A short film by

Yuval Shrem

THE BABIES is a gripping and mind-bending short film, which pretends to be a science fiction movie, and pretends to be about population size control in a futuristic world, but holds in it many surprises that are sure to both entertain audiences and provoke thought.

THE BABIES is about abuse of power by those in strategic positions of authority – the clerk, the nurse, the cop. It is also a frightfully truthful glimpse at how the mentally ill experience the world. It takes you on a roller-coaster and disturbs your sense of fairness, challenging both your morality and your very perception of reality itself.

Festivals, Awards & Nominations

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Cast & Crew

Yuval Shrem

Director / Writer / Producer / Editor / DP

Award winning director, Screen-writer and music composer, Yuval Shrem began his television career in Israel 1995. Since then Yuval has been creatively involved in hundreds of television programs (including drama series, talk-shows, children shows, and drama mini-series), as well as other various media productions (commercials, pop concert DVDs, video games, etc.) In the summer of 2002 Yuval moved to Los Angeles, and started his transition from the Israeli television industry, to the Hollywood independent film industry, producing, directing and developing several film projects of various scopes.


Krista Dane Hoffman

Actress (lead)

Born and raised in New York City, Krista has a long time background in musical theater, including Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She has performed Off-Broadway and in many New York theater festivals. She has appeared on 30 Rock, Bar Karma produced by the Sim’s creator, Z-Rock on IFC, and Beauty Queen Murders on ID Channel. She has started filming her recurring role on the series Sangre Negra, starring Erik Estrada and Eric Roberts. She’s been very busy filming commercials including national spots for Coors Light, Carl’s Jr., Ballpark Franks, and Target, and many short films and indie features including Gala & Godfrey, which has been sweeping film festivals this season.


Justin Petry

Actor (lead)

Born and raised in Marysville, Washington, Justin grew up playing Baseball, but ultimately moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for storytelling and the film industry. You might have seen him in TV commercials for major brands such as Samsung, Wells Fargo, Mitsubishi, and Intel, to name a few, and in films such as Connect, Drive By, Party Foul, 5 Ways to Split Apart the Day, the video installation “Pollution”, and most recently on “Betrayed” (ID Network).


Jay Lech-Lynas

Actor (supporting)

A former journalist and U.C. Berkeley graduate turned actor, writer, producer. Most recently he wrote, created, and plays the lead in the original comedic web-series: “Guber: Rideshare Stories” and “Goober: Higher Expectations”. Additional credits include: “Guarded Angel” and “How to Breathe Underwater” – a music video for Pulitzer prize finalist in music – Christopher Cerrone. Jay has studied acting with Jocelyn Jones (formerly at the Beverly Hills Playhouse) for three years.


Assaf Rinde

Composer – Original score

A graduate of the highly rigorous Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program at the University of Southern California, Assaf Rinde scored over fifty film, television, webisode and video game projects, including recent films such as THE PULSE OF LIFE, GIMME SHELTER, SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE, A LETTER FROM THE PAST, AMEXICA, NAILED, and KILL ZONE, which brought him a 2009 nomination for Best Original Score in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. He was a team member on such high-visibility films as GHOST RIDER and SPIDERMAN 3, he contributed music for the popular 2010 video game FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS, 2011 THOR: GOD OF THUNDER & 2011 RAGE, and most recently ROCKET TOSS developed by Oculus. He has also scored theatrical trailers for major studio films such as BOOK OF ELI, DUMB AND DUMBER TO, MIRROR MIRROR, PRINCE OF PERSIA, ZERO DARK THIRTY, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.


Victor Naumik

Visual FX Artist


Lillian Vince

Make-Up Artist


Watch the trailer

Official Trailer

Movie clips

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On the red carpet

Here are some photos from the world premiere of THE BABIES at the Southern Shorts Awards film festival, including filmmaker Yuval Shrem, actor Justin Petry and actor Jay Lech-Lynas.

Here are some photos from the red carpet at the 2018 Pasadena International Film Festival.

Here are some red carpet photos from the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, as well as a video interview with filmmaker Yuval Shrem and composer Assaf Rinde, after they won Best Produced Screenplay and Best Original Music Score for THE BABIES.

Here are some red carpet photos from the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, with Filmmaker Yuval Shrem and Actress Krista Dane Hoffman after winning Best Sci-Fi Short and Best Actrss for THE BABIES.