A filmmaker now exploring novel-writing and illustration, Darryl Knickrehm has 8 short films under his belt. In 2013, in addition to co-founding Waylines Magazine, Darryl was a finalist in The Illustrators of the Future. Twice. This year he is releasing the dystopian series, The Citizens of Oblivion. The first book, In Dreams, is out now, with the next installment, Sympathy for the Devil, set for March 3. For more information on other projects, check out dariru.com, his blog, or on twitter as @DarrylKnickrehm.

7 Reasons You Should Be Watching Short SciFi Films

by Darryl Knickrehm

In the past year, while selecting short films to screen at Waylines Magazine, I came across movies that wowed me, shocked me, and captured my imagination — films that were technically every bit as good as what is coming out of Hollywood. They featured invading aliens, fantastic bike chases, impossible numbers, and amazing battles. And they were all under twenty minutes.

The thing is, most people don’t even know they exist. Most people don’t even know of the world of short film. If you’re one of those people, you’ve got a universe of at your fingertips just waiting to be discovered.

Perfect for the fast paced life of the modern homo sapien, one can watch a short film during the commute to work, on a break, or at any other opportunity (hopefully not during work). They can feature production values that at one time only the big studios could afford. They can include visual effects so lifelike that it’s hard to determine what is real and what isn’t. They can be everything a big budget Hollywood film is, but in a bite-sized chuck we can fit into a break and onto that gizmo in the palm of our hands. And for us science fiction fans, there is a treasure trove out there waiting to be discovered.

So just where can we find some these micro cinematic gems? Here are 7 of the most interesting sci-fi short films I found in the past year.

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