December 2019 marks not only the end of another year at Short of the Week, but the end of our first complete decade sharing the very best short films online. We’ll wrap-up the best short films of 2019 in our annual S/W Awards soon, but for now you can delve into our team’s favourite picks from our December coverage.

This final month of the year saw; record-breaking short film Hair Love arrive online, the Sundance programme released and the Oscar shortlists announced. We also spoke to industrious producer Loran Dunn (The Pig Child, Lambing Season and Marina and Adrienne) about her involvement in the #MOREFilms4Freedom programme and what we can expect from the three shorts films commissioned.

Featuring a BAFTA-winning stop-motion that perfectly portrays the complexities of a relationship in just seven minutes, a refreshingly authentic take on the coming-of-age story and a doc that seemingly touches on every hot-button issue in current American society, these are our favourite films from S/W’s December coverage:

Documentary Leslie Tai

My American Surrogate

China’s elite and infertile are flocking to Southern California to hire American surrogates to have their babies for them, and Qiqi is there to help.

Drama Anushka Naanayakkara

A Love Story

Two characters, cocooned in their love, go on a heart breaking journey of self discovery in this BAFTA winning stop-motion short

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