Short & Sweet - Café 1001

On Monday evening, my friend introduce me to a weekly short film event known as 'Short & Sweet' in London, hosted in a place that I can only recall as Café 1001. Every week they show a selection of films old and new from established and emerging directors; with a variety of action, animation and music videos thrown into the mix. Best of all, its free!

The films I saw were all pretty amazing, with some downright hilarious shorts such as 'Love Does Grow On Trees' following a 13 year old boy and his discovery of pornographic material, and 'Teat Beat', which I'm not even sure I'm allowed to talk about. A deep story titled 'Hibernation' follows two childhood friends who attempt to bring back their lost friend resulting in some smiles yet touching tale, while 'Doxology' was simply random. They're all pretty wacky, bold and inspiring that are most entertaining. Not to mention the host Julia (I think is the name) who is very upbeat and quite simply passionate about it all that is rather infectious.

I guess the films are pretty mature - some definitely not for little ones. The films shown are pretty hard to track down on the net with mostly trailers being only available. This one here is one of the animation shorts by Tom Judd titled 'Bruce' (only a trailer).

If you are intrigued by the likes of 'Love Does Grow On Trees' then here's a link. Where 'Teat Beat' is hilarious, I can only say to look it up yourself, though be warned you may find it offensive.

Overall, I found the whole thing great and definitely recommend it if you have the chance. It's very inspiring stuff and could do wonders in sparking that idea for some animation projects. I'm going to try make a regular appearance and I'll be more than happy if anyone is interested in coming along - just give me a shout. Its on every Monday from 7.30pm to about 9.30pm.

You can find their website here.


Ruben Alexandre said...

this sounds pretty cool, when i have time i might pop down and have a look..

cheers for the link

Leo said...

Yeah its definitely worth a look if you can. I forgot to mention some of the directors are there with the showing of their film, so its also good for networking. Its a casual lounge atmosphere so nothing too formal :)

tutorphil said...

Hey Leo,

Thanks for bringing this to our attention - and I will be checking out 'Teat Beat' - how could I not, now that you've said such intriguing things about it! :-)

Simon (calamity) Holland said...

Hi guys, the DVD I was talking about today is called Concept Design 2, Sketching Environments by Feng Zhu, the sequel is Concept Design 4. A couple of books to check out include:

Massive Black, Volume 1
Bold Visions, The Digital Painting Bible by Gary Tonge.

If you need to E-Mail me my address is

Leo said...

No problem Phil, ah I would like to hear what you thought of 'Teat Beat' later then :) I only found one video online, where Short&Sweet showed about 4 of them in succession...

Thanks for the info Simon, will check them out. Massive Black vol.1 has some pretty amazing stuff in it, I also recommend it though its very expensive!

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