My Favourite Shorts

A list of my favourite short films (35 minutes or less). Most of these, if not all of them, are on YouTube, DailyMotion or Vimeo in one form or another so don't hesitate in looking them up.

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1.
Admiral Cigarette (1897 Documentary)
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A commercial. Four men sit in animated conversation in front of a billboard for Admiral Cigarettes. The billboard fills the entire background...
 
2.
Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898 Short Film)
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One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place... (1 mins.)
 
3.
A Turn of the Century Illusionist (1899 Short Film)
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A magician and his assistant perform numerous magic acts. (1 mins.)
 
4.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
5.
The Unappreciated Joke (1903 Short Film)
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Scene, interior of a street-car. A stout man enters and sits down alongside of a friend and proceeds to read a comic paper... (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
6.
Steamboat Willie (1928 Short Film)
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Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck. (8 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
 
7.
Daigaku wa detakeredo (1929)
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Feeling the position to be beneath him, a college graduate turns down a receptionist job, but soon finds it necessary to fool his mother and fiancé into thinking that he is employed. (70 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
8.
The Daffy Doc (1938 Short Film)
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Doctor Quack is doing an operation, and Daffy is his assistant. Things start out sedately enough, with Daffy asking for quiet in various ways... (7 mins.)
Director: Robert Clampett
 
9.
Daffy - The Commando (1943 Short Film)
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Commando Daffy Duck goes behind enemy lines and causes havoc for a Nazi German officer and his troops. (7 mins.)
Director: I. Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
10.
The Lonesome Mouse (1943 Short Film)
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Jerry crashes a vase onto Tom's head, which gets Mammy to throw Tom out. Jerry revels in his freedom... (8 mins.)
 
11.
Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips (1944 Short Film)
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Bugs fights stereotyped Japanese during World War II. (8 mins.)
Director: I. Freleng
 
12.
Hare Tonic (1945 Short Film)
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Bugs Bunny tricks Elmer Fudd into believing his house has been quarantined for something called "rabbititus." (8 mins.)
 
13.
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946 Short Film)
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Daffy Duck has a dream in which he is Duck Twacy, a detective forced to fight an army of grotesque villians. (8 mins.)
Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
14.
Cat-Tails for Two (1953 Short Film)
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Two cats, one crafty but ill-fated, the other a lunkheaded oaf, decide to hunt mice on a Mexican ship and meet Speedy Gonzales... (6 mins.)
Director: Robert McKimson
 
15.
Duck Amuck (1953 Short Film)
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The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator. (7 mins.)
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
16.
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953 Short Film)
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Space hero Daffy battles Marvin the Martian for control of Planet X. (7 mins.)
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
17.
The Missing Mouse (1953 Short Film)
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Upon hearing about a white mouse that could explode is on the loose, Jerry decides to impersonate it to torment Tom. (6 mins.)
Stars: Paul Frees
 
18.
Baby Buggy Bunny (1954 Short Film)
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Baby-faced Finster robs a bank, but the baby carriage with the money in it goes down Bugs' rabbit hole. (7 mins.)
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
19.
Hare Brush (1955 Short Film)
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The corporate board has Elmer committed to an asylum because he thinks he's a rabbit. At the sanitarium Bugs agrees to trade places with Elmer. (7 mins.)
Director: I. Freleng
 
20.
Night and Fog (1956 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
21.
Sahara Hare (1955 Short Film)
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Riff-Raff (Yosemite) Sam, riding a camel that won't whoa, chases Bugs into a French Foreign-Legion post. (7 mins.)
Director: I. Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
22.
To Hare Is Human (1956 Short Film)
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Wile E. Coyote consults a "Univac Electric Brain (Do It Yourself)" in his efforts to catch Bugs. (7 mins.)
Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
23.
What's Opera, Doc? (1957 Short Film)
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Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery. (7 mins.)
Director: Chuck Jones
 
24.
Bridges-Go-Round (1958 Short Film)
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Essential, integral experimental work from the late 1950s is an incredible dance of montage and super-imposition... (4 mins.)
Director: Shirley Clarke
 
25.
High Note (1960 Short Film)
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The sheet music for Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube" is constructed by moving musical symbols. A baton-toting... (6 mins.)
Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
26.
Compressed Hare (1961 Short Film)
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Bugs battles Wile E. Coyote. A ten billion volt electric magnet draws everything imaginable. (7 mins.)
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
27.
Wilson's Meats Meeting Film #2 (1965 Short Film)
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(8 mins.)
 
