From independent director and animator, Josh Funk, comes 3 KEYS - a fantasy/thriller short film set in the world of one woman's nightmares. In the office of a psychiatrist (Robert Donnelly), a patient (Brigette Funk) explains her reoccurring nightmares that always begin with a mysterious door and three different skeleton keys that unlock it. Accompanied by stop-motion puppets, marionettes, and miniatures, each nightmare is packed with practical effects.



3 Keys wins the award for Best Digital Effects at the 2018 HorrorHaus film festival in Los Angeles, CA.


3 Keys is an official selection of the 2018 HorrorHaus film festival in Los Angeles, CA. The event will take place November 2nd-4that the Greenway Court Theatre.


3 Keys wins 2nd Place: Judges Choice and Best Animation at this year's Shortz! Film Festival


3 Keys has been nominated for Best Fantasy Short and Best Art Direction - Short at this year's FilmQuest. The festival is September 7th-15th in Provo, UT.


3 Keys has been selected as a Finalist in the Shortz! Film Festival. The festival is August 11th and 12th in Chico, CA.


3 Keys wins the award for Most Original Concept at the Videoscream Film Festival in Portland, OR. 


3 Keys wins the Gold Award for Best Horror Film at the Mindfield Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. 


3 Keys won the Award of Excellence: Film Short in the Best Shorts International Film Competition. Attracting both powerhouse companies as well as talented new filmmakers, The Best Shorts is an exceptional, truly international awards competition. This worldwide competition strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media. Best Shorts promotes award winners through press releases to over 40,000 filmmakers, industry contacts and global media/distribution outlets. 


3 Keys is a Semi-Finalist in the Los Angeles CineFest Competition. LA CineFest is an online and live international event, the winning films will screen at the live event in Los Angeles in Jan, 2019.


The world premiere of 3 Keys will be held at the Museum of Northern California Art on April 13th and 14th at 6:30pm. The event will feature a behind the scenes video, Q&A with the filmmakers, and puppets and props on display. Click HERE for event details.


Woman - Brigette Funk

Psychiatrist - Robert Donnelly

Fairy Voices - Mila Purvis

King - Bob Howard

King Voice - Josh Funk

Music by Barbara De Biasi

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Brigette Funk preparing for the practical folding bed effect.

Brigette Funk preparing for the practical folding bed effect.


Discover how the folding bed illusion was filmed as a practical effects shot. 


Josh Funk creates surreal and vibrant short films, music videos, and animations that mix practical effects, puppetry, computer graphics, and experimental elements inspired by his favorite films of the 1980's and music videos of the 1990's. His 2015 short film The Spaceman won Best of Festival at the Sundial Film Festival and the Award of Excellence in the 2015 IndieFEST Film Competition. See more of his work here.

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