In this beautifully illustrated short science fiction film, a pilot and a spaceship depart on a very long journey with some very precious cargo headed for a better place. Based on a short story by Karin Lowachee and directed by Chad Thompson for Yeah Haus as part of The Verge’s Better Worlds project.
THE BEST Short Films
Director Mackenzie Sheppard’s dark and esoteric short film does a great job setting a sense of mood as a moth flies emerges from a white gateway, and visits a series of strange and intense scenes. But is the insect simply a witness, or is it the bringer of chaos? The sequel Butterfly may or may not hold some answers.
Russian animator Lazy Square sums up 30 years of slacking just 30 seconds with this well-executed mini short film. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel for more great animations – we especially enjoyed his unofficial NASA recruitment commercial and his Terminator 2 parody.
(PG-13: Language) A woman goes to get her car cleaned, and is joined by an unexpected passenger in this wonderfully creative and unconventional short film by Camille Campbell. It offers up quite the ride despite taking place almost entirely in a old Volvo station wagon in a car wash.
In artist Chris Labrooy’s whimsical short film The future ain’t the same as it used to be, he envisions a wacky world where classic cars can float on water, pop their lids, and hop about on a cushion of air. We can’t decide between the Porsche 911 Carrera RS Flamingo or Swan spec.
This award-winning animated short film from a team of Supinfocom (now Rubika) graduates tells the story of two brothers who become rulers of a pair of islands, trusted with the task of maintaining status quo by the gods. But then one day, something unexpected comes along to throw off the requisite symmetry.
Pursuit of Wonder’s short film might start out like a documentary, but it’s entirely fictional, and more than a little like an episode of Black Mirror. It’s simply described as a story of “a man who finds himself at the beginning and end of everything,” and well worth 9 minutes of your time.
Meet Manivald. Like many foxes, he’s “overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired.” While living at home with his mom, everything changes when a wolf stops by to repair the washing machine. Chintis Lundgren’s animated short about loneliness and finding yourself is well worth a watch.
Yes, folks, we really did land on the moon. But there are still people who believe it was faked. Fabrice Mathieu’s clever short film mashes up footage from the Apollo 11 launch preparations, various interviews and movie clips to make it look like Stanley Kubrick directed it on a soundstage.
(PG-13: Language) Maxine is an adorable little corgi. She doesn’t ask for much in life either – a walk, some pets, and the occasional bowl of her favorite snack food. But she’s not all cuddles and hugs, as we learn from the punchline of Uncorked Productions‘ silly short film.
If Garfield the lasagna-loving cat starred in a survival horror on the Game Boy Advance, it might look something like this bit of insanity. This pixel art short film by animator Lumpy Touch is some serious nightmare fuel, so you might not want to watch it right before bedtime.
An astronaut wanders around breathtaking and vast landscapes. But these are not scenes from a science fiction film; these were all photographed at actual sites in America’s Southwest. Andrew Studer’s short film is a tribute to these public lands and the people who protect them.
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