We can all agree that 2015 has been a great year for short films. This year, we have been treated to short films that have made more of an impact on us in just a matter of minutes than many feature-length films. And as we prepare for another year of great short films, it’s time to look back on some of 2015’s finest.
We’ve rounded up the best short films of the year, and it looks like there was something for everyone! So, look no further. Here are five short films you might like, based on your taste:
For the Fantasy fan: Foxed! by James Stewart
Foxed! explores what happens when a young girl is kidnapped by a batch of menacing foxes, who force her to work in the mines. When she finally breaks free, Emily finds out that things have changed since she’s been gone. Though the film might seem like a cutesy animation flick at first glance, it features a twist much darker than viewers could imagine. Foxed! also makes a powerful statement that we don’t usually see in cinema. If the idea of watching a dark fairytale in under 4 minutes appeals to you, you can’t miss this one.
For the Sci-Fi fan: Record/Play by Jesse Atlas
In an era when the term ‘sci-fi’ has become synonymous with guns, aliens and explosions, a smart piece of science fiction film-making is a breath of fresh air. Record/Play is a brilliant time travel film that shows us what happens when some tapes start recording more than just audio. Through the film, we travel through an all-new world – one that is very different from our own. And the journey turns out to be unforgettable!
For the Drama fan: Tsunami by Sofie Norgaard Kampmark
Everyone has their own unique way of dealing with loss. Tsunami, a brilliant animated short, shows us how one man copes with his grief after losing his loved ones in the tsunami. He finds solace in his encounter with a magical sea spirit, and what follows is a poignant, heart-rending exploration of grief and tragedy. Tsunami, which is reminiscent of Studio Ghibli’s productions, is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys meaningful animation.
For the Comedy fan: Don’t Call It a Comeback by Ramin Serry
We enjoyed Loveless, and we know you did too. Director Ramin Serry found an unusual solution to his problem of not enough people watching his film. He made a short film sequel to Loveless, of course. Don’t Call It a Comeback follows Andrew’s misadventures in Manhattan, as he tries to take his date to the next level. Only, things don’t go as smoothly as he anticipated.
For the Action fan: The Butterfly Effect by Dan Sumich
We’ve all felt the consequences of The Butterfly Effect at least once in our lives. This short film shows us how one man’s morning is ruined because of a butterfly flapping its wings (literally!). What follows is an enjoyable and action-packed, if slightly simplistic, short film. Yes, The Butterfly Effect might not have an award-worthy plot. It is, however, an entertaining film for every action buff.