THE BEST Short Films

Short Film: StopMo

Short Film: StopMo

It’s technically about a future archaeologist who discovers the remains of Hollywood, but StopMo is in reality an homage to movie special effects artists wrapped in a sci-fi story.

Short Film: Water Brain

Short Film: Water Brain

Created by Guangzhou student Johann Pu, Water Brain is a gorgeous 15 minute short film remarkable not only for its surprisingly moving story, but for its Chinese take on steampunk.

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Short Film: Red Rabbit

Short Film: Red Rabbit

We had a rabbit once. It dug holes and crapped everywhere. Red Rabbit isn’t too different, but it does show that the secrets we hide may not be as big as we think they are.

Video: Toy Movies

Video: Toy Movies

Atom.com pokes fun at this summer’s wave of movies based on 80s toons with Toy Movies; Care Bears, My Little Pony and The Smurfs all go Hollywood in a very bad way.

Video: Civilization

Video: Civilization

Equal parts horrific and heavenly, Marco Brambilla’s Civilization is installed in The Standard Hotel’s elevators; it’s composed of over 400 clips as you go from hell to heaven (and back).

Terrible Thing of Alpha-9

Terrible Thing of Alpha-9

Created by SVA student Jake Armstrong for his thesis, The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9 is a fantastically illustrated sci-fi short about a misunderstood (and ultimately harmless) monster.

Opening: FedCon 2009

Opening: FedCon 2009

No, it’s not from J.J. Abram’s Star Trek–it’s FedCon 2009’s opening video which depicts a “what if” battle with the USS Kelvin, Romulan fighters and a surprise guest. Thanks Luke!

Oceansize (Short Film)

Oceansize (Short Film)

Another animated short film by Supinfocom Arles students, Oceansize remixes the sci-fi/underwater plot of The Abyss, the alien black oil of The X-Files and Resident Evil’s monstrous bosses.

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.

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.

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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?

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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.

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.

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