COMEDY SHORT FILMS - 6

Four more of the best comedy short films made over the last few decades


Validation

Validation by Kurt Kuenne (2007) (USA) (16m)

Validation is a fabulous romantic comedy that could rightly be placed in the romance or comedy sections. Written and directed by Kurt Kuenne, it is a modern-day fable about a guy who is validating parking tickets but also validating the customers by giving them compliments. He likes to see people smile but the one girl he wants to make smile more than anything appears to be a lost cause. A slightly mawkish ending is outweighed by its general awesomeness.


Social Security by Peter Smith (2011) (UK) (2m)

Sociel Security by Peter Smith was a finalist in the very first FILMSshort competition in 2011 and won the award for best animation at the reed.co.uk short film competition that year. It is a simple idea well executed, with a low-key, dry and rather British sense of humour. It is narrated by the newcomer to an office job while a series of images depict his words with amusing and ever-increasing complexity.

Social Security

Bob's Birthday

15 CertificateBob's Birthday by Snowden & Fine (1994) (Canada/UK) (11m)

Bob's Birthday won the short animation Oscar in 1995. By David Fine and Alison Snowden, it is an amusing look at modern life (it is as relevant today as it was then) and how the best laid plans can go horribly wrong. It is dentist Bob's 40th birthday and his wife has organised a surprise party. Unfortunately, Bob returns home in a depressed mood and takes off his underwear while his party-guests are still hiding and waiting. Will they get the chance come out?


15 CertificateOffside by Eraz Tadmor & Guy Nattiv (2006) (Israel) (7m) *

A great short film from Israeli filmmakers Eraz Tadmor and Guy Nattiv. Set on the border between Israel and the Palestinian territory, two Israeli soldiers are patrolling the fence while listening to the World Cup Final on a portable radio. They then come across two Palestians armed with machine guns and a tense stand-off is turned into black comedy as the both sides pause listen to the football...

Offside

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