AvsJoe's top short fictional films

Most of these are less than 10 minutes long and combined I doubt they are longer than a season of a half-hour television show.

11-23-16: Rearranged to alphanumerical order after adding the Infinity Train pilot.
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1.
7:35 in the Morning (2003 Short Film)
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A woman enters a restaurant one morning - only to be met with silence instead of people talking. (8 mins.)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
 
2.
Alma (2009 Short Film)
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Alma, a little girl, skips through the snow-covered streets of a small town. Her attention is caught by a strange doll in an antique toy shop window. Fascinated, Alma decides to enter. (6 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Blaas
 
3.
Panic Attack! (2009 Short Film)
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Giant robots invade Montevideo. (5 mins.)
Director: Fede Alvarez
 
4.
Big Buck Bunny (2008 Short Film)
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A recently awoken enormous and utterly adorable fluffy rabbit is heartlessly harassed by a flying squirrel's gang of rodents who are determined to squash his happiness. (10 mins.)
 
5.
Billy's Balloon (1998 Short Film)
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A balloon wraps itself around a young child's hand, bringing him higher and higher, much to the child's delight... but... (6 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
6.
Bingo (1998 Short Film)
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A wildly surrealistic computer-generated animation in which a young man is psychologically brutalized by circus characters into believing he is a clown. (5 mins.)
Director: Chris Landreth
 
7.
Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown (1986 Short Film)
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Charlie Brown is on the run from the Peanuts Gang after the Great Pumpkin puts a bounty on his head in this wild animated student short by Jim Reardon. (4 mins.)
Director: Jim Reardon
 
8.
Burn-E (2008 Short Film)
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If BURN-E (a welding robot) had known how much trouble he'd be caused by WALL-E's pursuit of EVE, then he'd have taken the day off. (8 mins.)
Director: Angus MacLane
 
9.
Cashback (2004 Short Film)
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Ben is an art college student in London, whose imagination runs wild as he works the late-night shift at the local supermarket. What do he and his colleagues do to pass the long, endless hours of the night? (18 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
 
10.
Connection (2013 Short Film)
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A celebrity meets a person at the airport. All is fine until the person finds out that if they return home, they will be arrested. (10 mins.)
 
11.
Cover Me (2010 Video)
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Some cops pride themselves on dead eye accuracy...Lewis is not one of those cops. (4 mins.)
Director: Tim Wilkerson
 
12.
Deadline (1997 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
Director: Nash Edgerton
 
13.
Feast (2014 Short Film)
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The love life of a man as told through the meals he gives his adopted dog, Winston. (6 mins.)
Director: Patrick Osborne
 
14.
Genre (1996 Short Film)
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A hapless cartoon character is dragged through a spectrum of cinematic situations by his frustrated animator. (5 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
15.
Géraldine (2000 Short Film)
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Gerard is dealing with an unwanted sex change. (9 mins.)
Director: Arthur de Pins
 
16.
Golem (2006 Short Film)
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When Romi, a lonely young girl, accidentally wakes up a dormant Golem - She finds out that even the purest of friendships can be endangered by personal demons. (8 mins.)
 
17.
Gone Nutty (2002 Video)
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Scrat is putting one last acorn into a huge and very neatly arranged stash, but it keeps popping up... (5 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saldanha
 
18.
Here Comes Dr. Tran (2008 Short Film)
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(8 mins.)
Director: Breehn Burns
 
19.
Home Base (2002 Short Film)
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A bitter ex-boyfriend exacts sweet revenge by actively pursuing a sexual relationship with his former girlfriend's mother. (9 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
 
20.
Ice Breakers (2008 Short Film)
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Susan is a closed book. She wishes her blind date, Leonard, wasn't quite so open. At the very least... (31 mins.)
Director: John Guarnere
 
21.
Infinity Train (2016 Short Film)
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Tulip must learn to set her personal interests aside to make her way through a mysterious train and help the king of all corgis save his people. (8 mins.)
Director: Owen Dennis
 
22.
It's All About the Shoes (2008 Short Film)
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(4 mins.)
Director: Ben Pietor
 
23.
It's Not About the Nail (2013 Short Film)
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A perspective in relationship communication using metaphors and hyperbole to drive the point home. (2 mins.)
Director: Jason Headley
 
24.
Kenzo World (2016 Video)
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(4 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
25.
Kiwi! (2006 Short Film)
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The story of a Kiwi who spends his whole life working towards achieving his dream. (3 mins.)
Director: Dony Permedi
 
26.
La Luna (2011 Short Film)
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A young boy helps his father and grandfather harvest stars from the moon. (7 mins.)
Director: Enrico Casarosa
 
27.
Lights Out (2013 Short Film)
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When you are all alone in a small dark room, what do you fear the most? Is it the temporary blindness or is it the uneasy deep feeling that someone, or rather something, is observing your every move? (3 mins.)
Director: David Sandberg
 
28.
Lucky (2005 Short Film)
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Lucky finds himself in a bind - and it's going to take more than a Houdini act to get out of this situation. (5 mins.)
Director: Nash Edgerton
 
29.
Meet the Medic (2011 Video)
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In this Team Fortress 2 short, we get to met the medic. The Soldiers on BLU team are finally getting the upper hand... (4 mins.)
Director: Robin Walker
 
30.
Meet the Pyro (2012 Video)
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The last member of the Team Fortress 2 cast is introduced our favorite arsonist, the Pyro. (3 mins.)
Director: Robin Walker
 
31.
Meet the Spy (2009 Video)
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The BLU Spy warns the other mercenaries of the danger of the RED Spy after finding a dead colleague. (3 mins.)
Director: Robin Walker
 
32.
Miracle Fish (2009 Short Film)
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8 year old Joe has a Birthday he will never forget. After friends bully him, he sneaks off to the sick bay, wishing everyone in the world would go away. He wakes up to find his dream may have become a reality. (17 mins.)
Director: Luke Doolan
 
33.
More (1998 Short Film)
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A worker in a factory learns a lesson about life. When is enough? (6 mins.)
Director: Mark Osborne
 
34.
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010 Video)
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Detective Jackson Briggs recruits the assassin Hanzo Hasachi into an undercover mission - enter an illegal tournament and eliminate all its criminal participants. (8 mins.)
 
