BEST Short Films!

by gattonero975 | created - 18 May 2012 | updated - 26 Jan 2015 | Public

These on this list are really, really good! Definitely worth watching over and over! Some wonderful talent to watch for here!

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1. The Landing (2013)

18 min | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi

A man returns to the Midwestern farm of his childhood on a desperate mission to unearth the horrifying truth of what landed there in the summer of 1960.

Director: Josh Tanner | Stars: Henry Nixon, David Roberts, Tom Usher, James Kearney

Votes: 283

This short film ,at 17mins, did more in suspense then the whole Mel Gibson film "Signs". Ma n what a twist ending! This is the way that film should have been filmed. With Mel being the grown up 'Edward'. Gibson has the intensity to look like he is crazed and that no one would believe him in the present day.And that no one would believe him that something fell from the sky so many years ago and his father buried it and kept it hushed all these years. It would have been a fantastic story line and film for Gibson. And as the father I would have had Michael Rooker. In fact, I thought it was Rooker when I saw this film! This actor Henry Nixon has the same creepy look and intensity of a young Rooker. I hope these two actors work one day together because they look so alike.

This little short film really had me at the edge of my seat in suspense. And the fact that they used the same farm that was used in the Superman movie made it very unique. A real 1950's/60's look and feel about it. Especially with 'Alien' paranoia at the time.And you can't really tell it's Australia at all passing for the Midwest.

All in all I look forward to seeing more of Josh Tanner's work. I would go watch his film at the theater in a heartbeat! Let's hope Hollywood takes notice of this talented Director/Writer and put him to good use.

2. Cargo (2013)

7 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect his infant daughter.

Directors: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke | Stars: Andy Rodoreda, Alison Gallagher, Ruth Venn, Yolanda Ramke

Votes: 2,014

Never have I ever thought in my entire life a seven minute zombie film would make me cry and think as much as Cargo did. As a caregiver and as an avid zombie enthusiast, it really did it for me.

This short little film at 7mins, had more human element then all of a Walking Dead season!

Tis short flies by really quickly. If anything, it starts out on a high note, and only gains in traction. It gets increasingly devastating as it goes. While you won't realize immediately "what is going on"(what the man is actually doing and why), once you do, it's a fantastic idea, and you cheer in an earnest way that few current productions inspire. Production values are excellent, everything feels real, the Romero-esque setting is entirely credible.

3. Aphex Twin: Windowlicker (1999 Video)

11 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Two stereotypical gangster wannabes try to get lucky with two young women when the man himself, Aphex Twin, interrupts their crude discussion to show off his dancing skills. The women are ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Cunningham | Stars: Aphex Twin, Marcus Morris, Gary Cruz, Marcy Turner

Votes: 1,036

Hoochie: Keep rolling! You ain't got nothing to offer me but your broke ass. And take your momma's car home, *beep*

5. Familiar (2012)

24 min | Short, Horror

Through a series of tragic events, a middle aged man grows to suspect the negative impulses plaguing his mind may not be his own.

Director: Richard Powell | Stars: Robert Nolan, Astrida Auza, Cat Hostick

Votes: 80

6. H-e-n-r-y (2006)

18 min | Short, Drama

Hank meets Henry on the prison basketball court. It's Hank's first day in, Henry's last. Henry challenges Hank to a game of H-E-N-R-Y, a version of the playground basketball game H-O-R-S-E.... See full summary »

Director: William Kruse | Stars: Nate Richert, Owen Beckman, Aaron Eckman, Dennis Steele

Votes: 22

7. P.N.O.K. (2005)

18 min | Short, Drama

Chronicles a day in the life of 2 soldiers on Casualty Notification Duty as they bear the grim news of 3 soldiers killed in Iraq to 3 families back home.

Director: Carolyn McDonald | Stars: Archie Drury, Elle Fanning, Danny Glover, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 36

8. Spider (2007)

R | 9 min | Short, Action, Drama

A young man tries to make things right again in his relationship after he and his girlfriend get in a fight.

