Nihilist Film Festival

The 2016 Nihilist Film Festival
was held at the Echo Park Film Center
on Friday, December 16 at 8:30
The Echo Park Film Center is located at 1200 N. Alvarado Street at Sunset in Echo Park.

For the seventeenth year, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation presented the Nihilist International Film Festival. This year’s evening of films was presented at the Echo Park Film Center. The show started at 8:30 pm on Friday, December 16. The festival included two hours of short films from around the country and around the world. The films range from troubling to hilarious, from profound to completely silly. Pretty much, something for everyone (except children and clergy).

Festival Director Elisha Shapiro commented, “Seventeen years of hilariously offensive short films…I really thought we would have caused the rapture by now. Guess there’s no downside to mocking all that’s holy.”

As a special feature, all those who bring their own televisions and arrive fifteen minutes early will be able to include their appliances in the traditional ritual Blessing of the Televisions featuring the high priestess of performance art, Anna Homler.

Entries for next year:

"If you've made a video that has appalled and offended other film festivals,"
says Nihilist Film Festival organizer Elisha Shapiro, "we're looking for you."
Artists and video-makers who want to submit videos for this year should send
an unprotected DVD (ntsc) copy to the:

Nihilist Film Festival
Box 36422
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Include a self-addressed-stamped envelop if you want your DVD returned.
The deadline is September 15, 2017.
If you have questions, you can e-mail


See last year's program below.

Click here to see programs from previous years.

The 2016 Nihilist Film Festival
was held at the Echo Park Film Center
on Friday, December 16 at 8:30

Program 2016

Selected Films

Nihilist Film Festival program


Mr Topps                                                       10:14   minutes
Adam de la Cour                                             United Kingdom

"What's the lion 'thing'?"
Rancid stalwart of the capitalist dream, Mr Topps, wakes to find himself in a Donald Rumsfeld inspired version of This Is Your Life, in which mysterious host, Deep Throat, lovingly reunites him with a collection of past associates, each one literally itching for a one to one.


Max Man Laundry Detergent                     1:16 minutes
Nathan Wold                                                   Edina, Minnesota  

The story of a washing machine filled with dildos.

Analogue                                                       2:00 minutes
Ian Haig                                                          Australia

The mutating conditions of the human body
Noun  -  analogue, plural noun-analogues, noun-analog, plural noun-analogs
1. a person or thing seen as comparable to another – an interior analogue of the exterior world
2. an organ or part similar in function to an organ or part of another animal or plant but different in structure and origin
3. Biology-an analogous part or organ


The EFIList                                                   15:50 minutes
Amanda Sukenick                                           Chicago

A humorous summation of the horror of sentient life on planet earth, as metaphored by Consumption, Reproduction, Cannibalism and Addiction, where ethical Janitors argue for sentient extinction through the philosophy of Antinatalism. Based on the Vlogs of Youtube Philosopher Inmendham, and performed by Amanda Oldphan Sukenick.


Stranger Danger                                           4:48 minutes
Annique Arredondo                                         Los Angeles

Whistle Girl fears the world itself, and she’s not afraid to show it… through her “stranger danger” whistle. But, everyone is weirded out by her, her pathetic sounding whistles, and her odd behavior instead of her whistle-blowing powers! So, when Whistle Girl unexpectedly encounters a young man of similar qualities, will she whistle him away, or find something much more kindred?


Tattle-Tale Heart                                          17:07 minutes
Lark V.C.R.                                          Oakland

A dystopian portrait of blurring boundaries between body and machine, this queer story imagines a heart-hungry app that calculates your TRUE mood and posts it directly to your social media channels.


A Piece of the Pie                                        3:09 minutes
Bryan Brooks and Luke Grandmont               Canada

While hiding behind enemy lines, three soldiers share what they are most excited to do once the war is over.


Death of Mr. Morrison                                 6:40 minutes
Alex Pop                                                         Canada

Sherry loses her beloved dog, then out of the grief comes a business idea. The idea is too extreme and strange for her friend Maya, who tries to stop her. She does not succeed and things spiral down to a tragi-comic ending.


Asockalypse!                                                        10:09 minutes
Michael Q. Ceballos   and  Keith Kackoerk            Hawaii

The great Asockalypse has arrived!
It’s the End Times and the Earth is a place of unending terror, ravaged by a rampant zombie virus, an all-out nuclear war, a giant asteroid impact and an alien invasion.
“Asockalypse!” chronicles the adventures of a desperate band of survivors as they wander the hellscape in a high tech land crawler vehicle on an endless quest to save the human race and possibly, one day, reboot civilization.
Producers:  Keith Kaczorek, Barry Stringfellow and Ty Robinson


Disrupted                                                      3 minutes
Alicja Jasina                                                    Los Angeles

“Disrupted” is a story about a person who is not able to fall asleep because of all the disruptive sounds that surround him.


Layover                                                          2 minutes
Robert Piehler                                                 GERMANY

Layover is a student short film adaption of the poem "Layover" from the American writer Charles Bukowski. It’s about the intimate moments of a past love reflected by neon signs of the 60's. The sudden end of a love relationship and the unanswered question of, where the living goes when it stops.


The Tyger                                                      3 minutes        
Radheya Jegatheva                                          Australia

This animated creation is based on the poem 'The Tyger' by William Blake, who wrote this in 1794. The Tyger is very important to me. My grandmother recited this poem in a competition in 1970, winning it. One of the prizes was the opportunity to participate in a major dramatic production. My grandfather was part of that production, and that is how they met. This film is dedicated to my grandma, Shanti Jegathesan\


Audience Favorite Award
THE PUNISHMENT                                   3 minutes
Nelson Fernandes                                           Portugal

Lisa, a lonely girl, has been punished by her mother, and she confined herself to her bedroom where she feeds with her own tears her only friend, a plant.


The Unconventional Gourmet                    12 minutes
Wendy Keeling                                               Tennessee

A dark comedy about a woman stuck in the 50's searching for the perfect ingredients in an unusual family recipe. The film tells an age-old tale with an added modern twist.


Beware of Trains                                          1 minutes        
Markus Helmersson                                        Sweden

The difference between how we interpret and perceive the world is put to the test.


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