THE BEST Short Films

Water Closet

Water Closet

After a night on the town, a man with a few too many drinks in him stops in a public toilet to relieve himself. But when he’s not exactly tidy, the restroom reminds him to clean up his act. Director Simeon Duncombe’s darkly-comic short film is well worth a watch.

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Director Claudia Barral’s intriguing short film invites us to explore a series of locations over the course of many years, but rather than look at time in a linear fashion, scenes play out simultaneously in the same exact places.

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The Big Break

The Big Break

(PG-13: Language) Two New Yorkers trying to break into Hollywood finally lose it, and everything goes to hell. Writer and director Gil Freston tries to make a name for himself by making fun of the very industry and city that he needs in this meta-comedy short film.

Floor 9.5

Floor 9.5

An elevator stops on the wrong floor in this super-condensed, but nonetheless super-creepy horror short film by Toby Meakins. Trust us when we say this half floor is way worse than the one in Being John Malkovich.

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Director Katarina Lundquist’s beautifully animated short film tells the story of an old man and his best friend living out their days deep an a Norwegian forest. But one day, his pal disappears, and the man must deal with the emotional fallout of his loss.

Kitbull

Kitbull

A stray kitten is threatened when a pit bull moves in next to its hiding place. The cat does its best to push the dog away, but one day sees that they both could use a friend. This Pixar artist-made short film does a great job of capturing the nuances of a kitten’s behavior.

3rd Date

3rd Date

Miss Gazelle and Mister Bear have a dinner date. But things don’t quite go according to plan in this hilarious and rapidly-escalating animated short by Veronica Solomon that reminds us of the classic Bambi Meets Godzilla for some reason.

At the End of the Cul-de-Sac

At the End of the Cul-de-Sac

(PG-13 Language) Paul Trillo teamed up with Aerobo to create this dark and dizzying short film in which a group of neighbors debate how to handle an unstable man who appears in their cul-de-sac. Incredibly, the entire film was shot in a single take using a drone.

Merger

Merger

Keiichi Matsuda’s film feels like a short episode of Black Mirror, as a woman contemplates a big change in order to better understand the AI that runs everything around her. The interfaces in his 360º universe seem like a natural extension of his earlier short Hyper-Reality.

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Overlay

Based on a short story by Elizabeth Bonesteel, and directed by Device, this animated short film follows two operatives who must work together to infiltrate a prison, but all is not what it seems in this science fiction story about a son’s love for his father.

Smash and Grab

Smash and Grab

Smash works inside a locomotive, powering the engine with his partner Grab. He’s tired of doing the same thing over and over again, and more importantly if being literally tied down to his job. So when he sees an opportunity to escape, he doesn’t hesitate.

Don’t Be a Hero

Don’t Be a Hero

(PG-13: Language) Lizzy Jo leads a painfully boring life. She has a dead end job, she lives with her mother, and she has a jerk for a boyfriend. So on her lunch breaks, she puts on a cowboy ensemble and robs banks. Peter Lee’s short film is based on a true story.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Animator Juan Pablo Machado’s short film is a fresh and visually impressive take on the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale Rapunzel. In this thrilling version of the story, a group of mercenary knights arrive at the tower to rescue the long-haired princess from her captor.

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One Breath Around the World

One Breath Around the World

Freediver Guillaume Néry shares this soothing and stunning short film that seamlessly edits his dives in different seas around the world – one amazing shot after another. The film reaches its peak when he encounters marine life.

Art for Lawyers

Art for Lawyers

“I am an artist, with the paperwork to prove.” In 2016, animator Rory Waudby Tolley got to be the Artist in Residence for an international law firm in London. But he didn’t know what kind of art the lawyers liked, so he asked them. This is what he ended up making.

Indomation

Indomation

A man falls asleep while watching Jurassic World, only to find himself face to face with one of the movie’s dinosaurs. Jurassic Park fan Mason Drumm and his friends spent over 90 hours making this tense stop-motion short film.

The Future of Prosthetics

The Future of Prosthetics

“What if I don’t want a hand? What if I want a tentacle?” The Guardian spoke with amputees as well as experts about the present and future of prosthetics and bionics. Research on technology such as brain-machine interfaces raise both possibilities and dilemmas.

Turkish Airlines: The Journey

Turkish Airlines: The Journey

Director Ridley Scott returns to his roots of commercial directing with this short film he made for Turkish Airlines, in which a mysterious woman follows illustrated clues to tail another in what ends up being a beautiful travel promotion for Istanbul.

A Day in the Life of a Sushi Master

A Day in the Life of a Sushi Master

“…90% of the day’s work must be done before customers are served.” Chef Nozomu Abe owns and runs Sushi Noz, an 8-seat restaurant in New York that charges $300 per person. Tasty followed Abe and his staff for a day to see what it’s like to run such a high-end operation.

Infinite Scroll

Infinite Scroll

Peter Henderson’s animated short film imagines the world behind the endless stream of social media posts we scroll by each day is fabricated along some sort of vertical assembly line that just remixes and regurgitates food and pet pics, selfies, and memes.

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We Need to Talk About Cosmos

We Need to Talk About Cosmos

(PG-13: Language) An astronaut speaks about the complexities and challenges of living in space. Raphaël Bluzet’s animated short has a light start, but a dark ending. If the voice sounds familiar, that’s Gary Dourdan, who played Warrick Brown on CSI.

I Was a Winner

I Was a Winner

(PG-13: Language) “When we weren’t playing, we… We were almost always playing.” Jonas Odell’s thoughtful short film features three recovering video game addicts talking about their experiences in the guise of their old video game avatars.

MIB: Men In Blues

MIB: Men In Blues

(PG-13: Language) Filmmaker and editor Fabrice Mathieu has outdone himself with this epic movie mashup, combining The Blues Brothers and Men In Black into an thrilling new adventure about two ex-cons on a mission from god to take down the alien scum of the universe.

EPOCH

EPOCH

Visual artist Kevin McGloughlin used countless images from Google Earth along with audio samples from NASA to provide “a visual representation of our connection to earth and it’s vulnerable glory.” It’s amazing how these static satellite images can tell such a story.

Cubed

Cubed

Xue Enge’s quirky animated short envisions a world in which everyone has a Rubik’s Cube for a head. Our protagonist wanders about in his tighty whities desperately seeking to make a connection in his puzzling and conformist universe, and makes a heartening discovery.

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