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Festival winners are - strangely - not always great short films but across these pages are some of the best short films that have won major awards.


Next Floor by Denis Villeneuve (2008) (Canada) (11m)

After winning a disgustingly large number of awards, Denis put his film Next Floor on vimeo in late 2013. Being a vegetarian, my take on it may differ from others but in Next Floor we find eleven pampered guests gorging on all manner of beasts while a host of waiters stand by. Their gluttony has a consequence, captured in brilliant visual effects and defying the laws of physics. Denis has since made the feature films Incendies and Prisoners.


The Chubbchubbs! by Eric Armstrong (2002) (US) (5m)

Written by Jeff Wolverton and directed by Eric Armstrong, The Chubbchubbs! won the Best Short Animation Oscar in 2003 and was nominated for a BAFTA the same year. The Chubbchubbs! was the first short animation film produced by Sony PIctures Imageworks (SPI) and helped positiion SPI as both a special effects company and an animation studio (now Sony Pictures Animation) but its feature films have failed to dent the dominance of Pixar and Dreamworks.


Sniffer by Bobbie Peers (2006) (Norway) (10m) *

Sniffer was written and directed by Bobbie Peers, a Norwegian filmmaker with a string of short films under his belt. None have proved as successful as Sniffer, which won the Palm d'Or for the best short film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. It is an unusual but beautifully shot tale, set in its own grey and apparently gravity-free world, about a man who works as a sniffer (watch it to find out!) and dreams off escaping the leaden boots that hold him down.


Soft by Simon Ellis (2007) (UK) (14m)

Simon Ellis won the International Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2008 with his great short film, Soft. It is the gritty story of a son and father tormented by a gang of vicious, 'happy-slapping' youths, but with neither being brave enough to fight back. Simon Ellis went on to make the feature film, Dogging: A Love Story, in 2009 but scored less success with this film.

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