28.
Ripples (1967 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
Stars: Jon Stone
 
29.
Mona Lisa (1973 Short Film)
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The image of Mona Lisa positioned in the middle of a surrealist image play surrounding it. (3 mins.)
 
30.
Atman (1975 Short Film)
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A lone figure sitting outdoors and wearing a Hannya mask is seen from different angles in a succession of crash zooms and encircling jump cuts. (12 mins.)
 
31.
Canada Vignettes: Trees (1978 Short Film)
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As we see a maple tree go through the cycle of the seasons, a narrator notes of various opinions about trees. (1 mins.)
Director: Robert Doucet
 
32.
Asparagus (1979 Short Film)
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An an animated candy colored nightmare from indie artist Suzan Pitt. (20 mins.)
Director: Suzan Pitt
 
33.
Act of God (1980 Documentary)
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Documentary film by Peter Greenaway made for Thames Television, in which people who have survived being... (25 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
34.
Making 'The Shining' (1980 Documentary)
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A look behind the scenes during the making of 'Stanley Kubrick (I)''s The Shining. (35 mins.)
Director: Vivian Kubrick
 
35.
The Fly (1980 Short Film)
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A fine day in the life of a fly presented completely from the fly's point of view. A fine day until something dreary happens, that is. (3 mins.)
Director: Ferenc Rófusz
 
36.
The Discipline of D.E. (1982 Short Film)
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Gus Van Sant's early short film about "The Discipline of D.E.," which is an extremely efficient way of doing things. (9 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
37.
Mondo Elvis (1984 Documentary)
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A look at some of Elvis Presley's more obsessive fans. (28 mins.)
Director: Tom Corboy
 
38.
Death Valley 69 (1986 Short Film)
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Music video of Sonic Youth with Lydia Lunch spliced with scenes featuring Lung Leg. (7 mins.)
 
39.
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
 
40.
Street of Crocodiles (1986 Short Film)
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A man closes up a lecture hall; he reaches into a box and snips the string holding a gaunt puppet. Released... (20 mins.)
 
41.
Flora (1989 Short Film)
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The last moments of a creature made out of fruits and vegetables. (1 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
42.
The Animator of Prague (1990 Documentary)
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The life of Jan Svankmajer, a Czech surrealist animator, filmmaker and artist whose work inspired other influential filmmakers like Terry Gilliam. Working under Communist regime was a blessing and a curse for a creative young artist. (26 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
43.
Big House Blues (1990 Short Film)
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Ren and Stimpy, on the streets starving, are captured by the dog catcher. They end up in the pound and become frightened when one of the dogs tells them of the "big sleep". (7 mins.)
Director: John Kricfalusi
 
44.
The Calligrapher (1991 TV Movie)
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A calligrapher creates his own quill pen. (1 mins.)
 
45.
Frog Baseball (1992 Short Film)
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The animated short that introduced the world to Beavis and Butt-head, the two dimwitted fifteen year-olds with the intelligence of dirt... (3 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Mike Judge
 
46.
Peace, Love & Understanding (1992 Short Film)
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In this second pilot film, Beavis and Butt-Head sniff glue and go to a monster truck show. (5 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Mike Judge
 
47.
Cigarettes & Coffee (1993 Short Film)
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Five people's lives that are curiously intertwined happen to all be at a diner at the same time. An... (24 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
 
48.
Je vous salue, Sarajevo (2006 Video)
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Godard looks into the Bosnia conflict in the early 1990's. (2 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
49.
The Man in the Lower-Left Hand Corner of the Photograph (1997 Short Film)
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A man in a decaying room looks at an old photograph of himself and tries to recreate the happiness he once felt (14 mins.)
Director: Robert Morgan
 
50.
Sans titre (1997 Short Film)
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In 1997, for it's fiftieth anniversary, the Cannes Film Festival asked Leos Carax for a short film, a kind of postcard addressed to the festival, in which the director would give news of himself and of his film project "Pola X". (9 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
51.
The Hidden (1997 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
 
52.
Gasman (1998 Short Film)
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It's the Christmas season. With her mom's help, Lynne, a girl of perhaps eight, dresses up; her younger brother Steven plays with a toy car... (15 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
 
53.
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
 
54.
Please Kill Mr. Kinski (1999 Documentary)
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In 1986, director David Schmoeller worked with notoriously eccentric and tantrum-prone actor Klaus Kinski on horror triller Crawlspace. Now, Schmoeller talks about this shoot and how it almost ended with crew lynching the actor. (9 mins.)
 
