THE BEST Short Films

Dog vs. Chocolate

Dog vs. Chocolate

So it’s common knowledge that dogs aren’t supposed to eat chocolate. But the guy in Alex Grigg’s animated short gives into his pup’s demands, and the consequences are far greater than anyone could have expected. A silly entry into Loopdeloop’s dog-themed contest.

Making Mexican Glazed Pottery

Making Mexican Glazed Pottery

A look at how raw clay is pulled from the earth and transformed by hand into beautiful and intricate sculptures by artisans in Michoacan, Mexico. It’s a wonderful, all too brief look into artistic traditions from Mariano Rentería’s fantastic Mexican Handcraft Masters series.

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Animator vs. Animation: The Virus Ep.1

Animator vs. Animation: The Virus Ep.1

Alan Becker, the man behind the epic Animator vs. Animation series is back. This time out, his stick figures decide to help out with his animation project, and digital chaos ensues when a virus invades the system. We’re looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Big Noise

Big Noise

Created by nine different animators over the course of a year, each tackling 32 seconds (8 bars) of a song before passing it on for the next artist to continue the story, Lucinate’s title track Big Noise is an awesome collaboration. It’s noir in your eyes and dreamy jazz in your ears.

Melt Down

Melt Down

A boy without a body is sent on an errand. As he goes out, he meets adults who are literally melting down from stress, even if their problems are only about the little things. Amy J. Xu’s surreal animated short is a fun reminder for us to calm down and let go.

Dave Grohl: Play

Dave Grohl: Play

(PG-13: Language) Dave Grohl may be a veteran at his craft, but he still recognizes that he can always improve. That’s what he celebrates in Play, which culminates – at 8:16 in the video – in a 23-minute performance in which he performs all of the instruments.

Must Kill Karl

Must Kill Karl

(Mature Content) Karl is that guy. That friend whom you barely even consider as a friend anymore because he can’t take a hint. Karl’s friends had enough and decided maybe this guy needs to leave Earth. Will they go through with the plan? Find out in this silly short film.

L’Aviatrice

L’Aviatrice

A beautifully illustrated and fantastically well-lit animated CGI short which envisions the thoughts of Jacqueline Auriol, a French aviator who famously broke air speed records back in the ’50s and ’60s. Created by students of the ESMA CG Animation & FX Master Degree.

OCTANE

OCTANE

(PG-13) Animator Jeron Braxton has a truly unique style that combines dreamlike imagery, with elements from pop culture and folk art, laced with intense socio-political commentary. In this trippy clip, a man starts off in a car race that ends up being a race for his life.

DIY – Volume One

DIY – Volume One

Encyclopedia Pictura’s series of vignettes about a group of young friends is wildly inventive, from its adorable environments, to its character design, to its lighthearted story and dialogue, to its great voice acting. Animation junkies will definitely want to check this out.

Leatherman: Made of Mettle

Leatherman: Made of Mettle

“This idea would prove more complicated than I initially imagined.” This documentary about  founder Tim Leatherman looks at the inspiration behind the first Leatherman tool, Tim’s years of experimentation, failure, and rejection, and testimonials from satisfied Leatherman owners.

Uncharted (Fan Film)

Uncharted (Fan Film)

(PG-13: Language) “Just like old times.” Nate and Sully pull off a risky double heist in the name of – what else? – treasure. Nathan Fillion stars as Uncharted‘s hero in this fun short film with all the trademarks of the video game series, including Nate’s godly luck.

Whisper

Whisper

Has your Alexa-enabled device ever started spontaneously responding to something you know you didn’t say? In this short horror film by Julian Terry, Amazon’s digital assistant really does seem to be hearing things – and they’re not good.

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Contact

Contact

In animator Katy Wang’s Kingston University graduation film, a lonely and stranded astronaut sends a message into space in hopes of making a connection. Incredibly, his message reaches a kindred spirit, and he sets off in hopes of face-to-face contact.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Filmmaker Fergal Costello had a couple of days to kill when he was off from work, and decided to use the time to shoot a short sci-fi comedy in his uncle’s garage. The result is a clever and amusing clip about a man who can’t be bothered to heed a simple warning label.

The Strange Ones

The Strange Ones

(Mature theme) Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein have woven a creepy tale about a man and a boy, traveling to parts unknown, who stop to find relief in a motel swimming pool. All may seem fine on the outside, but the truth is far from okay.

The Mayor of Ballarat

The Mayor of Ballarat

“The schoolhouse fell down last year, so we don’t have to worry about that anymore.” No truer words were spoken than those of Rock Novak – the caretaker, mayor and only resident of Ballarat, a stark ghost town in California.

Big Elvis

Big Elvis

Director Paul Stone’s wonderfully-narrated and sharply-edited documentary tells the story of a Pete Vallee, a rotund Elvis impersonator who is convinced that he’s actually the love child of the real Elvis Presley – and judging by his vocal talents, he might be onto something.

Anatomy of Goth

Anatomy of Goth

Filmmakers Jordan Hemingway and Alban Adam present an appropriately gritty look at some of the subcultures described as “goth.” The series of vignettes features interviews and imagery of individuals who live on the fringe of what might be considered “normal” in society.

Painting with Joan

Painting with Joan

(PG-13) It takes a moment to build, but Jack Henry Robbins‘ sketch eventually goes way off the rails, as Reno 911’s Kerry Kenney gets good and weird as a public television painting instructor. Want more retro craziness? Support the VHYes! project on Kickstarter.

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States of Matter

States of Matter

Motion designer Peter Tomaszewicz’s animated short film messes with our expectations, transforming what should be solid surfaces into sand, fluids, fabrics, gas, and bendy materials using CGI physics simulations.

The Prevailing Winds

The Prevailing Winds

Adam Butcher proffers up a hefty amount of dread and silence in The Prevailing Winds – a tale of a lone hiker searching for her sister in an isolated area where a deadly wind-borne toxin threatens with the slightest shift of air.

Fish with Legs

Fish with Legs

A school of fish wakes up one morning to find that they have all grown legs. The village leader thinks it’s a curse from god, but Charlie tries to sway his peers with logic and science. Dave Carter’s silly short film is a twisted take on evolution.

Lattice

Lattice

Filmmaker Maria Constanza Ferreira explores the incredibly ethereal and colorful organic patterns that reveal themselves when viewing the microscopic structures of sugar crystals under polarized light.

Mythos

Mythos

Stephen Kelleher’s, Chris Guyot, and John Poon’s animated short film attempts to communicate the morals of several classic Greek myths in the most minimal way possible, using the interactions between simple objects to express their primary meaning.

Medieval Martha Stewart

Medieval Martha Stewart

“I have weapons everywhere, so my guests feel comfortable that they’re always armed.” Josh Brock has a very dark sense of humor and the aesthetic to go with. He’s spent decades outfitting his home with fierce weaponry, armor, and decor, much of which he made himself.

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