THE BEST Short Films

Short Film: Machu Picchu

Short Film: Machu Picchu

Created by students at Supinfocom Arles (a French computer graphics school), Machu Picchu is an expertly animated short about the hazards (and drug-like highs) of Incan airspace.

Video: Watch The Ground

Video: Watch The Ground

It’s no secret that eating dirt is a BMX rider’s worst nightmare, but this animated Watch the Ground short by Ludovic Habas literally brings the earth to life as a horrifying arch nemesis.

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Video: Scoop Volante

Video: Scoop Volante

Created in only 4 weeks, Scoop Volante is a fast-paced and funny animated film about an alien and an overzealous photographer; kudos to the 4-person team for a Pixar-quality short.

Short Film: Café Serré

Short Film: Café Serré

And they say being a cop is hard: Café Serré is a very short animated film that shows that some police officers can get the job done without lifting a finger. Well, maybe a donut or two.

Music Video: WOOD

Music Video: WOOD

Simon and McBess’ WOOD starts off like an old-time cartoon (and stays monochrome throughout), but the delicious blend of urban graphics and animation style are clearly modern.

The Case of Mister Hollow

The Case of Mister Hollow

It’s a bit dizzying to watch, but Rodrigo Gudi√±o’s The Facts in The Case of Mister Hollow is a unique short film that lets you play detective by using a single image to tell an entire story.

Short Film: Masquerade

Short Film: Masquerade

We love the funky cardboard look of Aziz Kocanaoqullari’s Masquerade; set to music by Belgium band Ghinzu, it also makes a poignant statement about workplace behavior.

Let There Be Sound

Let There Be Sound

Like Spore but funkier (if that’s even possible), Let There Be Sound is as gorgeous as it is grotesque; still, any film that simultaneously makes us smile and squirm is worth a watch.

Short Film: The Fly

Short Film: The Fly

Based on a quote by clergyman Norman Vincent Peale, The Fly is an animated film about the power of thought, the value of patience and the need for flypaper. Thanks, Tenshi!

Short Film: Reach

Short Film: Reach

Curiosity killed the cat, or in this case, the robot: Luke Randall’s Reach is about a cute, waddling robot (WALL-E, anyone?) and its ill-advised battles with its tragically short power cord.

Video: Forgotten Places

Video: Forgotten Places

Forgotten Places breathes life into decaying buildings with slow tracking shots that are hauntingly beautiful; if you like grunge, this video is oozing with rust, grime, and even bullet holes.

Short Film: Notebook

Short Film: Notebook

Evelien Lohbeck’s Notebook is a series of reality-questioning animated shorts that are themselves encapsulated in a stop-motion short; anyone else feeling a bit M.C. Escher-ish?

Short Film: Unpossible

Short Film: Unpossible

The perils of time travel are well-known( if not understood), but we love Unpossible for its humorous take on the paradoxes (and bloody noses) you’ll no doubt create by meeting yourself.

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Carousel (Short Film)

Carousel (Short Film)

Designed to be played in an endless loop, Adam Berg of Stink Digital’s Carousel is a short film that shows a single moment in time in the middle of a cops and robbers shootout. Thanks, Ben!

Short Film: The Clan

Short Film: The Clan

Adolescent gaming behavior meets very grown-up realities with The Clan, a goofy short film directed by Scott Patch about a group of slightly aged Xbox Live gamers; please, more!

Video: HBO/Movie

Video: HBO/Movie

Fascinating and just a little bit creepy, HBO/Movie is an artistic short that gives us a voyeuristic glimpse into the intertwined lives of initially disconnected apartment dwellers.

Short Film Trailer: Turbo

Short Film Trailer: Turbo

Debuting 4/30 in L.A., Turbo is a 20 minute short for a USC graduate thesis about a futuristic video game tournament; it was shot on a RED camera and produced by a four man team.

Short Trailer: Meet Meline

Short Trailer: Meet Meline

Two years in the making, Meet Meline is an independent short film by Virginie and Sebastien; the trailer above is short, but we’re impressed by how atmospheric it feels.

Short Film: Bendito Machine

Short Film: Bendito Machine

Bendito Machine is an ongoing series of awesome flash shorts by Spanish illustrator Jossie Malis; it centers around the lives of tribesfolk and their encounters with technology.

Forever’s Not So Long

Forever’s Not So Long

It’s not often a story manages to be mundane and heavy at the same time, let alone do it all in 12 minutes; Forever’s Not So Long answers an age-old question with surprising grace.

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Video: Guard Dog

Video: Guard Dog

The next time a dog barks, it’ll be hard not to remember this Guard Dog short film by Bill Plympton; he takes us into the devoted yet slightly neurotic mind of a particularly vocal hound.

Short Film: Aakraman

Short Film: Aakraman

Beautifully rendered in black and white, Aakraman is about the horrors of war; it’s created by Abhishek Joshi, whose own home country of Nepal is presently wracked by civil war.

Short Film: Hemlock

Short Film: Hemlock

A steampunkish, tragic take on the search for the Fountain of Youth, Tyson Ibele’s Hemlock is an animated short film filled with spastic, unnerving energy and excellent sound effects.

Short Film: Buck Rogers

Short Film: Buck Rogers

Painstakingly created by Visual Effects student Patrick De Leon, this five minute Buck Rogers short film is a campy mix of real actors and rayguns, robots and futuristic cityscapes.

Transformers Mac vs. PC

Transformers Mac vs. PC

We doubt the Mac vs. PC debate will ever be put to rest, but this Transformers themed short by Nick Greenlee easily puts those endless Get a Mac / I’m A PC commercials to shame.

Video: Veni Vidi Vici

Video: Veni Vidi Vici

The University of Hertfordshire must be cloning brilliant digital artists, because Veni Vidi Vici not only has the looks but the humor meets heartwarming plot of a Pixar short.

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