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Awesome Short Films

The Voice in the Hollow

The Voice in the Hollow

Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma’s animated short is one of the most artful things we’ve seen rendered in Unreal Engine 5, and its production design and storytelling are top-notch. It chronicles two sisters, and the evil one of them unleashes when jealousy takes over. Their behind-the-scenes series delves deep into the filmmaking process.

Chemical Somnia

Chemical Somnia

Filmmaker Scott Portingale and composer Gorkem Sen created this engrossing short film using macro and time-lapse photography to explore how fluids move, and chemicals react and change states. Each of its vignettes feels like a journey to a strange new world. Gorkem’s yaybahar perfectly complements the footage.

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Snookie: A Science Fiction Short Film

Snookie: A Science Fiction Short Film

(PG-13: Language) This science fiction short from filmmaker James Parris starts out with a man having a mid-life meltdown, leading to an argument with his girlfriend. But as the Black Mirror-esque story advances, we learn not all is what it seems between the woman and her troubled companion. (Thanks, Rob!)

HOT FUTURE

HOT FUTURE

(PG-13: Gore) A thousand years from now, civilization has fallen, and chaos rules the wasteland. Fortunately, there’s one way out of the HOT FUTURE – epic dance moves. This bonkers 3-part animated series comes to us courtesy of Mike Anderson and Ryan Dickie for Adult Swim SMALLS.

Spider-Man: Everyone’s Home

Spider-Man: Everyone’s Home

With the help of AI image generation tech, Corridor created this short fan film in the style of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The crossover imagines that The Avengers (and a whole lot of Spider-Men variants) found their way into the Spider-Verse as a result of the events of Doctor Strange’s actions. Go behind the scenes here.

The Final Send

The Final Send

Vet-owned Black Rifle Coffee Company celebrates Veteran’s Day with a stunt driving film starring sports icon Travis Pastrana and elite rally car and off-road racer “Texas” Dave Carapetyan. “The Final Send” shows ‘em shredding the streets of a small Texas town, Dukes of Hazzard-style in customized Hoonigan vehicles.

Wrought: A Decomposition Time-Lapse Film

Wrought: A Decomposition Time-Lapse Film

(Flashing lights) This fascinating short film from Joel Penner and Anna Sigrithur uses time-lapse footage to reveal how tiny organisms spoil food, others that make it tastier through fermentation, and yet more that compost and break down dead things to fertilize the Earth for new life.

Open Eyes

Open Eyes

Artist Jake Fried’s latest animated short film takes us on an abstract journey through life and the universe as witnessed in the reflections of our eyes. As is the case with most of Jake’s works, he hand-illustrated each frame using ink and white-out. We can’t imagine how long this took to create.

Racing Through the Streets of Paris

Racing Through the Streets of Paris

C’était Un Rendez-vous is a 1976 film by Claude Lelouch, described as the world’s first underground racing video. Captured while much of Paris was asleep or on vacation, the film puts us in the driver’s seat of a Ferrari as it speeds through the iconic streets of Paris, blowing through 18 red lights along the way. (Thanks, Marc!)

A Brief Disagreement

A Brief Disagreement

Filmmaker Steve Cutts animated short film explores one thing that’s been consistent throughout our existence – the need to have what others don’t – and the willingness to fight each other for it. It’s a grim, dark comedy that reminds us of moments from two Kubrick films: 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove.

Burder

Burder

While keeping an eye out on a neighborhood tree, a birdwatcher witnesses one bird murdering another. After realizing what he has seen, the bird tries to protect its secret. Charlie Hankin wrote, directed, and animated this darkly comic short film that sort of combines Hitchcock’s Rear Window and The Birds.

Laboratory Conditions

Laboratory Conditions

Marisa Tomei, Minnie Driver, and Paulo Costanzo star in this unsettling short film about a body that goes missing from a hospital. When the patient’s doctor goes looking, she stumbles onto an experiment that attempts to capture what happens to our souls when we die. Written by Terry Rossio and directed by Jocelyn Stamat.