55.
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
 
56.
The Heart of the World (2000 Short Film)
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Nikolai, a mortician, and Osip, an actor playing Christ in a play, are brothers in love with the same woman... (6 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
57.
Flat 'n' Fluffy (2001 Short Film)
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(7 mins.)
Director: Benoît Boucher
 
58.
Cat Soup (2001 Short Film)
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A young anthropomorphic cat goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul. (34 mins.)
Director: Tatsuo Sato
 
59.
DumbLand (2002 Mini-Series)
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A series of 5-minute line animations (drawn in the rough style and with the minimalist plots of David Lynch's The Angriest Dog in the World comic strip) featuring an angry and violent Neanderthal, and his family and neighbors. (35 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
60.
Destino (2003 Short Film)
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To a song of love lost and rediscovered, a woman sees and undergoes surreal transformations. Her lover's face melts off... (7 mins.)
 
61.
Spacecataz (2004 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: Dave Willis
 
62.
My Last Minute (2006 Short Film)
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The last minute in a man's life. (1 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
63.
Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making 'A Clockwork Orange' (2007 Documentary)
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In this documentary, we follow Stanely Kubrick as he creates one of the most controversial films of all time... (28 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
64.
Back to Room 666 (2008 Documentary)
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What is the future of cinema? In 1982, in Cannes, Wim Wenders invited many movie makers to answer this question. 26 years later, the question remains, but Wenders is now on the other side of the camera. (15 mins.)
 
65.
The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! (2008 TV Movie)
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The Powerpuff Girls face their greatest challenge in this 10th anniversary special episode. There exists a Key to the World... (21 mins.)
Director: Craig McCracken
 
66.
Logorama (2009 Short Film)
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Police chase an armed criminal in a version of Los Angeles comprised entirely of corporate logos. (16 mins.)
 
67.
Plastic Bag (2009 Short Film)
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A plastic bag, thrown out in the trash, attempts to find his way back to his owner and along the way discovers the world. (18 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
68.
Act Da Fool (2010 Short Film)
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A series of hazy 8mm vignettes, accompanied by a soft, lilting voice over, in which girls skulk around schoolyards, spray graffiti, drink, smoke, pose and embrace, evoking the loneliness, confusion and overwhelming wonder of growing up. (4 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
69.
Mac and Plak (2010 Short Film)
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(27 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
70.
Sorry Film Not Ready (2010 Short Film)
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A short funny self-referential film that is left purposely unfinished. It incorporates experimental animation techniques invisible to the naked eye. (1 mins.)
Director: Janet Perlman
 
71.
Umshini Wam (2011 Short Film)
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Named after the Zulu language struggle song, the compiled shenanigans of an eccentric South African couple with wheelchairs and guns and their attempts to prove they are not to be trifled with. (15 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
72.
Op-Docs (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Umbrella Man (2011)
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Short film documentary about the mysterious umbrella man that appears in the Zapruder film during the assassination of president John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas in 1963, November 22.
 
73.
Fresh Guacamole (2012 Short Film)
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Transforming familiar objects into fresh guacamole. (2 mins.)
Director: PES
 
74.
The Apocalypse (2013 Short Film)
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4 uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea of how to spend their Saturday afternoon. The Apocalypse. (5 mins.)
Director: Andrew Zuchero
 
75.
The American Dream (2010 Short Film)
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An Entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new,and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America Today. (30 mins.)
 
76.
Meat Love (1989 Short Film)
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Two pieces of meat fall in love. (1 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
77.
Exit Log (2014 Short Film)
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(8 mins.)
Director: Gary Freedman
 
78.
La folie du Docteur Tube (1915 Short Film)
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A scientist develops a powder that he believes will have the effect of distorting reality for those who take it. To test its effect tries it out on his assistant, a dog, himself and two young couples. (6 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
79.
To Spring (1936 Short Film)
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Dwarfs greet the coming of spring by manufacturing various bright colours. (9 mins.)
 
80.
Screws (2007 Short Film)
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A man living alone in his apartment, finds a screw on his rug. (10 mins.)
Director: Can Evrenol