Short films are an effective tool for learning, experimenting and honing your skills as a storyteller. They are also a little easier to manage and cheaper to produce than a feature film.
If your goal is to write a great short film, the best way to work on those skills is to watch a lot of great short films, so here’s a list of great shorts you can watch online right now:
Directed by Kate Cox
Emelia and Jeff are an open-minded couple celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary by venturing into the virtual reality world of ‘Vert’ together. Vert presents them with a character that is their ‘ideal self’ and what is supposed to be re-awakening for them as a couple becomes the unearthing of Jeff’s secret.
HE’S THE ONE (2020)
Directed by Jessie Kahnweiler
Girl meets guy and falls head over heels, but a shocking discovery forces her to question everything. A dark comedy about falling in love with the one person you’re supposed to hate.
TWO DISTANT STRANGERS (2021)
Directed by Travon Free & Martin Desmond Roe
In this Oscar-nominated short film, a man trying to go home to his dog gets stuck in a time loop that forces him to relive a deadly run-in with a cop. You can watch it on Netflix now!
Directed by Hana Kazim
A fake exorcist visits the home of a man who thinks his wife is possessed by a Djinn, only to find out that things are not what they seem.
LADIES ROOM (2021)
Directed by Alex Behles & Christine Santora
LADIES ROOM is a film about women in films. It features a group of ladies in the ladies’ room, talking about the things women talk about. If it sounds simple, it’s because it is.
Directed by Various Artists
This is an anthology, a bonus for those looking to go deeper into shorts and see how filmmakers around the world explored the COVID-19 quarantine.
Acclaimed filmmakers from around the world channel their creativity during COVID-19 isolation with this diverse, genre-spanning collection of short films. Watch it on Netflix now!
If you’re still looking to watch more great shorts, take a look at these SXSW shorts available to watch here. Hope these have inspired you to write your own shorts.
Inspired to write a short now? Enter yours into the WeScreenplay Short Script Screenwriting Contest! Next Deadline: May 15th
Julia Camara is an award-winning Brazilian screenwriter/filmmaker. Julia won a Telly Award for the sci-fi found footage feature Occupants. Julia’s feature directorial debut In Transit, won Best Experimental Film at four different festivals. Julia’s other writing credits include Area Q and Open Road.