What are the best short films on YouTube?

Sometimes a film doesn't have to be feature length in order to convey its message. A story can still be powerfully told even if it lasts for only a few minutes. Here are some of the best short films that can be seen on YouTube. Know one? Go ahead and add it! 

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    #1In a Heartbeat

    In a Heartbeat

    In a Heartbeat is a computer-animated short film written released on YouTube on July 31, 2017. It was directed by Esteban Bravo and Beth David and produced by Ringling College of Art. It tells the story of a closeted boy and his crush. 

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    Anthony McDonald
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "This is one of the most wonderful Youtube short films I have ever seen. The two boys made me cry. I'm a straight guy but this animated short really speaks a lot about how we all just really deserve love no matter what our sexual orientation is. Powerful and profound message delivered in only 4 minutes. This should have at least been nominated in the Academy Awards! "
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    #2Paperman

    Paperman

    Paperman is a 2012 American black-and-white traditional animated romantic comedy short film directed by John Kahrs, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards. 

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    Sharon Feng
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "Paperman is one of the most popular short films on Youtube. It shows a meet-cute between a lonely New York guy and girl on their morning commute on the subway. The animation is stunning- a beautiful mix of traditional and computer-generated imagery. The story is precious and really cute. No wonder this won an Oscar for Best Animated Short. My favorite short! "
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    #3Stutterer

    Stutterer

    Stutterer is a short drama film starring Matthew Needham, Chloe Pirrie, and Eric Richard released in 2015. It was written and directed by Benjamin Cleary, and won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2016.

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    Israel Jaramillo
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "One of the best short films on YouTube! You'll just feel all warm and fuzzy after watching it. I also appreciate how this short raises awareness on those who are suffering from fluency disorders. You may have a stutter but that doesn't mean you are not worthy of being heard! "
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    #4The Music Box

    The Music Box

    The Music Box is a black and white comedy short film starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Dinah. It was directed by James Parrott and was written by H.M. Walker. This film won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1932.

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    Bruce Hall
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "Old but gold! A hilarious comedy classic. Laurel & Hardy will always be my favorite comedic duo ever. The Music Box will make you want to laugh, cry, and kill Stan and Ollie! The ending is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. One of the best short films ever! "
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    #5Lights Out

    Lights Out

    Lights Out is a 2013 Swedish supernatural horror short film directed, produced and written by David F. Sandberg and starring Lotta Losten. It was later adapted into a feature-length film of the same title by the same director. 

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    Crystal Barnett
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "Lights Out, the award-winning horror short film, traumatized me the first time I saw it! The remake will never replicate the sheer terror this short was able to accomplish in a span of 3 minutes!"
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    #6Toyland

    Toyland

    Toyland is a short drama film starring Julia Jäger, Cedric Eich, and Tamay Bulut Özvatan. It was directed by Jochen Alexander Freydank and written by Johann A. Bunners. The film won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2009.

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    Amber Schultz
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "Toyland is politically-charged and extremely moving. It's a short film that shows the kindness and resilience of some people and the blind cruelty of others. This is not a fun short film to watch, but it is great nonetheless. "
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    #7Sing

    Sing

    Sing is a Hungarian short drama film that features Zsófia Szamosi, Dorka Hais, and Dorka Gáspárfalvi. It was written and directed by Kristóf Deák, and won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2017.

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    Miriam Palma
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "In actuality a very deep short film presented in a charming and cute fashion, with a lovely message of inclusion. Truly deserved the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film that it won. A must watch! "
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    #8The Gunfighter

    The Gunfighter

    The Gunfighter is a 2014 Western comedy short film directed by Eric Kissack. It stars Shawn Parsons, Nick Offerman, and Scott BeehnerThe short features a scene in a saloon where a disembodied narrator chides the characters into a Mexican standoff. 

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    Austin Wood
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "Now, this is how you break the fourth wall! A very meta short film that's smartly-written and laugh-out-loud funny. Original, brilliant, mad, funny, GENIUS! One of the best short films of all time!"

Summary

Best What are the best short films on YouTube
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1In a HeartbeatMovies 21 Free
2PapermanMovies 13 Paid
3StuttererMovies 8 Paid
4The Music BoxMovies 4 Paid
5Lights OutMovies 3 Free
6ToylandMovies 1 Free
7SingMovies 1 Paid
8The Gunfighter Movies 1 Free
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