30 Best Short Films You Can’t Afford To Miss

With the growth of internet short films, stories have become popular. People tend to watch these movie and it has also become a well-known platform for the story-tellers. These films are made with the motto of giving a meaningful lesson in short duration and in limited budget.

Short films are also a way for upcoming filmmakers and strugglers to show their talent on small screen and test it before moving to big screen.

For you, we have searched through the number of short films and made the list of best short films ever made. Have a look at it and let us know which one you feel is the best. ​

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Best Short Films - List of Top 30 Award Winning Short movies 

1. Speed Dating by Isaac Feder (2007) (USA) (8m) - One of the best short film

With the advent of new competition, when we look back at the People’s Choice winner Speed Dating is a great movie, a romantic comedy about Greg. He has recently broken up with his girlfriend and is trying out speed dating.

He meets head on with numerous ridiculously irreconcilable women until one fine day he meets with a girl who is different from rest of the women and she is interested in having a truthful conversation with Greg. Is this the girl for which he was waiting? With a wonderful narration and acting, short films can’t be better than Speed Dating.

2. Rate Me by Fyzal Boulifa (2015) (UK) (17m)

Rate Me is the movie which has been played at Cannes film festival and various other festivals too, while grabbing numerous awards along its way.

Rate Me presents mystifying arrangement of various possibilities of a woman’s nature and identity who is being rated by numerous customers claiming to have used her services.

This short film showcases that how difficult it is to identify the truth in this online world. The confusion is, are these punters talking about the same person?

3. Yardbird by Michael Spiccia (2012) (Australia) (13m)

The title of this short movie refers to the heroine of this picture, who lives on the scrapyard of her father. It is soon discovered that she has some special powers of healing and telekinetic.

One fine day when she sees a group of teenage boys torturing a cat, she decides to save the cat by using her powers on those boys.

Despite being aware of the girl’s powers these group of boys decides to take revenge and comes to her scrapyard. Bad idea boys.

4. The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs (2014) (UK) (7m)

The Bigger Picture has won the BAFTA for Best short film Animation. It was also nominated for an Academy Award and the Palm d'Or at Cannes.

A unique mix of 2D and 3D animation is used to tell the story of a boy struggling to take care of her elderly mother.

On the other hand, his career oriented brother is more focused towards his work. The movie was made by Jacobs while he was studding at National Film and Television School.

5. Best Man by Freddie Hall (2016) (UK) (4m)

The 12th Filmsshort Competition is won by Best Man. It is a story of a man who is going to marry a beautiful woman, and wants his best friend Patrick to be his best man at his wedding.

The only condition is that if Patrick is to be best man, his foremost task will be to take Donald out of his marriage, which is incongruous. Patrick is now convinced that Donald has lost his mind. When the bride-to-be arrives, Patrick faces some problems.

6. Bus 44 by Dayyan Eng (2001) (China) (11m)

Bus 44 ((Che si shi si, 车四十四 ) is written and directed by Dayyan Eng and is one of the best short movies of all time. It is one of those movies that question the existence of human race.

A bus travelling through rural place in China is boarded by some robbers, who turn their attention towards female driver.

But the question is who on the bus will put themselves in risk in order to help her out of this situation? Bus 44 was mentioned honorably at the Sundance Film Festival.

7. Rabbit and Deer by Peter Vacz (2013) (USA) (16m)

Rabbit and Deer (Nyuszi és Öz) is one of the best short films and a big hit on the festival circuit. This was made as his graduation film, which tells the story of Rabbit, a sensitive female, and a Deer, a confrontational male.

Both of them live in harmony until one day an dispute breaks out and Deer sees the possibility of third dimension.

He soon becomes obsessed with searching new 3D world and enter it. This puts further stress to their relationship. Will he be able to find 3rd dimension and will their relationship work out?

8. Piper by Alan Barillaro (2016) (USA) (6m)

Piper won the Best Short Animation Oscar in 2017 with the support of entire Pixar team.

