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Best Short Films of 2012

There are exactly 12,458 short films made every year. That number is a grossly inaccurate estimation, but the point is, there’s a hell of a lot of short films out there. The classic calling card for would-be career directors, the mistress keeping a feature filmmaker’s attention, the proof that a left field concept can work.  These brief motion pictures can pack an incredible punch, and in the world of the internet, they are everyday finding their place among the throne room of distraction entertainment that can be safely smuggled into a cubicle or a school desk. After watching close to 3,000 shorts this year, roughly 260 were chosen for our Short Film of the Day feature, so the idea of culling that list down to 12 seems both staggering and like something that violates the Eighth Amendment. The whole “Everyone’s a winner” schtick is something we all know isn’t true, but if you made it onto the site at all, you’ve got something that thousands of other movies don’t. With that in mind, here are the shorts that shined above and beyond those that survived the final cut. You’ll find a security team overwhelmed by monsters and sarcasm, two robots with immense humanity, a bit of comic book ultra-violence and a whole lot more.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Smartly shot with an engaging lead this short film from Takashi Doscher brings a story literally to life. In it, an author consumed by writing his next novel ignores the real world at his own peril, and when his work bleeds into reality, he’ll have to deal with some severe consequences. It flashes with a noir sensibility and style but manages a lot of humor without crossing the line into parody. With subtle nods and a nice mirroring technique, it’s clever work that’s got a great eye for location, art direction, and camera work. What will it cost? Only 7 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.

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