On the surface, Joseph Bennett’s animated short film is just two guys gabbing about nothing while birdwatching. But it turns into a deep existential discussion as the duo starts thinking about their place in the universe and their own mortality. Comedian Joe Pera did a fantastic job with the voice acting too.
Awesome Short Films
Most skateboarders get their start rolling around their neighborhoods, using the sidewalks, streets, curbs, and whatever else they can find in place of half-pipes and vert ramps. Colin Kennedy’s short film pays tribute to skateboarding the suburbs and features cameos by Chad Muska and Rodney Mullen.
This animated short film follows a lonely backpacker as he struggles with changes to his body. As he wanders the world, he encounters a mysterious figure in the walls of a concrete building. An outstanding graduation film by Nicolas Roth, Pirmin Bieri, Luca Struchen, and Aira Joana of the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
Animator and concept artist Euni Cho created this heartfelt and beautifully-illustrated short film about a bunny rabbit living in a city of bears. She keeps to herself and struggles as a street musician until she embraces the strangers around her. The track is Tourniquet by Hem.
Taehoon Park’s awe-inspiring science fiction short film envisions a universe where machines have replaced by humans. A lone character survives by grafting his body with technology and attempts to escape in a human body he cloned. It’s only a tease of a bigger story, and we’d love to see this evolve into a feature film.
Director Pascal Schelbli, VFX Supervisor Marc Angele, and a team of talented CG artists created this short film which imagines what the world might be like if all of the plastics that make their way into the oceans came to life as sea creatures instead of polluting them like they actually do.
Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, Rodrigo Santoro, and Tricia Helfer lent their voices to this animated short film that shines a light on the horrific practice of testing cosmetics on animals. Created for The Humane Society of the United States. Written and directed by Spencer Susser.
This animation follows the story of two people living under the same roof, but one of them is missing their head. When their partner leaves the house to go exploring, the headless one struggles with anxiety about the world they cannot see. We love the minimal line-art style of Ala Nunu Leszynska’s award-winning short film.
(PG-13) With the popularity of murder shows on TV and podcasts, it seems we have quite an obsession with serial killers. David-Jan Bronsgeest and Tim Koomen’s short film follows the tale of a woman who listens to a podcast about a demented murderer who ends up blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
While shining a new customer’s shoes, a young man discovers the person sitting on his shoe shine bench might be the suspect in a horrible crime. But will his discovery lead to his own peril, or will he eliminate the evidence before he’s found out? Kevin Haefelin’s award-winning short comedy is good for a quick laugh.
(PG-13: Language) Meet George. He works at a convenience store. He greets customers all day long, but he has no friends. George’s big problem? He’s a computer. After attempting to understand a human’s sense of humor, George upgrades his firmware, resulting in a malfunction. Matt Vesely’s short sci-fi comedy is well worth a watch.
The Nintendo 64 is known for games like Super Mario 64 and Star Fox 64. But there was another potentially big N64 title that never came out. In this short film from Adam Butcher, he takes a look back at Catastrophe Crow!, a highly-anticipated game that vanished along with its creator under strange circumstances. Or did it?
Social distancing has changed things since Nata Metlukh created her lighthearted animated short film. But we can still relate to its many examples of socially awkward situations that can pop up when the world is functioning normally. We quite enjoyed the quirky illustration style.
(Gore) While camping in the woods, a couple inadvertently leaves their mark in a horrific way. Their crime won’t go unpunished, though, as they also left behind photographic evidence. Nature strikes back with a vengeance in this darkly-comic short film from animation students at Ecole des Nouvelles Images.
The average person blinks roughly 28,800 times per day. You might not think a lot could happen during just a single blink, but that’s not the case. Melodysheep’s short film explains some of the millions and millions of events that happen in the universe in the time it takes to blink. They also made us feel really, really small.
Director André Øvredal (Trollhunter) presents a dark vision of the future, as a family returns from a day at the beach, only to be stuck in a painfully-long traffic jam waiting to enter a tunnel. But we gradually learn the passage serves a terrifying purpose. Based on the 1961 short story The Tunnel Ahead by Alice Glaser.
After leaving his friends for work, a satellite tech becomes bored and shifts his focus to his phone screen. Ironically, his lack of attention results in a catastrophic loss of communication. Benjamin Morard and Frederic Siegel’s short film is less of a cautionary tale about technology, and more a story about friendship.
After being stuck inside for far too long, Fraser Munden and Catherine Dubeau of Thoroughbread Pictures decided to animate some of the visions that isolation and dozing off with the television on has manifested. Despite the product placement, they’re quick to point out that Old Grand-Dad whiskey is not a sponsor.
What if God was an amateur computer programmer, and Earth was just one of the experiments he created using a graphical world-building application? That’s the setup for Magnus Møller, Mette Tange, and Peter Smith’s silly animated short film for Tumblehead. It also explains where that whole flat Earth thing came from.
Anyone who has sat through endless corporate meetings and conference calls can relate to the often uncontrollable desire to yawn. This animated short by Jakob Fløtre Eiring and Konrad Hjemli not only offers a humorous look at this situation but also is almost guaranteed to make you yawn by the end.
After returning from a trip to the moon, an astronaut is disappointed to find that the world has lost interest in her journey. As things progress, her life intersects with a filmmaker and a bear on a unicycle in this charming and touching animated short film by writer/director Mathieu Libman.
Bernardo Britto’s emotionally-satisfying short film follows the story of an ordinary man who is tasked with creating the definitive history of humanity before aliens come to blow up our planet. The animation captured numerous awards when on the festival circuit back in 2014. Now, the clip is for all to view online.
Filmmaker daihei shibata presents a satisfying compilation of images that start out with two polarized objects, then fill in the gradations between them to produce a smooth transition. The video expresses how blurring boundaries can expose complexity, diversity, and richness of information.
A man stumbles onto a YouTube video for a woman who claims she can reconnect him with someone he misses. But when he hits play, he gets more than he bargains for in this taught and minimal horror short film from director Dominic Grose. Best watched full screen with the volume cranked.
Filmmakers Vincent Urban, Max Neumeier & Tim David Höddinghaus of 27km created this amazing short film that offers a glimpse into the vast and varied nation of Russia. From the cosmopolitan chaos of Moscow to the icy and unspoiled Lake Baikal, the film is like a candy sampler box packed with all kinds of tasty visuals.