It is a sweet and lovely film based on piper (bird) learning to feed on the beach, and with the help of crab she discovers that there is a better way to pinpoint the food.

The computer animation is beautifully done and a faux documentary camera style gives it a feel of practicality.

9. Soft by Simon Ellis (2007) (UK) (14m)

Soft won International Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2008.

It’s one of the best short films with gritty story of son and father, who are under attack by a gang of ‘happy-slapping’ youths. However, none of these two people is brave enough to fight back. However, conditions change and they finally see a ray of hope.

Simon Ellis has perfectly depicted the relationship between the father and son in this short movie.

10. Thirst For Fury by Wiebe van den Ende (2016) (Holland/Brazil) (6m)

Thirst For Fury (Sede de Furia) is one of the latest short films with wonderful and uncomplicated black comedy.

A woman returns home after a successful business trip and is eating dinner with her boyfriend.

Regrettably, her boyfriend makes a brutal confession to her related to her sister. The worst part is that the woman has been withholding the dark truth too.

This one of the top short films has many hidden secrets in it and portrays many things related to this unconventional relationship.

11. Bypass (2003) (India) (15m) - Award winning short film

This is one of the most popular Indian short films casting Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as leads. The film is set in the arid region of Rajasthan and is directed by Amit Kumar.

The film has no subtitles and dialogues but it only depends on the performances of the acclaimed actors and is also rich in cinematography.

It was made in 2003 when these two actors were struggling to make their mark in film industry.

12. Rastaa (2011) (India) (3m)

Shot with Canon 550D and screened at MAMI 2011, the short film Rastaa is a story of two boys who are beggars on the streets of Mumbai. The amazing story line is directed by Digvijay Chauhan.

This movie narrates the life incident of these boys at a traffic signal, where both of them struggle to survive.

13. That Day After Everyday (2013) (India) (21m) - One of the best indian short films

This movie is made under Large Short Films by Anurag Kashyap. This Radhika Apte’s short film became popular in no time after release and, the story focuses on the eve teasing and molestation issues.

Anurag Kashyap is known for narrating gritty issues of modern world in very skillful manner, and he provides the viewers with many grey shades too.

This film is written by Nitin Bhardwaj and has the ability to make you stick to it till the end.

14. Black Mirror (2011) (India) (4m)

This Hindi short film is directed by Adi Burman and narrates the story of an orphaned boy, Ranu, who lost his parents in a bomb blast.

He now roams in the city of Mumbai driven by hunger and the motto to stay alive.

The story will lead you to the dark side of metro city through his viewpoint.

15. Little Terrorist (2005) (India) (15m)

This movie was nominated in award winning short films category for Academy Award in the year 2005.

The story is written and directed by Ashvin Kumar and tells about an innocent Pakistani boy, who crosses the border and reaches India in order to take back cricket ball.

The story follows his way back home.

16. Tubelight Ka Chand (2013) (India) (9m)

With amazing music and sound this film takes you back to your childhood days. With almost negligible dialogues the film does great by keeping the audiences absorbed.

The lead hero of this short movie, Master Mohammad Shariq, does a commendable performance and will make you remember those good old days.

The wonderful performance makes it one of the must watch Hindi short films.

17. Migration (2010) (India) (17m)

This is one of the best Indian short films which is directed by the renowned film-maker Mira Nair and is written by Zoya Akhtar and Vishal Bhardwaj.

The story focuses on the sensitive issue of AIDS and how people react to it.

The start cast includes some famous personalities like Irrfan Khan, Shiny Ahuja and Raima Sen.

18. Afterglow (2014) (India) (19m)

This is one of the national award winning short films on family values at the 60th edition of the awards.

Afterglow is a tragicomedy, which narrates the story of Parsi widow who has lost her husband and many visitors come to her in order to offer mock sympathy.

