THE BEST Short Films

Best Friend

Best Friend

(PG-13: Language) In the not-too-distant-future, a lonely man finds himself addicted to an implantable product that allows him to have the constant companionship of a group of virtual friends. A creepy Black Mirror-esque tale from students at animation school Gobelins.

Dinner for Few

Dinner for Few

(Gore) In Nassos Vakalis’ not so subtle animated short film, a group of insatiable pigs are fed a feast out of a machine that turns anything into food. Surrounding them are cats that fight for scraps. But what happens when the food runs out?

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Scrambled

Scrambled

A distracted young woman is running late for her train, when she stumbles onto a Rubik’s cube that’s been discarded by the tracks. But this is no ordinary puzzle – it seeks her help to find its own solution, and perhaps bring meaning to its life.

Koji

Koji

A boy with lightning powers and his ice cat best friend have adventures on an alien planet. Koji is a proof-of-concept short film made by Studio Mir, the animation company behind Netflix’s Voltron, The Legend of Korra, The Boondocks and more.

Welcome to Bushwick

Welcome to Bushwick

Evan and Marceline have had a great evening so far. The thing is, Evan hasn’t had any in a while so he’s nervous about how he will perform, should it go there. Turns out he was right to be scared… just for the wrong reasons. Henry Jinings’ short film is quite the ride.

Overwatch: Reunion

Overwatch: Reunion

It’s high noon. Overwatch‘s sharpshooting bounty hunter gets his time to shine in Blizzard’s latest animated short film. He cases a train heist, hoping to retrieve a special crate inside. But someone got there first, and it’s an old friend of his.

The Loaf Zone

The Loaf Zone

(PG-13: Language) Welcome to Loaftown, an unusual place where generally absurd stuff happens all day long. If you like asdfmovie’s sense of humor, we think you’ll enjoy Christopher Rutledge’s animated short too. Kids, be sure to check out The Fun Zone!

End Times

End Times

(PG-13) A man stumbles onto a sick and dying squirrel during a walk in the park, and can’t decide what to do. Writer/director/editor Bobby Miller’s darkly comic short film reminds us that every living thing deserves love and compassion.

Paul Is Dead

Paul Is Dead

(PG-13: Language) The Beatles frontman Paul McCartney was rumored to have died back in the late 1960s. Director George Moore’s short film brings to life an alternative version of the myth – that he perished on a drug trip, and was replaced with a double by his bandmates.

Wooden Child

Wooden Child

While driving home to visit his daughter, a man tragically hits another child on a dark country road. Animator Joe Loftus’ highly atmospheric animated short chilled us to the bone with its stark imagery and incredible sound design.

Mister Biscuits

Mister Biscuits

A man offers to house sit for a friend, but when he shows up he finds out he’s expected to take care of her pet as well. But Mister Biscuits isn’t exactly your everyday domesticated animal. Tom Levinge’s amusing short film is a real charmer.

Ride a Bike

Ride a Bike

Between traffic, pollution, and the cost of owning a car, riding a bike is often a better way to get around. Oscar Boyson and Erin DeWitt created this lighthearted short using scenes from movies to dissuade us from driving cars, and instead to get out and start pedaling.

One Small Step

One Small Step

Directors Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas of TAIKO Studios present a heartfelt and beautifully animated short film about the trials and tribulations of a girl who hopes to grow up one day to become an astronaut.

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Humankind

Humankind

“Imagine a world with no language, only feeling. Who then would be the most different?” Dan Mace collaborated with 100 filmmakers, each from a different country, to make this beautiful short film about connecting to each other.

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Audio-visual artist Conner Griffith presents a triptastic experimental short film which bends time and space much in the way that a Christopher Nolan film might. We kept expecting the little twins from The Shining to turn up in that long hallway.

Making Bonsai Scissors

Making Bonsai Scissors

Great Big Story’s short profile of master blacksmith Yasuhiro Hirakawa, “the only traditional scissor maker left in Japan.” It takes him one week – working 10 hours a day – to make his bonsai scissors, which can sell for as much as $32,000.

Chasing Lights in the Himalayas

Chasing Lights in the Himalayas

While fillmakers Robin Pogorzelski and Simon Bourrat were in Nepal working on the documentary Everest Green, they shot this short film, which is packed with beautifully lit and composed vignettes, each of which could be a still photograph hanging on a gallery wall.

Red Light

Red Light

(PG-13: Language) A woman finds herself stuck at a red light that never seems to want to change in this surprisingly tense and emotive short by writer/director/editor Sam Benenati. It’s a fantastic example of how less can sometimes be more in filmmaking.

Enough

Enough

Have you ever had the urge to touch a fire, just to see how it would feel? How about slapping the heck out of a noisy commuter? Film student Anna Mantzaris gives life to those and more sociopathic urges in this darkly comic animated short. Bill Burr would love this.

A Worthy Man

A Worthy Man

(PG-13: Language) Erik works at a bakery during the nighttime. What little time he spends with his family are awkward, if they notice him at all. His only source of joy is a late-night radio joke show. Kristian Håskjold’s short film is a heartbreaking look at depression.

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Captain 3D

Captain 3D

A comic book superhero springs to life from the flat pages of his book when he sees a damsel in distress (and popping out of dis dress) in this lighthearted, wonderfully-animated stop-motion short film by director Victor Haegelin.

The Very Near Future

The Very Near Future

(PG-13: Language) In Sebastian Egert’s sci-fi/comedy short, a man attempts to order a pizza that goes outside of the boundaries of the actuarially-predetermined corporate constructs of the future. The most disturbing thing about his dystopian world? Mayonnaise on a pizza.

Neutral (Short Film)

Neutral (Short Film)

Nathan Barnatt is best known for his goofy characters, dance moves, and commercials. Now he’s completed a 22-minute labor of love about the tenuous relationship between a bail bondsman and a criminal. If it looks familiar, that’s because it expands on this music video.

TK630

TK630

Star Wars fan Brendan H. Banks and his friends created this well-paced short film about an Imperial scout trooper who finds himself lost on a forest planet where he ends up making an unlikely new friend. We’re surprised he didn’t run into any Ewoks out there.

Koho: Dream Thieves

Koho: Dream Thieves

Director Fleur Fortuné’s short sci-fi film feels more like an episode of Black Mirror than an ad for a personal investment app, but that’s exactly what it is – a sophisticated promotional spot for KOHO that envisions a future where big money banks steal our dreams – literally.

Overwatch: Shooting Star

Overwatch: Shooting Star

D.Va is obsessed with defending her hometown from invaders. But she forgets that she’s not the only one who can contribute. Overwatch‘s gamer-turned-mech pilot shines in Blizzard’s exciting animated short film.

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