35.
Naptime! (2012 Short Film)
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An infomercial spoof for a fake product that stops children from throwing tantrums instantly. (3 mins.)
Director: Chris Capel
 
36.
Nemesis (2009 Short Film)
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The story of Arne, who is convinced he has superpowers. He just has not found them yet. So he decides to put up a wanted note for an archenemy, hoping that it will help him discover his true powers. (8 mins.)
Director: Stian Hafstad
 
37.
Office Space (1991 Short Film)
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Poor Milton can't get any respect. He works at an evil corporation called Initech and his "office" has been shoved into the basement... (2 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Mike Judge
 
38.
Pac-Man: The Movie (2008 Short Film)
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The twisted tale of four ghosts trapped in a maze while being stalked by a giant yellow monster. (5 mins.)
 
39.
Presto (2008 Short Film)
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A stage magician's rabbit gets into a magical onstage brawl against his neglectful guardian with two magic hats. (5 mins.)
Director: Doug Sweetland
 
40.
Rabid Rider (2010 Short Film)
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Wile E. Coyote once again tries to ensnare his long-time adversary, the Road Runner. In this short, Wile devises various attempts of capture with the aid of a Sedway, better known in the WC/RR world as the Hyper-Sonic Transporter by ACME. (3 mins.)
 
41.
Rejected (2000 Short Film)
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A hilarious collection of animated television commercials that were rejected because of their creator's failing grip on sanity. (9 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
42.
Runaway Brain (1995 Short Film)
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In an attempt to convince Minnie that he hasn't forgotten to buy her an anniversary present, Mickey Mouse ends up promising to take her to Hawaii... (7 mins.)
Director: Chris Bailey
 
43.
Sintel (2010 Short Film)
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The film follows a girl named Sintel who is searching for a baby dragon she calls Scales. A flashback... (14 mins.)
Director: Colin Levy
 
44.
Skwerl (2011 Video)
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A couple's special meal is ruined when underlying tensions surface. A study of the role of language in communication. (5 mins.)
Director: Brian Fairbairn
 
45.
Forklift Driver Klaus: The First Day on the Job (2000 Short Film)
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Short film depicting a fictional educational film about fork lift truck operational safety. The dangers of unsafe operation are presented in gory details. (10 mins.)
 
46.
Terry Tate, Office Linebacker (2002 Short Film)
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Retired NFL Linebacker, "Terrible" Terry Tate enforces the office rules at the Felcher and Sons' headquarters... (5 mins.)
 
47.
The Backwater Gospel (2011 Short Film)
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Backwater is doomed by the regular visits of the undertaker and its dwellers blame a tramp. (9 mins.)
Director: Bo Mathorne
 
48.
The Ballad of Nessie (2011 Short Film)
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A humorous animated poem of how a gentle displaced Scottish monster created Loch Ness. (5 mins.)
 
49.
The Bloody Olive (1997 Short Film)
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Mylene and Werner are going to make their flat up for Christmas. Then Sam comes with a bottle of Veuve Cliqot... (12 mins.)
Director: Vincent Bal
 
50.
The Cart Boy (1995 Short Film)
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Two mall security guards confront the mysterious "Cart Boy" who has been stealing shopping carts from the mall's parking lot. (10 mins.)
 
51.
The Chicken from Outer Space (1996 Short Film)
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An elderly couple's dog must defend them from a malicious space chicken, bent on conquest by infecting them with mutagenic eggs. First this quiet farm in the middle of nowhere, next, the world! (8 mins.)
 
52.
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005 Short Film)
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Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself. (26 mins.)
Director: Anthony Lucas
 
53.
The Nine-Thirty (2009 Short Film)
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The nine-thirty appointment at a psychiatric halfway house leaves us wondering who's more in need of help -- the patient or the doctor. (13 mins.)
 
54.
The Passenger (2006 Short Film)
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A bookworm sits down on a bus next to a goldfish that might be a monster. (7 mins.)
Director: Chris Jones
 
55.
The Pitch (2001 Short Film)
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A young filmmaker pitches his latest masterpiece. (3 mins.)
Director: Nash Edgerton
 
56.
The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Frank Castle is staying in a bad neighborhood, where he encounters a gang that terrorizes its residents. (10 mins.)
Director: Phil Joanou
 
57.
The Spirit of Christmas (1995 Short Film)
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Four caroling children meet Jesus and Santa Claus and learn the true meaning of Christmas. (5 mins.)
 
58.
There Are Monsters (2008 Short Film)
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Garth and Maddie are about to host a dinner party when they see a strange little girl in their backyard. She is the first sign that the world has suddenly and inexplicably changed. (10 mins.)
Director: Jay Dahl
 
59.
Treevenge (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Christmas trees ripped out of their forest plan revenge against people enjoying the holidays. (16 mins.)
Director: Jason Eisener
 
60.
The House of Small Cubes (2008 Short Film)
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To save his house from rising flood waters, an old man uses bricks to build it higher, then he relives events from his past while searching for his dropped pipe. (12 mins.)
Director: Kunio Kato
 
61.
Ward 13 (2003 Short Film)
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Ben, our main character, wakes up in an unusual hospital after seemingly landing on an asphalt road due to a car collision... (15 mins.)
Director: Peter Cornwell