Watch this film directed by Kaushal Oza, which will give you new viewpoint about the family values.

19. Ahalya (2015) (India) (14m)

This YouTube Bengali movie directed by Sujoy Ghosh a famous producer and director of film Kahaani, shows the conceptualized version of Ramayana in this short film of 14 minutes.

The start cast of this movie includes Radhika Apte and Bengali actress Soumitra Chatterjee.

The time when this movie was shot, a particular scene created a lot of buzz in social media. The epic thriller is definitely a must watch from the Radhika Apte short film list.

20. Whats in a Name?  (2011) (India) (7m)

This is one of the best telugu short films. The story is basically a conversation of two different minded people, which changes their life.

At the end one is left confused and has his beliefs questioned as the argument ends.

21. Why so Serious? (2010) (India) (7m)

This telugu short film revolves around 4 friends. three of them are seriously trying to help the fourth person to get out of a predicament.

All of them have different point of view and they think that their approach towards problem is the best.

What happens next can only be known after you watch this movie. 

22. Ontiganta (2011) (India) (12m)

This short film in telugu narrates the story of two unknown people meeting at odd hours. While one is waiting for someone, other person is in search of lighter.

As the conversation proceeds they get to know about each other. What happens next can only be known by watching movie.

23. i2 (isquare) (2012) (India) (17m)

The path to success is never easy. You have to face some problems while you move forward. The hero of this movie due to the conflict with the love of his life has to choose between his passion and a job.

While struggling something weird happens and he is introduced to the death.

The turns in this movie makes it one of the most famous youtube short films in telugu.

24. Nayantara's Necklace (2015) (India) (20m)

This short movie is about friendship between two women from different background. The film is directed by Jaydeep Sarkar and it shows the aspirations of the middle class woman and depicts the reality which is not visible with the naked eye.

The film will keep you bounded because of its detailing and the strong classification told in this short film.

The film has various film stars including Konkana Sen Sharma and Tillotma Shome as leads.

25. EL'AYICHI (2015) (India) (5m)

The film is shot by director TTT and stars Bollywood actress Nimrat Kaur.

Watch this movie because of its hilarious scenes and fascinating storyline which is rare to come through Indian cinema.

26. Naamkaran (2014) (India) (17m)

This short film is directed by Konkana Sen Sharma.

The story narrates about the lifestyle of pickpocket, and the actress has done good research to fit in the skin of pickpocket’s character.

The movie is crisp and clear compact, making it a must watch short film.

27. That Sunday (2015) (India) (15m)

This short film was officially nominated for Cannes.

The story is about a woman who gets raped and the argument that follows after this disturbing incident. I would recommend you to watch it as it is surely going to surprise you.

28. Ekaki (2013) (India) (24m)

Watch this Bengali movie online on YouTube directed by Kaustav Debnath.  The movie won award at Kolkata International Film Festival.  

The story revolves around 3 friends and their depressing life. Kev uses his camera to see the past and as his eyes. JJ has a depressing story because of dysfunctional family and Dev is a party freak whos' life is incomplete without Kev and JJ. 

The film depicts the loneliness that creeps in their lives in various forms and situations.

29. The Wedding Saree (2015) (India) (15m)

This Hindi short movie is a quest of a woman  and mother to live her dreams. Sapna tries to resist the thinking of society.

But her dreams are turned into nightmares post marriage, and the reaction she gives. 

The movies that shows how a woman is treated in a male dominated society and is known by her man's identity and looses her own name and identity.​

30. Chai (2013) (India) (11m)

The movie directed by Geetanjali Rao narrates the story of four immigrants in the sequence of montages.

This short movie shows the modern day complications involved in the life of people living in metro cities.

More than story, Chai offers you a different perspective of life that you cannot forget.

​Many of these movies have won awards for their direction and story.

There are many short films released every day. But films listed here are the gems. You can start by watching these award winning short films and then search many others in-case you feel like watching more.

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