THE BEST Short Films

A Kings Betrayal

A Kings Betrayal

David Bornstein’s darkly comic short film tells the story of a piñata, as told from its own perspective. The concept of an inanimate object’s existential dread was already done to the Nth degree in Sausage Party, but Bornstein conveys the same with far greater restraint.

Staycation

Staycation

(PG13: Language) Strapped for cash, newlyweds Jill and Peter are determined to make their staycation honeymoon special – by sleeping in a tent in their living room. Needless to say, awkwardness, hilarity and life lessons ensue in Tim Wilkime’s Staycation.

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Stems

Stems

“They’re like little actors who only ever get to play one role…” Ainslie Henderson’s stop-motion short is an exploration of what makes an artist’s mind tick, as he explains his inspiration, and crafts rudimentary, yet highly-expressive characters using found objects.

The Heart of Sky

The Heart of Sky

Mirari & Co.’s short CG animated short takes inspiration from ancient Mayan mythology, but its plot about mysterious aliens invading Earth and creating a race of shape-shifting “mannequins” is 100% science fiction goodness.

Fast and Loose

Fast and Loose

(PG-13) “I’ve been to therapy four times now – I know how to articulate my feelings.” This may be the perfect line from Fast and Loose, a story about a millennial dude who gives and collects unwarranted advice and perpetuates the awkwardness of his intimate relationships.

The Co-Worker

The Co-Worker

(PG-13) Looks like Byron & Dave have hit the nail on the head about some of the people we have known in our past work lives. After watching this dark comedy about socializing outside the office, nothing pleases us more than to be self-employed.

Machin Machine

Machin Machine

Tristan Gion presents a super-short animated film featuring imagery of fantastical flying machines, boats, and other modes of transportation. The illustration is beautiful, but it’s the whimsical ending that really brings it all together.

Deer Flower

Deer Flower

Director Kangmin Kim’s stop-motion short film features some truly unique puppets, but despite its playful character design, this is no lighthearted family fare, as Kim attempts to recount a disturbing childhood rite of passage as a dark and surreal animation.

AMA

AMA

Writer, dancer and director Julie Gaultier gives us an extraordinary gift as she expresses her profound tragedy in the most gentle way in AMA, an interpretive underwater story. It’s almost as if we are holding our breath along with her. Silent and moving. (Thanks, Charles!)

Have Heart

Have Heart

A looping animated gif starts to lose it when he finds himself tired and unhappy with his routine. Will Anderson’s funny and relatable animated short film will make you feel things the next time you watch an animated gif.

ARENA

ARENA

Motion artist Páraic Mc Gloughlin compiled a collection of thousands of satellite images captured by Google Earth, transforming the top-down view of Earth’s landscapes, roads, and structures into a dizzying work of modern art.

Rick and Morty x RTJ: Oh Mama

Rick and Morty x RTJ: Oh Mama

(PG-13: Language) Adult Swim keeps churning out hits. This time Rick and Morty unleash hell on gromflomites in an action-packed and stylish music video for Run the Jewels’ Oh Mama, from the duo’s latest album Run the Jewels 3.

Breathless

Breathless

Oleksii Sobolev’s Breathless tells the tale of a committed synchronized swimmer whose attempts to win the championship and her coach’s heart are flooded with the universal themes of love, jealousy, betrayal and liberation – all underwater. Dreamy and well, fluid.

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Clunk

Clunk

Psst. Do you like geometric minimalism? how about simple sounds? The imaginative Kevin McGloughlin has given us the gift of Clunk – a one-and-a-half minute animated short with three cubes. We dare you to only watch it once.

Glenda (Episode 3)

Glenda (Episode 3)

The latest episode of Glenda, the Classiest Galaxy Tourist has sick rotoscoping. The live action scenes are from the B movie The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. The violence is still from Someone’s Ex’s soul. If the ending left you confused, watch Episode 2 again.

Mountain Fever

Mountain Fever

A mountain climber is panicking. He woke up in the middle of the night unable to find his tentmate. And all their rope. He goes to wake up the other climbers. Kabakon Film’s hilariously tense comedy makes good use of props.

VIA

VIA

Artist Izzy Burton’s short film follows one man’s journey through life using a series of beautiful environments and charming character animations. Rather than focus on details, it boils down its storytelling to some of the universal experiences we all share. Making of here.

The Kiosk

The Kiosk

Zurich-Based illustrator Anete Melece’s The Kiosk presents the charming tale of Olga, a large lady who makes the newsstand her home, until an absurd incident takes her on a fantastic voyage. Charming, kooky and colorful.

The Hungry Corpse

The Hungry Corpse

Director Gergely Wootsch’s award winning 2013 animated short is finally available online. The atmospheric black and white film tells the story of a hungry, undead man befriended by a pigeon in London’s Trafalgar Square. Voiced by Bill Nighy and Stephen Mangan.

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

MEL Films traveled to the distant Arctic outpost of Longyearbyen, Norway, the Northernmost city on Earth. It’s known for its natural beauty, and also the notion the area’s thick permafrost layer holds organic matter that could come back to life after it thaws.

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Spoetnik

Spoetnik

(PG-13) “The most beautiful flowers grow on the edge of the ravine.” A young man working at an illegal food truck falls for a girl working at the brothel across their shop. Wes Anderson meets Nicolas Winding Refn in Noël Lozzen’s eye-popping short film.

Bacchus

Bacchus

(PG-13) A working woman trapped in the daily grind gets a much needed respite. She gets invited to a party that makes Burning Man look like a trip to the library. A refreshing, beautifully animated feel-good short from a group of students at The Animation Workshop.

It Began Without Warning

It Began Without Warning

(Gore) Jessica Curtright and Santiago C. Tapia created this tense and brutal short horror film which starts out looking like a home invasion gone wrong, but quickly reveals itself to be something even darker and more insidious.

FTL

FTL

Director Adam Stern and Artifex Studios present a well-executed science fiction short film about an astronaut who tests out the very first faster-than-light spacecraft, but far exceeds the mission’s intended destination after a system malfunction.

Yearbook

Yearbook

Living with a dark secret, a man is assigned the task of cataloging the most important people in history, but his hard drive runs out of room and he must start making cuts. We’re not sure how we missed Bernardo Britto’s 2014 short film before now, but it’s too good not to share.

How Are You Today?

How Are You Today?

(Mature themes) Sophie Markatatos expounds on universal themes of isolation and despair while offering glimpses of fleeting contentment when two random characters meet, in her colorfully animated short film How Are You Today?. Life is short folks – make it nice.

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