them is based on a very original and surprising premise. The film block will be introduced by the director Neill Blomkamp himself.

After the screening, there will be a discussion about the specifics of creating short films and experiences in the film industry.

Firebase Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: Tyler Johnston, Robert Hobbs, Pat Mastroianni Year: 2017 Length: 27 min Origin: Canada

The war in Vietnam is raging and both armies are counting their losses. However, each side has an ace up its sleeve. A unique living weapon. Is it a soldier, a science experiment… or something else entirely?

Rakka Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Robert Hobbs, Carly Pope, Brandon Auret Year: 2017 Length: 22 min Origin: Canada

Our planet has been colonized by a hostile alien race. Some of humanity is trying to resist, the rest are either enslaved or collaborating and serving the planet’s new ruler. But in the darkest of hours, hope shines the brightest!

Zygote Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: Dakota Fanning, Jose Pablo Cantillo Year: 2017 Length :23 min Origin: Canada

A mining complex in the Arctic discovers a dangerous and deadly life form that has already consumed the entire crew. Except for the last two survivors who are not about to give up without a fight!

Short Sci-fi Films from iShorts

The short-film programme brings futuristic visions of young Czech and international filmmakers. Via the short-film format, we will become participants in a space experiment, get stuck in a time loop, and will learn how to programme our ideal lovers in a dystopian setting. The thematically varied block that isn’t lacking in hyperboles and inspiration was made possible, as always, in cooperation with iShorts.


Amor Labori Director: David Stejskal Cast: Milan Matyáš Deutsch, Anna Skladchikova, Veronika Bellová, Jan Parma, Tomáš Kucuk Year: 2020 Length: 10 min Origin: ČR

Can robots fall in love with one another? It is possible for us to fall in love with a robot? In the future.

Colour of Your Lips Director: Annick Blanc Cast: Alexis Lefebvre, Katia Lévesque Year: 2018 Length: 18 min Origin: Canada

The air suddenly stopped to be breathable and the only survivors are a diver and a woman. Air reserves are slowly growing thin and it is vital to solve the question whether these two will fall in love or start a war.

Being Human Director: Tomáš Krejčí Cast: Laura Besserová, Prokop Pršala Year: 2021 Length: 15 min Origin: Czech republic

During a romantic horse ride, Laura and Prokop experience the apocalypse. After some time spent in a hiding place, their relationship is put to a difficult test when they have to travel the barren land, trying to survive.

Episode 11 Director: Viktor Svoboda Cast: Marek Libert, Matěj Havelka Year: 2019 Length: 9 min Origin: Czech republic

Space hero Hart is captured by enemy robots. His son loses both a father and the right arm during the attack. Now he has to rescue Hart from those metal clutches before it is too late. The eleventh episode of a sci-fi series that doesn’t exist (yet). An action adventure working with the concept of an expanded fictional universe with a striking colour stylization.

Decommissioned Director: Josh Tanner Cast: David Normand, Joey Vieira Year: 2021 Length: 6 min Origin: Australia

A horrifying anomaly will surprise an astronaut at an international space station.

Loop Director: Stuart Langfield Cast: Michael J.Rogers, Valeriia Polishchuk, Tatenda Hatugari Year: 2021 Length: 13 min Origin: Canada

We find ourselves somewhere in the first half of the 21st century. David Hilton, a retired director of a technological company, tries to teach artificial intelligence how to experience genuine human emotions.

Zari Director: Courtney Marsh Cast: Laura Quesinberry Uchida, Chris Connell, William Joseph Hill Year: 2014 Length: 18 min Origin: USA

In the near future, a landlady’s robot starts to adjust to the world around it.

Sky Sharks

They are ravenous, have properly sharp teeth, sail through the air, and on their backs, they carry… zombies with swastikas on the sleeves of their uniforms? German director Marc Fehse brings forth a crazy vision in which Nazis plan to conquer the world with the help of a secret weapon – genetically modified flying sharks. Humankind can be saved only by special troops of resurrected US soldiers who have fallen in Vietnam. Yes, it’s exactly as insane as it sounds. And also fairly bloody! “Sky Sharks are like the baby of Iron Sky and Death Snow born out of wedlock,” wrote critic Martin Unsworth about the film. We can confirm that’s a good fit!

Sonic the Hedgehog

He is the fastest in all known worlds but has no friends. He can’t because no one can catch up. Sonic the Hedgehog, a cult comic and gaming character, celebrated his first feature film in 2020. The motion picture by Jack Fowler was met with controversy since the very start – the fans weren’t too happy with the first look of their favourite blue hero. The negative response was so strong the Sonic character was completely redone. The result is an entertaining spectacle with bonus points for wonderfully diabolical Jim Carrey cast as Doctor Robotnik. The screening planned on (datum) is the perfect opportunity to “stash away” your kids, younger siblings or even yourself. Sonic the Hedgehog will delight anyone who has ever played the legendary Sega game.

Student sci-fi film competition

A new addition to the programme is a block of student competition films through which we would like to connect the festival with the filmmaking community even more.

In the short films series, we will see various near-future scenarios from different points of view, some alternative history, and examples of interplanetary communication. All by using different techniques and genres but also fresh narrative approaches.

Ajznboňák Director: Jakub Vrbík, Patrik Balonek, Matěj Sláma School: Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze Year: 2020 Length: 14 min

In a not-so-distant future in the rubble of a collapsed society, there survives a man dreaming of an ordinary life… or is it just an unfulfilled train dispatcher, longing for a life in a world of action?

Breaktime Director: Martin Bystrianský School: Univerzita Tomáše Bati ve Zlíně Year: 2020 Length: 17 min

A sci-fi story that transitions from the real world into a VR game. Lori must confront her father’s killer. Ironically, a fictional space reveals the whole truth.

Girls don’t cry Director: Fýr Romu School: Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze Year: 2020 Length: 13 min

Hana is at her wit’s end. She’s carrying Jared’s baby but she feels hate and has no choice. They tell her to shut up and listen. But she defiantly takes her fate into her own hands.

I Heard the Moon-Lady Weaving Director: Vasco Viana School: Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze Year: 2020 Length: 9 min

A cosmic drifter receives a mysterious message on his radio as his ship heads towards collision with the Sun.

The Isolator Director: Matěj Hrudička School: Univerzita Tomáše Bati ve Zlíně Year: 2020 Length: 12 min

In a fictional Prague at the turn of the 19th and 20th century lives a young scientist. He is working on an invention that will help with concentration regardless of the noise of the metropolis – the Isolator.

Ant hill Director: Marek Náprstek School: Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze Year: 2020 Length: 14 min

The story of the end of humanity from the perspective of ants. Rebellious worker K99980335 longs for a different future. When her dream suddenly comes cruelly true, it’s too late to take it back.

The Outer Space Diplomacy Director: Vojta Kočí School: Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová Year: 2020 Length: 2 min

The short film created in three weeks as a school assignment is a brief comment on the anthropocentric character of the act of interstellar colonization.