4. Carn

Wolves seem to be a dominant theme this year (go figure), and in Jeff Le Bars’ striking animation we meet a young boy lost in the frozen wood who meets a den mother who offers her life for his. Dreamlike and aggressive, it’s a powerful piece of storytelling.

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3. Mission

Profoundly moving and beautifully shot, this short from Mark Buchanan focuses on a father who fails out of a Mars mission. He goes a little crazy, and his son has to keep their lives together while struggling at school.

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2. ABE

Creepy robots, man. As we get into the Google Glass age, they’re going to overtake all the classic monsters as the main purveyors of our nightmares, and Rob McLellan absolutely nails the unnerving atmosphere of chilling romance with this obsessive, forward-looking short.

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1. Cargo

After almost a year, I still can’t get this short from Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke out of my mind. Particularly now that zombies are so overplayed, it’s amazing to see the innovation some can find within the genre, and their story of a bitten man desperate to save his infant daughter is as harrowing as it is heartfelt. If you’ve never teared up during a zombie flick, this may be your first.

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