Your Film Festival

Why Watch? In partnership with the Venice Film Festival, YouTube’s Your Film Festival sought to find the best storytellers in the world and give them a platform on the video-sharing site. Yesterday, after thousands of entries and a Ridley Scott-narrowed group of 50 semi-finalists, a winner was announced. David Victori will win $500,000 to go toward crafting original online content with Scott and Michael Fassbender. His short, The Guilt (La Culpa), is an ice-blooded revenge film with absolutely arresting camerawork. It uses tricky visuals to deliver a psychologically consumed protagonist and a purgatorial subtext that’s never too heavy-handed. In short, he’s one to watch, and he has the last name to prove it. What will it cost you? Only 12 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Grant Jordan‘s short film takes a common dramatic twist and twists it to great effect. Sympathy for a Dreamer tells the story of a man beleaguered by the loss of his wife who takes trips to the park with his son for a special, therapeutic reason. While the acting is slightly stiff from the adults, the kid here is an adorable ball of dynamite, and the overall sense of the film is a calm sort of sadness that promises hope but doesn’t feel too glad about it. Strong camera work buoys it, and the story shines through delicate writing. What will it cost? Only 8 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? In an effort to make the everyday terrifying, director Victor Miralles has created a sparse view from underground in Metro. Who knew passing through the turnstiles could get so Kubrick-ian? It’s a subway designed by M.C. Escher’s evil twin. Quiet, disturbing and endless. What will it cost? Only  minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films

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