Awesome Short Films

Last Stop for Lost Property

Last Stop for Lost Property

New York City’s public transit system carries millions of passengers each day, so it’s bound to have its share of items left behind on its seats and platforms. Vicente Cueto’s documentary short film tells the story of lost items and their owners, as told by Sonny Drayton of NYC’s Subways and Buses Lost & Found department.

Migrants

Migrants

In this award-winning animated short film, two polar bears are forced into exile as global warming causes them to lose their habitat. As they wash ashore in a more temperate climate, they must adapt to a strange and unwelcoming new world. It’s a poignant commentary on both climate change and anti-immigrant hate.

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Bantu Wax

Bantu Wax

Those of us who live outside of Africa don’t typically associate the continent with surfing. Lea and Roberto Colombo’s vibrant short film gives us a peek into Africans’ passion for riding the waves with a colorful montage of soothing surf footage juxtaposed with energetic scenes of life on the land.

The Beacon

The Beacon

To celebrate the relaunch of G4, Adam Savage and the crew from Tested created their first short film. The sci-fi film follows two astronauts who discover a mysterious video signal. It’s really less of a story and more of an opportunity for Adam to show off his awesome spacesuit builds.

Sprite Fright

Sprite Fright

Everyone knows that people who act like jackasses frequently find themselves the victims in campy horror movies. Writer-director Matthew Luhn’s darkly comedic animated short follows a group of campers who disrespect nature and who get their comeuppance after upsetting a group of seemingly adorable woodland creatures. (Thanks, Rob!)

The Ultimate Ski Run

The Ultimate Ski Run

Freestyle skier Markus Eder takes us on a journey through powdery, icy, and downright daring downhill runs through various Alpine terrain. Watch Eder conquer steep slopes, slick surfaces, and ice caves while pulling awe-inspiring tricks. This epic ski film was captured by Innsbruck’s Legs of Steel over the course of two years.

My New Boyfriend

My New Boyfriend

After struggling to meet the man of her dreams, this woman may have finally found her ideal mate. Anthony DiMieri’s comedic short film pairs its star Alexies Martinez with the Home Depot 12-foot skeleton and his perfect bone structure.

Origin

Origin

While unable to travel in 2020, Vadim Sherbakov worked on a project closer to home. The filmmaker created this macro video using inks, alcohol, soaps, and household chemicals, resulting in colorful and ethereal moving images. The entire work was shot with a DJI Pocket 2 camera with a macro lens attached.

Empty Places

Empty Places

Geoffroy de Crécy’s haunting short film is composed of a sequence of vignettes, each capturing a stark and lonely place, devoid of life other than humanity’s mechanical inventions. The subtext, of course, is what happened to all of the people and where did they go? Mass alien abduction? Spontaneous combustion?

Decommissioned

Decommissioned

In 2006, astronauts aboard the ISS fitted a decommissioned Russian spacesuit with a radio transmitter and jettisoned it into orbit. SuitSat-1 eventually re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and is presumed to have burned up. But Josh Tanner and Jade van der Lei’s sci-fi horror short film offers a much creepier take on the suit’s fate.

Burberry: Open Spaces

Burberry: Open Spaces

Fashion design house Burberry celebrates its love of the outdoors, discovering new places, and its FW21 collection with a wild and inventive short film. Using a mix of live-action and VFX trickery, the film places its performers in a surreal world where they can fly through the air like skydivers, but without jumping out of an airplane.

Dead Meat

Dead Meat

Animation student Adnan Peer Mohamed wanted to make something that would make his audience giggle. We think he succeeded with this short film about a goofy-looking seagull desperate for a snack. When it comes across a hot dog on the ground, things don’t turn out quite as expected.

How It Feels to Be Hungover

How It Feels to Be Hungover

Anyone who’s woken up bleary-eyed after a night out partying will appreciate this comedic short film by Viktor Hertz. Instead of just stumbling his way back to his bed to sleep it off, our protagonist wakes up in a special hangover clinic for evaluation. We can totally relate to that 12 cheeseburgers thing. Turn subtitles on.

