THE BEST Short Films

M A C R O

M A C R O

Motion designer Harrison Vincent’s short film features eye-popping close-up imagery inspired by macrophotography, but was created entirely with computer graphics. The breakdown video is just as fascinating. He also provided the Cinema4D source files for download.

American Totem

American Totem

Video artist Theo Tagholm’s (aka “mustardcuffins”) experimental short film envisions an alternative version of the world, where the iconic rock structures of America’s Southwest stretch endlessly into the sky. It’s a strangely unsettling, but engrossing visual. We love how the clouds cast shadows onto the totems.

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Goldman v Silverman

Goldman v Silverman

(PG-13: Language) Directors Josh and Benny Safdie have won big praise for their work with Adam Sandler in their film Uncut Gems. The trio also worked together on a bit of guerilla filmmaking, as Adam and Benny donned facepaint to shoot this short film about two warring street performers in the heart of Times Square.

The Bolt Connection

The Bolt Connection

A robot takes part in a heist that goes wrong, and ends up in possession of a prize that makes it feel alive. But once it gets a taste for this sensation, it does whatever is necessary to hold onto that precious lifeforce. This graduation film by students of Rubika Valenciennes is simply fantastic on every level.

Brothers

Brothers

(PG-13: Language) Written and directed by Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse), this previously unreleased short film is as tense and chilling as anything we’ve seen in recent memory. It tells the story of two brothers raised by their abusive grandmother, and the precarious balance that exists in their relationship.

Blind Eye

Blind Eye

In this entertaining short film from students of Gobelins animation school, two siblings face potential sacrifice after angering the almighty eye. But what really awaits them is a very different fate in this cautionary tale about worshipping false idols. We were particularly impressed with the excellent sound design.

NYC Textures

NYC Textures

Photographer and animator Ynon Lan captured over a thousand still images around New York City and compiled them into this cool short film, which evokes the true essence of the big city through its textures.

Multiverse

Multiverse

Director Hiroshi Kondo’s short film has a simple premise – watching the flow of traffic on the streets of Taiwan, where an endless stream of mopeds carry riders every day. But through the use of editing, time-lapse, and other techniques, he created a true visual masterpiece.

Dig Your Own Grave

Dig Your Own Grave

(PG-13: Language) “Do you have any work gloves or anything? This is like a huge job.” A loan shark’s hitman takes a debtor out to the middle of nowhere, and demands that he dig his own grave. But fulfilling this TV and movie trope isn’t as easy as it sounds in Kirk Larsen’s darkly comedic short film.

Blowtorch Popcorn

Blowtorch Popcorn

This silly little video clip from filmmakers Zita and Rafael of Crictor may be short, but it’s immensely satisfying. Watch as a single kernel of popcorn is dropped into a blow torch, and somehow ends up floating perfectly atop the wind made by a hairdryer. We wonder just how many takes it took them to get this just right.

The Turning Point

The Turning Point

Consistently awesome animator and illustrator Steve Cutts offers up a topsy-turvy take on the destruction of our environment and climate change, envisioning a world in which animals are destroying the place, and humans have to deal with the fallout of their actions. The Track is The Turning Point by Wantaways.

And the Moon Stopped

And the Moon Stopped

Artist Arktk Berkut created the mindblowing visuals to accompany Moa Pillar’s track And the Moon Stopped, complementing the dizzying ambient track with a kaleidoscopic journey through a virtual world made up of digitally-manipulated photographs.

A Life in Numbers

A Life in Numbers

As philosopher Albert Camus said “Life is a sum of all your choices.” In Kingdom of Something’s lighthearted short, they provide some stats about how much of our lives we spend performing everyday tasks, and some of the figures might help you better allocate your time.

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RED

RED

Ritzy Animation’s amusing short film follows the journey of a down-on-his-luck Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer after he’s retired from Santa’s crew. But Rudy gets inspired to clean up his act, and again become the powerful sled-puller he once was. Naturally, there’s a training montage.

Dark Age 2.0

Dark Age 2.0

As we move further into a world where our art, literature, and information are stored not in physical forms, but as data, we face the prospect that we could lose our history in a blink – especially if licensors decide to revoke access. Chris Cousins‘ dystopian short film explores that prospect using a future museum to illustrate the dangers.

The Space Wall

The Space Wall

Through the use of high-contrast black-and-white imagery, and a stark, minimal soundtrack by Paul Vinsonhaler, filmmaker Jason Allen Lee’s incredible animated short will truly transport you into the isolation of outer space. If you can, watch it full screen in a darkened room with headphones on.

Skywatch

Skywatch

Colin Levy’s short sci-fi film follows two teens who prank people by swapping the contents of their drone deliveries. But when a hack goes wrong, they discover a dark secret about the unmanned aerial vehicles flying overhead. The production was funded via Kickstarter and through the efforts of volunteer CG artists.

Universal Machine

Universal Machine

A young woman comes face to face with an android in the desert outside of Dubai, and discovers the machine is looking for a fight. But is the robot her nemesis, or simply a reflection of herself? Daniel Askill’s impeccable short film packs a punch with crisp choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and a stellar soundtrack by Philip Glass.

Brunch!

Brunch!

(PG-13: Language) A man and a woman get together over what appears a delicious brunch, and have a particularly outlandish conversation over croissants and orange juice. John Purcell’s nonsensical short film is unabashedly silly and offbeat.

The World Below

The World Below

Photographer and filmmaker Bruce W. Berry Jr. collected and cleaned up video and time-lapse footage captured by astronauts on-board the International Space Station to give us this stunning short film that provides a glimpse of our planet from the vantage point of space.

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Hell of a Week

Hell of a Week

An office worker finds himself the victim of a series of daily pranks by his co-workers. But in the end, the rage kicks in, and he gets his revenge in Damien Bastelica’s amusing and extremely well-drawn animated short.

The Other Side

The Other Side

Motion artist Thomas Blanchard’s colorful short film envisions an entire universe that lives inside of our eyes. What makes the vibrant visuals even more amazing is that they were entirely created with paint, ink, oil, and soap, without reliance on CGI or digital effects.

Little Runmo

Little Runmo

This amazing short film took animator Gooseworx two years to create, and the payoff was worth it. Follow along with a video game character named Runmo on his journey to discover the meaning of life (or in his case, lives). It’s a weird, wild, and wonderfully inventive look at what it might be like to live in a platform game.

Jumpy

Jumpy

Anthony Falleroni’s animated short follows a video game character who struggles with the difficulty of completing of the very first level in his game. We love the pixel art style, chiptune soundtrack, and most of all, the storytelling. His making of video is well worth a watch too.

The Freak

The Freak

Grant Kolton’s humorous animated short film digs into the strange realities of human anatomy, and just how freakish we all really are. So the next time you look at someone and think they’re weird, have a good long look in the mirror.

Textless

Textless

Husband and wife design team Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee’s typographic short film plays a clever visual trick, simulating the physics of what might happen if all of the letters on advertising signage started to break loose from their appropriate locations, and came to rest in totally haphazard ways.

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