Sci-Fi November: Short Films

Today, I thought I'd showcase some science fiction short films that you might enjoy. Up first is the recently released Ambition, produced for the European Space Agency to celebrate the upcoming launch of their Rosetta mission on Nov. 12.

As Tomek Bagiński’s short film Ambition makes clear, it is the essence of what it means to be human, to attempt difficult things, to reach for seemingly impossible goals, to learn, adapt and evolve.

And at the heart of this film is Rosetta, ESA’s real mission to rendezvous with, escort and land on a comet. A mission that began as a dream, but that after decades of planning, construction and flight through the Solar System, has arrived at its goal.

Its aim? To unlock the secrets hidden within the icy treasure chest for 4.6 billion years. To study its make-up and its history. To search for clues as to our own origins.

Rosetta: The Ambition To Turn Science Fiction Into Science Fact.

You may recognize Aiden Gillen as The Master here, from his previous work in Game of Thrones, The Wire, and The Dark Knight Rises.

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For a look behind the scenes of Ambition, check out the making of:

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I also really enjoyed the cyberpunk short film True Skin, which was released Oct. 2012.[youtube=http://youtu.be/hoj4Qv7nrN8]

And finally, The Service, another cyberpunk short from earlier this year that was also listed as an official selection of the Viewster Online Film Fest 3 and an official selection of Filmshortage:

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If you've got a favorite you'd like to highlight, post in the comments below!

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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