The whole title of this brilliant animation is The Facts In The Case Of Mister Hollow. Co-directed by Rodrigo Gudiño and Vincent Marcone, it is one of my all time favourites. Canada brings us the best animation with this deceptively simple short horror flick. It is apparently based upon a real-life photograph from the 1930s (although I am awaiting confirmation), while its title references The Facts In The Case of M. Valdemar, a short story by Egdar Allen Poe.
The 2004 Oscar winner proves the success of longer short films for most of the last decade. However, it is to its credit that Two Soldiers does does not feel particularly long. Set during WWII, it is a touching account of a young boy who wants to join his brother in the "war at Pearl Harbour". It's very American (was 9/11 a factor in its win?) but a great performance by Ron Perlman (aka Hellboy) makes you more likely to cry than anything else by the end.
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.
Room 8, made through the Bombay Saphire Imagination Series, won the 2014 BAFTA despite appearing to take a lot from Delivery by Till Nowak. However, it is a beautifully made and mind-bending short film in its own right, in which an Englishman is dragged into a Russian prison cell and his cellmate advises him not to open a box on the bed. Of course, he opens it and must face the consequences...