Short films has always been an underrated genre often ignored by many. We binge watch shows, catch all the movies and yet rarely keep track of these gems. So here we went ahead and compiled some of the best for you.
1. Paperman (2012)
Paperman is a beautiful black-and-white 3D hand-drawn/computer animated short film by Disney. It features a young man who after a chance meeting with a woman, attempts to track her down using a piece of paper. Directed by John Kahrs, the film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards, and the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject at the 40th Annie Awards.
2. Arranged Marriage (2011)
Arranged Marriage is a lovely attempt to illustrate the incredulous nature of this Indian tradition by Areesz Ganddi. A quirky video most Indians can relate to, Arranged Marriage revolves around a man and woman playing 20 questions to get to know each other before getting married. The questions range from mundane to personal, with some surprising answers in the mix.
3. Doodlebug (1997)
Doodlebug is a psychological thriller, done in a classical Nolan way. This short film will mess with your mind as you watch a man attempting to kill a bug in his apartment with a shoe, ending with an unexpected twist. Nolan’s future wife produced this short for almost nothing, while Nolan was studying English literature in London.
4. Le Miroir (The Mirror) (2010)
A critically acclaimed film by a Swiss creative partnership Ramon & Pedro (Laurent Fauchere and Antoine Tinguely), this film contains no dialogues and is shot from a single angle. With beautiful direction, it seamlessly takes you through a man’s entire life, from childhood to old age, as seen from the mirror. It won accolades in the form of Most Creative Short in the Shanghai International Film Festival and an Audience Award at the Manlleu Film Festival.
5. Feast (2014)
Nobody does short films better than Disney. Feast is a 3D hand-drawn/computer-animated romantic comedy short film directed by Patrick Osborne. The film is an adorable observation of a dog and how his food changes as per his owner’s life, oscillating between junk and healthy food. The short won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject.
6. 2 AM: The Smiling Man (2013)
One of the scariest short films ever made, The Smiling Man is a creepypasta story brought to life. A predatory approach most women will relate to, this Michael Evans film is about a man who meets an unexpected street companion at 2 am. With an eerie smile, the other man is rapidly closing the gap between them…what would you do?
7. 5,80 Mètres (2012)
One of the most absurd animations we’ve ever seen. Directed by Nicolas Deveaux, anything that describes this film would ruin it, hence we choose to provide no explanation whatsoever. You’ll know why once you watch it. After 1.5 years in the making, this short toured film festivals around the world bagging awards and nominations including Best in Show Award at SIGGRAPH Asia.
8. The Big Shave (1967)
Also known as Viet ’67, Scorsese’s slightly gory short film depicts a man repeatedly shaving away hair and then his skin in a bloody manner. This film has been interpreted as a metaphor for the Vietnam war, and the self destructive involvement of United States in the same.
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
9. Geri’s Game (1997)
Pixar’s short computer animated film Geri’s Game is a touching movie about an old man playing a game of chess against himself. The aggressive Black Geri is seen to have an edge over docile White Geri, which is also seen as a metaphor for age. The film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, and was attached to the theatrical release of A Bug’s Life in 1998.
10. Vincent (1982)
Vincent is a stop motion short horror film directed by Tim Burton, the second such film made by Disney. Narrated by actor Vincent Price, it revolves around a 7 year old boy with dark aspirations. Vincent Price later hailed the film as “the most gratifying thing that ever happened”. A must watch for Edgar Allan Poe fans!
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