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Top 10 Short Films of 2009

Playlist / December 27, 2009


It’s been a great year for online films which has made it tough for us. Nevertheless, all of us here at Short of the Week have banded together to bring to you the official top 10 online films of 2009. Like a well-balanced meal, there’s a little bit of everything: comedy, drama, animation, and plenty of stuff too difficult to categorize. One thing is for sure, you’re certain to find a gem. So sit back, refill your eggnog, and enjoy the best films of 2009.

Duration: 103 min


Drama about Reality in 3D Animation
Jérémy Clapin / 13 min / France
A meteorite encounter causes a man to exist 91cm from himself in this beautifully haunting illustration of a self-destructive mind.
Fantasy about Conquest in Stop-Motion
Adventurous tale of a navigator's journey to save his ailing wife set in a beautiful world of Victorian science-ficiton.
Sci-Fi about Growth in Live-Action
A.J. Bond / 14 min / Canada
A young time traveler is confronted by an arrogant and hairless future version of himself—the winner of Short of the Week's Gut Check Competition.
Drama about Childhood in Live-Action
Alicia Duffy / 5 min / UK
At a major moment in her life, a young girl encounters an unknown man outside her house, in this ambiguous, poetic film.
Musical about Redemption in Live-Action
Brandon McCormick / 15 min / USA
A dispassionate master of the stage is brought to see the magic around us every day.
Adventure about Perseverence in Stop-Motion
Tomas Mankovsky / 3 min / UK
A fun, simple story of a man's adventure getting home all animated in life-size, stop-motion with real people and bizarre objects.
Dark Comedy about Revenge in Live-Action
It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.
Experimental about Abuse in Animation
Stephen Irwin / 3 min / UK
Tragic story of a dog's trail through abusive owners told through a series of cascading flip books.
Fantasy about Loss in Animation
A dark, animated fantasy pulled off with style and panache. The Musicians of this cat-town have disappeared, sacrificed to the infernal Cat Piano. Our world-weary hero must fight to get them back.
Documentary about Life & Society in
Laurie Hill / 7 min / UK
The humorous requests received at a photographic archive are the fodder for this splendid animation.
Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.
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  • Andrew S Allen

    This is a great playlist for people looking for quality online films. Runners up included: I Live in the Woods, Handmade, To Build a Home, and Turbo. Thanks to all the fantastic writers who sifted through the 112 films to find these 10 gems.

  • marc

    Very cool animation… you are truly an inspired fellow flip book lover.

    From your friends at Flippies

  • steven

    Isn’t “The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello” a bit older?

  • Jason Sondhi

    It sure is, 2005 to be exact. Our Top Ten list refers to the top 10 films we highlighted on the site in 2009, out of I think 116. Besides, I believe that 2009 marked the debut of the film in legitmate form online, when it was selected to the YouTube Screening Room.

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  • Farzin

    Gorgeous site!
    Here is where I was looking for recently…

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