THE BEST Short Films

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(PG-13: Butts) A woman creates a fantastic new invention – a machine that can see the future – but it has some limitations, like it can only jump forward 15 seconds. Jimmy Marble’s quirky short film is packed with laughs, and offers a fresh take on the time travel genre.

Whack World

Whack World

(PG-13: Language) Filmmakers Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Léger take us on a wild ride through the disjointed mind of rapper Tierra Whack, playing out as 15 one-minute mini movies, each shot on a different set. The scenes are loaded with style, humor, and attitude.

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Metallurgist

Metallurgist

“The safety rules at our work are written by our blood.” Gornovoy works in cast-iron smelting. Here’s what it’s like at his job. Director Evgenii Bakirov doesn’t teach us much about Gornovoy’s profession, but he does a great job of showing the danger involved in it.

Darrel

Darrel

A chameleon spies his crush while waiting for the subway, and aims to impress her with a gift. But Darrel doesn’t exactly have the best of luck in this amusing and award-winning animated short film out of Spain, directed by Marc Briones and Alan Carabantes.

The Lions of Chinatown

The Lions of Chinatown

Chinese lion dancing is a beautiful and vibrant artform that has gradually been fading from existence. In this wonderful documentary by Law Chen, we meet Sara Lai, a dancer who has trained to become the head of the lion in the traditionally male-dominated performance.

Penrose

Penrose

A hiker discovers that her world is far more limiting than she thought it was, and finds herself stuck in quite the predicament. Animator Kris Stanton’s short film is proof that a simple premise can make for great storytelling. One of CalArts’ 2018 character animation student films.

H E L I O S

H E L I O S

Filmmaker Nicolas Arnold used in-camera visual effects to envision what the uncharted outer reaches of space might look like, using liquids and chemicals to approximate the gasses and other matter that make up the universe.

A Long Way from Home

A Long Way from Home

(PG-13: Language, Gore) A stranger finds himself in a Wild West saloon, and has a run-in with a local who doesn’t understand who he’s messing with. What School of Visual Arts students Andy Tai and Eduardo Enriquez’s animated short lacks in depth, it makes up for in style.

TANK

TANK

Fighter pilots take on a mobile weapon of mass destruction. Filmmaker and Red Giant Chief Creative Officer Stu Maschwitz was inspired by ’80s vector games like Battlezone and Star Wars in making this short film. Animators should check out his making-of video.

Thought Diary

Thought Diary

(PG:13) If you aren’t distracted by your own tech, deep contemplation and social media, take three minutes and laugh out loud at the charming and squirrely mind of Daniel Koren, as he chronicles his random thoughts in this short vid. Come on, we’ve all been there.

Ultra Man

Ultra Man

(PG-13: Language) Ultramarathon is one of the world’s most punishing sports. Ultramarathoner Robbie Britton – who moved to Chamonix, France from London for further training – shares what makes him tick in GoshDamn’s beautiful short film.

The Pits

The Pits

Writer, editor, and puppeteer David Bizzaro presents a charming and family-friendly live-action short film about an avocado who finds himself feeling empty, and heads out on a quest through New York City in search of his missing better half.

Homing In

Homing In

“Is it you?” Expecting that it would be her husband, a housewife is surprised to see a stranger, who is equally perplexed at the situation. Parker Hill’s beautiful and tense short film was inspired by an anecdote from her grandmother’s youth.

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Aperture

Aperture

(Flashing Images) Filmmaker Emanuele Kabu created this frenetic short film to document his bittersweet relationship with his hometown. The abstract imagery captures the essence of the place and his feelings about the small Northern Italian town of Belluno.

AWAKEN AKIRA

AWAKEN AKIRA

Ash Thorp and XiaoLin “Zaoeyo” Zeng are huge fans of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic anime, AKIRA, so they did what any superfans with the time and artistic talent would do, they created an eye-popping animated tribute to the film. It’s way too short, but still amazing.

Sun Moon London

Sun Moon London

Photographers are always looking for the perfect light, and we think that Luke Miller found it when he shot his short film of the sun and the harvest moon on 10/5/2017 and the supermoon on 1/1/2018 around London, England. That orange light is spectacular.

NONE

NONE

Ash Thorp and Christopher Bjerre’s animated short film is light on plot by heavy on style and visual impact. The 2-1/2 minute film is about “finding yourself amidst the noise around you.” Best watched fullscreen, and with headphones.

A Garbage Story

A Garbage Story

Part trash man, part historian, Nick DiMola has spent the last 30 years sifting through deceased people’s belongings. Through his labor of love he has collected a museum’s worth of old and rare items, to create an intriguing, ongoing tapestry of history.

Commodity City

Commodity City

Jessica Kingdon’s award-winning short film gives us a glimpse at the lives of the vendors and shop owners at China’s Yiwu Market, the world’s largest wholesale consumer goods mall. The mall has five floors and is nearly 5 miles long.

Running Lights

Running Lights

Enter a richly textured and beautifully lit world in Ged Sia and Pet Punk’s animated short film about two children and their first exposure to death, after they find a deceased rabbit by the side of the road. Despite the dark subject matter, there’s a sense of wonder about it.

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Overwatch vs. Team Fortress 2

Overwatch vs. Team Fortress 2

Overwatch’s heroes and villains find themselves fighting against the hat-wearing hooligans of Team Fortress 2 in The Winglet’s Source Filmmaker machinima short film. Tracer vs. the Scout! Widowmaker vs. The Sniper! The Spy vs. Everyone! Who will win?

EPOCH

EPOCH

Feeling moody? Rich Lee’s EPOCH tells a dark and desolate tale of a lone woman attempting to survive in an apocalyptic world. It’s a well crafted story, and with a DIY approach to the project, it offers great a tribute and love to the passion of filmmaking.

Green Screen Gringo

Green Screen Gringo

Director Douwe Dijkstra presents a transportive short film in which a man travels the streets and beaches of Brazil carrying a portable green screen. After capturing the vignettes of modern life, he replaced the contents of the screen with other scenes from around the country.

Looking for Something

Looking for Something

A man finds himself pondering the strange and surreal developments that happen in his mind’s eye while he dozes off at his desk at work in this colorful and inventive animated short film by César Pelizer.

Agent Gunn: Vulkanite

Agent Gunn: Vulkanite

A secret agent must navigate his way through an evil villains lair to save the world from destruction in this fabulously well-executed bit of machinima created using Source Filmmaker by a team of dedicated fans. Picked as Overall Winner in Steam’s 7th Annual Saxxy Awards.

Super Villain Bowl

Super Villain Bowl

Bad guys super-powered and otherwise hit the arena in ArtSpear Entertainment’s latest crossover animation. Can Agent Smith outrace Enchantress in converting everyone? Is Thanos overpowered? Will Darth Vader approve of Kylo Ren? All that and more in this silly short film.

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