1,000 Miles | AI Short Film

An astronaut races against time to save as many lives as possible when he learns of a global catastrophe hidden from mankind for millenia.

When you watch this film, remember you are watching a project created with a new type of technology only recently released to the public. This is an AI video or generative video, produced with AI tools.

Directed, Edited, Produced, and Written by a human.

  • Milan Cucuk
  • Milan Cucuk
  • Milan Cucuk
  • Ryan Lewis
    Digital Image Technician
  • Ryan Lewis
    Sound Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    sci fi
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Generative Video, AI Video
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
    September 3, 2023
    Best Experimental Short Film
Director Biography - Milan Cucuk

Milan Cucuk has over 15 years of experience in creative writing, short filmmaking, and graphic design. He volunteered for the Sundance Film Festival from 2007–2016, has written screenplays and one novel, and has directed and produced several short films. He has spent 2023 focused on producing narrative storytelling with the use of generative AI tools.

"1,000 Miles" was featured in Forbes in August 2023, was invited to screen at domestic and international film festivals, won the award for Best Experimental Film at the Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival in July 2023, and has been featured on the Watch page of Runway, the company that produces the software to make AI videos possible.

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Director Statement

"1,000 Miles" resonates with emotions every culture experiences. Feelings of exploration within your community, yourself, and wanting to know what’s in the stars in the great beyond. Part of this exploration means breaking rules, making rules, learning to love, dealing with loss, and dealing with things that we have no control over that change our lives.

It was my goal to provide audiences with the showmanship that creative AI tools can currently produce, and provide an emotionally tangible story within this new format of storytelling.