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Awesome Short Films

An Alchemist’s Confession

An Alchemist’s Confession

This animation features a monologue by a monster who was once an alchemist, expressing regrets after attaining the power he sought. Cory Williams of Daydream Studios wrote and directed the short film using Unreal Engine 5 and assets from the Unreal Marketplace. We love the design of Dary Palasky’s creature, Wasserman. (Thanks, Rob!)

Woodworking without Tools (Again)

Woodworking without Tools (Again)

After creating their Woodworking without Tools video, animator Omozoc was approached by Casio to create a similar short film for them. While the clip is ultimately a promo to celebrate 40 years of G-SHOCK watches, it’s also a wonderfully-executed example of stop-motion animation and smart product placement.

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Night of the Living Dread

Night of the Living Dread

(PG-13: Animated Nudity) After a power outage awakens a woman, she has trouble getting back to sleep, and ghosts of her past start to appear around her. Ida Melum’s award-winning animated short film explores the lasting impressions that negative experiences can have on one’s psyche, and how we ultimately need to embrace them as part of us.

Fun Factory

Fun Factory

While waiting for their kids at a play place, a couple overhears an argument between two customers and a concession stand worker. Rather than minding their own business, they attempt to help and make things worse for themselves. Even Hafnor and Lisa Brooke Hansen’s award-winning short film is an amusing portrait of relationships and communication.

Flower Found

Flower Found

After a rat’s prized flower goes missing, his fellow woodland creatures join him on a hunt for the thief. But a case of mistaken identity leads to tragic consequences and proves the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Jorn Leeuwerink award-winning animated short film won numerous awards since its debut in 2017, but this is the first time we’ve seen it.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (Trailer)

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (Trailer)

Hot on the heels of Asteroid City, Wes Anderson is back with a 39-minute short film based on a Roald Dahl story. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar follows a wealthy man (Benedict Cumberbatch) who masters a unique skill after hearing about a guru who can see without using his eyes. Coming to Netflix 9.27.2023.

Wing It!: A Blender Open Movie

Wing It!: A Blender Open Movie

Blender Studio shows off more of what’s possible with their CG software with a slapstick animated short film. Combining 2D and 3D techniques, Rik Schutte’s Wing It! introduces us to a brilliant inventor (who happens to be a cat) and the dopey dog who might ruin his hard work. As a Blender Open Movie, you can download the production assets used to create the film.

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Buzzkill

Buzzkill

Peter Ahern’s short film Buzzkill is an animated horror-comedy that starts as a happy little story about a new couple about to enjoy their first kiss. And we emphasize the “about to” because it’s just not going to happen. You see, neither of our protagonists is what they seem, and one of them is about to meet an untimely demise.

M*therfucker

M*therfucker

(PG-13: Language) Adam Long and Adam Peterson’s warped short film drops us into a conversation between two buddies. But what starts out as an attempt to cheer up a depressed friend takes a wild turn that reveals a disturbing family secret and a critical mission to prevent the universe from ripping itself apart.

Everything Is Connected in the Universe

Everything Is Connected in the Universe

(Flashing images) Filmmaker Conner Griffith created this riveting short video from public domain images found on Wikimedia Commons. It starts with a single-cell organism, and as each frame advances, the subjects evolve into larger and increasingly complex things. Conner’s 2023 showreel is also well worth a watch.

Grands Canons: An Animated Short Film

Grands Canons: An Animated Short Film

Artist Alain Biet created this mindblowing short film, which starts out with an artist painting an image of a pencil. As soon as he’s done with that one, more everyday objects start appearing and accumulating until the frame is completely filled. We can’t imagine how long it took Alain to create all 8,000 watercolor paintings. Music by Yan Volsy + Pablo Pico

Master of Suspense

Master of Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock loved to inject himself into scenes in his movies. In this cleverly edited black-and-white short film from Fabrice Mathieu, he made it look like the Master of Suspense was the one true killer in his films, making Hitch’s cameos much more ominous.

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Solus: A Short Film Made from NASA Footage

Solus: A Short Film Made from NASA Footage

Jonathan Brooks’ science fiction short takes place aboard the International Space Station. When its lone astronaut loses contact with Earth and the station losing altitude, he starts wondering how he will survive and questioning what is real and imagined. Its creators began by searching the NASA Public Archives and wrote a story to match the source footage.

Wienerzilla

Wienerzilla

What starts as an ordinary day in the city quickly descends into pandemonium when a gigantic wiener dog appears and starts crushing, crumbling, and chomping his way through the streets. Does the big dog with the stubby legs mean harm, or does he just want some snacks? Crusoe the Dachshund stars in this silly send-up of monster B-movies.

Animation vs. Math

Animation vs. Math

Alan Becker’s Animation vs. series usually has stick figures battling the animation process or other stick figures. But in this short, our stick figure hero encounters a new challenge – mathematics. Things start with simple addition and subtraction, but the calculations quickly become harder to solve, especially when Euler’s Identity shows up.

Blade Runner 1929

Blade Runner 1929

Views of an AI imagines a film in the Blade Runner universe, but in the style of Fritz Lang, the man behind the 1927 cinematic masterpiece Metropolis. Like Ridley Scott’s original, it follows the story of a man who retires replicants and falls in love with one, then adds a new layer about a rebellion against the ruling class who created these androids.

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