Director: Nash Edgerton | Stars: Nash Edgerton, Mirrah Foulkes, Chum Ehelepola, Bruno Xavier

Votes: 2,325

"Theme From Spider" Composed by Ben Lee Performed by Ione Skye

9. The Lost Tape: Andy's Terrifying Last Days Revealed (2004 Video)

R | 17 min | Horror, Short

During the film Dawn of the Dead, the survivors in the shopping mall communicate with a lone man named Andy, who is on the top of a building across the street. This is the footage from Andy's last days.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Bruce Bohne, Nicole Alexandra Lvova, Andrea Adams, Blu

Votes: 695

With this "found" tape footage , we can finally see how Andy last days really fared out. As he was slowly starving and losing his sanity and grip on reality during the zombie apocalypse.

I'm so glad this was included in the "Dawn of the Dead" (2004) DVD Special Features. Because I always wondered how Andy was holding out at the gun shop. I had no idea how bad it was for him over there all alone. I thought he had ample food and drink but it was not till he wrote "Hungry" to Kenneth (Ving Rhames) that it became apparent how desperate the situation truly was for poor Andy.

Excellent short film and kudos to actor Bruce Bohne in his incredible performance of the character Andy.

During the tape's end credits there is a special thanks to Max Brooks. Max Brooks is the author of a book called "Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead" in which Brooks describes very seriously how one should deal with the sudden outbreak of the living dead.

10. The B-Boys (2009)

6 min | Short, Comedy

In bathroom etiquette, you just don't talk to people - ever - especially people in the next stall. Some people need peace and quiet to be able to relax and have "nature" take it's course.

Director: Andrew Nackman | Stars: Todd Nonnenberg, Jay Pennick, Michael Gantz

11. Drunken Freestyle: An Interview with 2Pac (2011)

10 min | Short, Drama

Actor, Poet, Thug, Artist and Drunk. Witness the process of Tupac Shakur as he takes us into the process of recording his track freestyle on Hennysee while sharing his thoughts on life a day before the tragic event that lead to his death.

Director: Damian Bailey | Stars: Damian Bailey, Luigy Chery, Melinda Grace, Ren Humphrey

Votes: 8

12. The Free Speech Zone (2004)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

A fusion of multi-layered polyphonic sampling, heavy, relentless beats, and scorching satire, The Free Speech Zone, a psychedelic Dada/techno opera, is a scathing condemnation of the ... See full summary »

Director: Kasumi X | Star: George W. Bush

13. J.U.L. (2006)

7 min | Short, Comedy

The pulse-pounding fable of a bumbling father who tries to heal the hearts of his children by pretending they're a family of super-heroes. Unfortunately, a super villain named the Bombinatrix takes it a little too seriously.

Director: Michael Benni Pierce | Stars: Mike Ferraro, Keely Flynn, Alli Hartley, Michell Howe

14. Ka Haka-Rongo (2005)


A young Rapanui man reflects on his identity, his past, and his future.

Director: Sergio Mata'u Rapu | Stars: Pi'iali'i Zorn Lawson, Reina Rapu Haoa, Christian Pouoa, Elias Rapu

Votes: 5

15. Page Turner (2009)

14 min | Short, Horror, Thriller

Lisa and Jonathan are on a first date, when they come upon the strangest thing - a night time yard sale. Jonathan buys Lisa an old photo album in which she sees her future and fate if she continues with Jonathan.

Director: Oliver Pearce | Stars: Monica Lee Burland, Jamie Fox, Tom Hoeck, Troy Mittleider

Votes: 14

16. Plot Device (2011 Video)

Short, Action, Romance

A young filmmaker obtains a mysterious device that unleashes the full force of cinema on his front lawn.

Director: Seth Worley | Stars: Ben Worley, Davis Camp, Lydia Campbell, Drew Cole

Votes: 89

17. The S Word (2008)

16 min | Short, Comedy

Freddy Orta has a problem. His girlfriend thinks it's time they "do it." You know... the "S" thing. The passage into manhood that every guy must face sooner or later. But Freddy's never ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Sifuentes | Stars: Juan Alfonso, Rafael O. Calderón, Kikéy Castillo, Estephania LeBaron

18. T Is for Thread (2011)

4 min | Short, Horror

While arguing with her husband from behind a closed bedroom door, a woman accidentally begins removing sutures from a recent face-lift.

Director: Chris Nash | Stars: Robert Calwell, Jay Clarke, Delphine Roussel

Votes: 30