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As I mentioned here, the other night I showed my housemate and her boyfriend a couple of short films. I really enjoy short films. Sometimes a feature length film can seem quite padded due to the fact that someone had a small idea and producers then said, "great, but now make it last 90 minutes." Short films recognize that the idea isn't necessarily long enough for a 90 minute runtime and it allows them to dive straight to it. An example of this would be the short film titled "Mama":

 

Title: Mama

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 2:43

Description: "Mom" comes back home...

 

 

 

The above example eventually became the 2013 film Mama, and personally I found it quite unnecessary.

 

A few years ago I got together with a friend on a small project for his media students and my friends and family, where basically we started collecting these short films in a Google document. I will post them here over time if there is enough interest, but I thought I would first see if anyone else is interested in creating our own collection here at Neowin.

 

The criteria is simple enough. We classed a short film as being something that was 30 minutes or less - obviously that is a guideline. Using the example above, make sure to include the title of the film, the genre and the runtime. A description isn't necessary - I struggled to think what to write for Mama - but if you can think of something that doesn't give the story away too much it might be useful for others to decide if it might be something they want to watch or not.

 

I'll post two more in the next post since I already mentioned them yesterday, but I look forward to seeing if anyone else wants to jump in!

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Title: 2am: The Smiling Man

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 4:08

Description: A man wanders home at night and meets an "interesting" individual.

 

 

Title: 3am

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 13:03

Description: A man on a solo trip away experiences strange happenings when the clock strikes 3AM.

 

 

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We're off to a good start, I see. Although perhaps horror isn't your thing. That's ok, the genre can be different! It's supposed to be a collection of short films, not just short horror films! For example, perhaps try watching the following:

 

Title: The Gunfighter

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 8:49

Description: In the wild west, a gunfighter walks into a saloon...

 

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I was just about to comment that I love that this has become a horror short film thread 😉

 

Think I've seen The Gunfighter before, and I loved it! I don't have anything to share but will be checking out your posts later today!

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20 minutes ago, dipsylalapo said:

I was just about to comment that I love that this has become a horror short film thread 😉

One for you then, my friend! Just because there was a semblance of interest in the thread. 🙂

 

Title: Dog Food

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 18:17

Description: When a butcher loses his dog, his life starts to unravel...

 

 

As a dog lover, I can empathize...

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Title: The Smile Man (IMDB, 7.4)

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Runtime: 9:41

Description: After a car accident, a man has to live the rest of his life with a smile on his face because of the nerve damage.

 

 

This always makes me smile :) 

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22 minutes ago, Steven P. said:

This always makes me smile :) 

Oh wow! Thanks Steve, that was a great watch!

 

Title: Check Please

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 15:15

Description: In a fancy restaurant, Ben plans to propose to his long time girlfriend, Laura, only to find out that his ring was mistakenly sent to the wrong table.

 

 

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18 minutes ago, Human.Online said:

My new favourite thread!

Well let's keep it going, then! :laugh:

 

Title: The Backwater Gospel

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 9:32

Description: The Undertaker comes to the town of Backwater...but who is he coming for?

 

 

 

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Thanks for not posting only horror - I do not like them and will not watch. At least you posted some drama and comedy so I will bookmark the thread 

 

I used to watch a lot of short movies and clever creative ads then stopped.

 

Are animations welcome to? 

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3 hours ago, Nick H. said:

One for you then, my friend! Just because there was a semblance of interest in the thread. 🙂

 

Title: Dog Food

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 18:17

Description: When a butcher loses his dog, his life starts to unravel...

 

 

As a dog lover, I can empathize...

I've actually seen that one too!

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4 hours ago, RNDM_STRNGR said:

Thanks for not posting only horror - I do not like them and will not watch. At least you posted some drama and comedy so I will bookmark the thread 

 

I used to watch a lot of short movies and clever creative ads then stopped.

 

Are animations welcome to? 

That's a shame, but I understand. After watching 3AM the other night I was a bit unnerved when I was the only one in the house the next night. :laugh:

 

All short films are welcome. Cartoons, CGI, anime...

 

Title: Bitter

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 11:10

Description: A father goes to the pub to meet his daughter's new boyfriend.

 

 

 

Little bit of trivia, this was one of several short films that was released on the PS3 when it was first launched.

 

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Title: Dig Your Own Grave

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 13:47

Description: A hitman drives his target to the desert to dig his own grave before he kills him.

 

 

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Title: The Black Hole

Genre: N/A

Runtime: 2:48

Description: A sleep-deprived office worker accidentally discovers a black hole - and then greed gets the better of him...

 

 

Title: 096

Genre: Sci-Fi

Runtime: 23:45

Description: After a terrifying and deadly monster escapes from the SCP Foundation, Inspector Arlia interviews Doctor Daniels, the man responsible for containing the creature. At first Daniels uses the interview to critique and insult the powerful and mysterious 0-5 Council. However, as Arlia shares the horrifying details of the breach, Daniels becomes more and more fearful of the question everyone wants answered: how, exactly, did this happen?

 

 

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Title: Alma

Genre: Animation

Runtime: 5:29

Description: Alma finds a toy in a shop window that she wants to buy.

 

 

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Title: Curfew

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 19:45

Description: Having reached the lowest point in his life, a self-destructive man on the brink of demise receives an unexpected call from his estranged sister to look after her young daughter for the night. Could this be the beginning of a new reality?

 

 

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Title: Paths of Hate

Genre: Action

Runtime: 10:38

Description: "Paths of Hate" is a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.

 

 

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Title: Pitch Black Heist

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 13:36

Description: Two thieves (Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham) are hired to rob a safe in a pitch black room.

 

 

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Title: Six Shooter

Genre: Black Comedy (emphasis on "black")

Runtime: 26:19

Description: A doctor informs a man, Donnelly, that his wife had died in the morning and brings him to his wife's beside to say goodbye. A sad train journey home leads to an encounter with a strange and psychotic young oddball.

 

 

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Title: Hybrids

Genre: Animation? I don't really know which genre it would fit in to...

Runtime: 6:19

Description: When marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change.

 

 

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I don't know if anyone else is watching these or if I'm just throwing them into the void, but I enjoy watching them and I guess I have somewhere where they're all collected if I want to come back to them some time. :laugh:

 

Title: Final Offer

Genre: Sci-Fi

Runtime: 11:23

Description: A down-on-his-luck lawyer awakes in a doorless room to find he's been selected to negotiate on behalf of the human race.

 

 

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Title: This Time Away

Genre: Sci-Fi

Runtime: 13:23

Description: A bitter recluse (Timothy Spall) receives a visitor to help him cope.

 

 

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Title: Tribes

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 10:26

Description: A group of robbers have trouble deciding who to rob.

 

 

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