Home ยป 2021 Films ยป Shorts Program 3 – The Last Laugh

This is a collection of comedic short films that provide an eclectic blend of contemporary humor with something sure to tickle anyoneโ€™s funny bone.

IN-PERSON: Saturday 9/18 at 2:15 PM in Theater #2
Available Friday, 9/17 from 7:00 PM through Sunday, 9/19, 9:00 PM

*The filmmakers of Pap Trap, It’s Over, and Herzog & Morris are expected to be present for a discussion following the in-person screening.

Small World

3 mins | US | Color | Comedy | ๐Ÿ†

Two strangers meet in a far away land and realize they are from the same town.

by Jim Ford

Jim is a full time actor in New York City. Although he makes a living acting, his guilty pleasure has always been short films. He has made over 20 shorts to date, which have screened at film festivals all over the world. Jim has a fervor for festivals and attends as many as he can. Currently he can be seen acting alongside Olivia Wilde in the indie thriller: A Vigilante. He also received his first Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination for his work in The Irishman.

Pap Trap

6 mins | US | Color | Comedy | ๐Ÿ†

Based off of a true life experience, Pap Trap is a short “gyne-comedy” about a pill poppin’ party girl in search of her next fix, only to find herself in the middle of a well woman exam gone wrong.

by Rachel Napolitano

Rachel lives in Fort Worth, TX, working as a freelance filmmaker. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University and studied Radio-Television-Film at University of Texas. She enjoys shooting comedy sketches, writing/reading screenplays, and cooking.

It’s Over

3 mins | US | Color | Comedy | ๐ŸŠ ๐Ÿฆฉ ๐Ÿ† โœ๏ธ

With only five minutes to go until the end of the world, Alice makes the unimaginably brutal decision to break up with her girlfriend, Bex.

by Charlie Andelman

Charlie is a nonbinary filmmaker attending Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. Every day on earth is a new experience, and everyone has their own story to tell. Charlie sees film as a tool for change, and they plan to be part of the movement for better representation in film and television.

Lie Low

11 mins | UK | Color | Comedy | ๐Ÿ†

Noughties reality TV star Amber Seven is just trying to get a bit of peace and quiet, lounging around the pool. But her electric pink Motorola Razr just won’t quit. As the calls keep rolling in, she starts getting a sinking feeling…

by Christopher Hyde & Hope Moon

Hope Moon is an industry professional with experience from production companies such as Working Title, The Ink Factory and Number 9 Films. She has worked on set as a director’s assistant and in house in production and development. Having worked at Creative England on their iFeatures and shortFLIX development schemes, Hope is now producing a slate of short films while furthering her script skills on the NFTS Script Development Course. Hope has an interest in delicate and subtle undercurrents of drama, paired with an off-kilter and unexpected device.

Chris Hyde is an in-house editor at Oscar-winning documentary production company Lightbox. Having taught himself how to edit as a teenager, he started making guerrilla-style low budget movies with a distinctive aesthetic. Bringing this together with his mastery and manipulation of tech, he uses unexpected cameras to intersect rugged low-fi with high-concept, slick visuals.

Herzog & Morris

15 mins | US | B&W, Color | Drama, Comedy

A comedic noir that dramatizes a pivotal moment in the real life relationship between Werner Herzog and Errol Morris during the summer of 1975.

by Neil Howard Butler

A 1995 graduate of the Film School at Florida State University, Neil has lived and worked in Los Angeles for the past two decades, mostly in the realm of film and television development. 2017 saw the release of feature Lewis & Klarq, an indie rock musical of sorts he wrote and directed with Jason Chimonides and which had its world premiere at the Cyprus International Film Festival where it won the Golden Aphrodite Award for Best Score. In 2019, his short Lost Tribe (also co-directed with Chimonides) premiered at the Tallahassee Film Festival. Neil is currently restoring his first feature, a road film originally produced in the mid-nineties on glorious 16mm b&w.

One More Time

13 mins | US | Color | Romance, Comedy | ๐ŸŠ ๐Ÿฆฉ ๐Ÿ†

Alex, a waiter, encounters an old friend and asks her out. When tragedy strikes, a determined Alex defies mortality itself to show up for the date with his dream girl.

by F.C. Rabbath

F.C. Rabbath is an American film/commercial director and a Tallahassee Film Festival alum. Rabbath is also an inventor, author, comedian, former journalist (AP winner) and entrepreneur. Rabbath has lived in several countries before the age of 16 due to his father’s work, exposing him to several different cultures. Later Rabbath moved to the United States in 2003, where he continued filmmaking there.

Stalling It

7 mins | UK | Color | Comedy | ๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŽฌ

Itโ€™s 1988, Sammy, Bethan and Jo are bridesmaids. We join them in the midst of the time honored female tradition…the joint bathroom break.

by Caroline Ward & Jemma Moore

Caroline is a comedy writer, actor and director who has worked in the industry from a young age and has an MA in Acting for Screen at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Jemma is an actor and producer and Stalling It will be her co-directorial debut. She was winner of the 2017 ABC Discovers U.K. Digital Talent Competition and has worked with Warner Brothers, Universal, Studio Canal and many more.


33 mins | US | Color | Comedy, Drama

31-year-old Cory lives with his mom. Despite a set of serious life choices facing him, Coryโ€™s main priority is to get a new tattoo sleeve, which he can hardly afford, so he sets out to get a job with the support of his only friend, his tattoo artist Louie.

by Mike Ott

Mike Ott studied under Thom Andersen at CalArts where he received his MFA degree in Film/Video and began directing music videos for such bands as Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Blood Brothers, and The Cave Singers. Mikeโ€™s second feature film, Littlerock, won numerous awards, including the Audience Award at the 2010 AFI Fest, a Gotham Award, and an Independent Spirit Award. His third feature, Pearblossom Hwy, premiered at the 2012 AFI Fest in the US and at the prestigious Viennale in Austria. Mike also teaches film directing in the graduate Film & TV Production MFA program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.