Chicken of the Dead

Chicken of the Dead

(PG-13: Gore/Language) Julien David’s hilariously warped animated short tells the tale of the greedy CEO of a company that produces a half-organic/half-chemical chicken. But after introducing a new variant of his Frankensteined-together “Maybe Chicken” at a party, things go horribly awry.

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The Rise of C

The Rise of C

Filmmaker Thomas Blanchard is back with another experimental film of fluids interacting. He created the hypnotic scenes by mixing paint, oil, and liquid soap, swirled together in a circular motion. The crisp and colorful macro footage is accompanied by a smooth an ethereal soundtrack by Alexis Dehimi.

Moomin

Moomin

Filmmaker Zach Dorn’s short film recounts his attempts to fulfill a promise to win a plush toy for his ex-girlfriend. It’s a bittersweet and relatable tale about long-distance love in the time of COVID, told in a smartphone-friendly vertical format. How many of you are installing Clawee now?

Hairy Pouter

Hairy Pouter

After 98-year-old Lillian read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, filmmaker and creative director Chris Carboni interviewed her to ask some questions about the book. He then used interpretive AI technology to create images to accompany Lillian’s amusing and endearing descriptions of the story and its characters.

Widdershins

Widdershins

This animated short by Simon Biggs follows the story of a pampered gentleman who has grown overly reliant on his machines. But when he ignores his robot butler’s advice and starts dating a free-spirited woman, all hell breaks loose in his once neat and tidy life.

Sunbelly

Sunbelly

This surreal and imaginative animated fantasy follows the story of an astronaut dog sent into space to investigate a seemingly dead planet. But when she arrives, she has a revealing encounter about her species’ past that could change their future forever. Written, directed, and animated by Jordan Speer.

Ghosts: An AI-Generated Experimental Short Film

Ghosts: An AI-Generated Experimental Short Film

Art meets science in Vadim Epstein’s trippy digital compositions. Ghosts is an experimental short film that explores complexity emergence from AI feedback loops. It makes use of the StarGAN2 neural network to morph between machine-generated images. Sound by Alexander Kopeikin and Fractal Heads.

The Real Santa

The Real Santa

It’s August and triple-digit temperatures outside for some of us, so the idea of watching a Christmas-themed short film seems a little premature. But we couldn’t resist sharing this charming holiday animation about a boy with very special powers. Directed by Philippe Tempelman for the a German supermarket chain Netto.

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A Double Life

A Double Life

(NSFW) This darkly humorous animated short follows a husband and wife whose relationship takes a turn when one of them starts to question their place in the world. In less than three minutes, it takes on the topics of gender conformity, toxic masculinity, and infidelity. From the Emmy award-winning trio Job, Joris & Marieke.

The Drink

The Drink

William Landgren might only be 15 years old, but he’s already an accomplished digital artist. He created this 100% CGI short film about a robot desperate for a drink using Blender, After Effects, Marvelous Designer, and Davinci Resolve. We love the mood he created with the grain and lighting. (Thanks, Rob!)

The Opposite of Death

The Opposite of Death

The 1 is a bespoke electric motorcycle. Built from the ground up – and looking like nothing that’s come before – the visionary design is a revolutionary direction for the legacy Curtiss Motorcycle Company. The short fil The Opposite of Death documents the $83,333+ dream machine’s birth, giving us lots to drool over.

Lost in Motions

Lost in Motions

Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films wows us with another amazing short film. The stop-motion clip was made by capturing live breakdance footage, mapping the frames into outlines, laser cutting each from wood, then layering the 800+ pieces to create a motion effect.

HOME!

HOME!

This short science fiction film from anime director Akihiko Orikasa follows the story of an astronaut exploring the surface of Mars who stumbles onto the wreckage of a long-lost commercial vessel. While searching the site for survivors, he encounters something unexpected. Will he let his fears get the best of him?

Crashing

Crashing

When you feel burnt out, it’s a good plan to take time for yourself. But taking a break sometimes causes everything to come crashing down. Maggie Mae Fish’s relatable short film about living with ADHD explores some of the feelings you might experience when you emerge from your everyday distractions. (Thanks, Rob!)

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