Fans of Italian horror will love Birthday, an imaginative short making its rounds on the film festival circuit. In the wake of popular short films such as Lights OutHe Took His Skin Off for Me and The Smiling Man, international audiences are embracing bite-sized, spooky cinema. Whether you’re into “based on a true story” pieces or scary stories with a touch of fantasy, there’s a horror short out there for almost anyone. And Birthday definitely deserves a spot on your “Horror Shorts to Watch” list.

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All About Birthday

Directed by Alberto Viavattene (P.O.E.: Project of Evil) and starring Roxane Duran (The White Ribbon), Sydne Rome (What?, The Pumaman) and Viola Sartoretto (Last Monkey), Birthday follows an abusive nurse (Duran) as she wanders the halls of a nursing home, despising her job along with the senior citizens in her charge. Duran’s character enters a room with three sisters and discovers that one of them has just celebrated her one-hundredth birthday… which means a present is hidden somewhere. And the present itself is something that might change their lives forever.

This 15-minute film is already generating hype on the festival circuit. Birthday debuted at Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival​ 2017 in South Korea (World Premiere). It’s also making/has made the rounds at Fantasia Festival​ 2017 in Canada, Busho Film Festival 2017 in Hungary, ​Étrange Festival 2017 in France, Split Film Festival 207 in Croatia, ​New York Film Festival 2017 in the USA, Splat! Film Fest​ 2017 in Poland, Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy 2017 in Finland, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2017 in the USA and Panama Horror Film Fest 2017 in Panama. This film is going places.


Now, check out the teaser embedded below. For more information, visit, or


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So, what do you think of the teaser for Birthday? What’s your favorite horror short? Let us know in the comments!