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Anywhere Can Happen

Anywhere Can Happen

Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films is a master at manipulating reality. Anywhere Can Happen is a series of his vignettes in which vehicles, people, animals, and locations surprise and delight. Reuben and the Dark x AG’s cover of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World perfectly underscores the imagery.

Visit Convergence Station

Visit Convergence Station

Could you use a vacation? Perhaps a trip to Convergence Station is in order. But when we say “a trip” we mean, like on acid. Andreas Nilsson’s short starts out as a retro travel promo but quickly descends into madness as its true destination is revealed. All aboard!

The King’s Castle of Iron

The King’s Castle of Iron

Santos “Frenchie” Ramos opened his Williamsburg, Brooklyn gym in 1976, and continued to work tirelessly for more than 43 years to keep his dream alive. This short documentary by Mark Cersosimo and Aissa Claveria paints an endearing portrait of the Brooklyn legend and the mark he left on his community.

Snack Attack

Snack Attack

After a little old lady buys some cookies to snack on at the train station, she finds herself the victim of a snack thief when she sits next to him on a bench. Eduardo Verastegui’s lighthearted animated short film reminds us that not everything is as it may appear at first.

Mac Miller: Colors and Shapes

Mac Miller: Colors and Shapes

Filmmaker Sam Mason and a talented team of collaborators created this visually spectacular and emotive animated music video for the late Mac Miller’s 2014 collab with Thundercat, Colors and Shapes. The video follows Miller’s dog Ralph as heads on a metaphorical journey through a world filled with characters inspired by the song.

Roy

Roy

Joseph Fifelski’s science fiction short film tells the story of a mechanic and a humanoid robot who arrives at his barn in search of a fix before she is shut down permanently. While Roy certainly owes a debt to Blade Runner, it also stands on its own as a story about compassion in the face of despair.

Blindsight

Blindsight

Danil Krivoruchko and a group of talented artists around the world collaborated on this fantastic fan film inspired by Peter Watts’ science fiction novel of the same name. It tells just a sliver of the original story from the perspective of a man waking up from cryosleep, as he recalls a first-contact mission with an alien species.

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100 Years of Work in Japan

100 Years of Work in Japan

Motocross Saito created this captivating pixel art short that showcases how work culture has evolved since the 1920s in Japan. From the days when workers crowded into cramped offices, to 1980s workaholism, to the modern work-from-home era, the Japanese work ethic has remained one of the strongest on Earth.

Every Sport a Bowling Ball

Every Sport a Bowling Ball

Writer-director Sam H. Buchanan’s amusing short film imagines what it would be like if sports like golf, tennis, and billiards were played with a bowling ball instead of their normal game balls. Naturally, the added weight and mass make things a little more difficult, though it could make ice hockey even more exciting.

Irradiation

Irradiation

A group of soldiers escorts a scientist to a mysterious anomaly when he starts to experience a strange sensation. But are the terrors he sees and hears real or imagined? Writer-director Sava Zivkovic’s short science fiction film leaves us asking many questions with its unsettling vibe from start to finish.

Alone.

Alone.

3D artist and motion designer Matthieu Braccini has been working in his spare time on a science fiction short film about a humanoid alone in space. He hasn’t had time to finish it, so in the meantime, he shared this short sequence that reveals the main character coming to life from a sea of seemingly random shapes.

p e r m u t a t i o n . c i t y

p e r m u t a t i o n . c i t y

This experimental short film used artificial intelligence technology to stitch together action footage by the STORROR parkour team. The custom-written software identified similarities in their maneuvers and body positions, then manipulated and overlayed the imagery from various locations they’ve visited around the world.

Night Watch

Night Watch

Spend an evening among the animals through this series of short but impactful vignettes. Scott Wenner’s animated short film does a wonderful job creating a mood and sense of time and place through its sepia-tone color palette and silhouetted imagery.

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