Before Martin Scorsese
became one of the greatest directors of all time there was “The Big Shave
.” Before Taika Waititi
directed a Marvel movie and won an Oscar for “Jojo Rabbit
” there was “Two Cars, One Night
.” Before Andrea Arnold
and Lynne Ramsay
become two of our best working directors there was “Wasp
” and “Small Deaths
.” Most great directors start their careers with a great short film, several of which IndieWire
has rounded up below for your streaming pleasure.
Of the selection below, short films by Andrea Arnold, Taika Waititi, Nacho Vigolando, and Marshall Curry
all landed Oscar nominations in the Best Live Action Short Film Category. Both Arnold and Curry won the Academy Award for their shorts in their respective years. For Scorsese and Darren Aronofsky
, the shorts below served as breakthrough moments as film school students at New York University
and the American Film Institute, respectively.