Jason Sondhi / NYC
Co-Founder & Managing Editor / @jasondhi

In 2017 I fell back in love with shorts. I’d spent 2016 in a bit of burnout—after close to 5 years on Vimeo’s Staff Picks team, the daily grind of watching had started to take its toll. As i took on new management responsibilities, and lead new initiatives here at S/W, I was busier than ever and it was getting harder and harder to bring myself to click that play button

I left Vimeo in 2016 however, and took a nice break from watching. I didn’t check my Vimeo feed for 9 months! I went to film fests of course, but with our team here bigger than ever, I let our capable crew of curators, lead by our editors, Ivan and Rob, really take over on submissions. I wrote a lot still, but focused more on strategy, industry news, and macro trends.  

2017 was a new year though. Refreshed, I jumped back in to the fray, scouring the world’s festivals, and digging deep for undiscovered gems. It was great! That euphoric feeling of watching a filmmaker nail that mysterious confluence of premise and execution brought me joy again. That sense of pride of sharing an under-seen or under-appreciated work came back in full force. 

Looking at my Top Ten list, I’m thankful to note that I love each of these films, and how they reflect my tastes and philosophy regarding shorts. They are each conceptually strong—some like Backstory or Happiness do so in huge sweeping ways, others like Unremarkable or Curve by being intimate and focused. Even those that are more character-based develop through strong themes that comment on our world—films like I Know You From Somewhere or Hot Seat, which tackle sociology and psychology through the frames of the internet and sex—and they pull it off in ways that seem downright important. 

We featured more shorts than ever before on the site in 2017, and yet, somehow, I think the overall quality was also higher than ever before. Amidst a pessimistic period for feature films, and with TV coming down from it’s Golden-era hype, it doesn’t feel like we need to champion short film any longer. The form will always need critics and curators, but the appeal is increasingly evident to more and more people, and the quality undeniable. 


Jason’s Top 10 Shorts of 2017

Dark Comedy Andrew Fitzgerald

I Know You From Somewhere

A young woman incurs the wrath of the internet after inadvertently becoming a viral sensation.

Drama Jared Anderson


A woman is shot and killed. What happens to her next is extraordinary in its ordinariness

Dramedy Anna Kerrigan

Hot Seat

Teenaged Andrea uses a male stripper to gain the respect of cool girl Daphne. Based on a true story.

Drama Joschka Laukeninks


The fast and terrifying progression of one man's life, filled with joy, sadness, and tragedy. He experiences it all on the roller-coaster of life as he gets older, and older, and older...

Documentary Patrick Bresnan

The Rabbit Hunt

In the Florida Everglades rabbit hunting is a rite of passage for young men, practiced since the early 1900s. The Rabbit Hunt follows a family as they hunt in the fields of an industrial sugar farm.

Satire Steve Cutts


Dripping with the acidic commentary that is his trademark, Steve Cutts releases his latest animation, sure to go viral. The story of a rodent's quest for happiness and fulfilment.

Comedy Nicolas Ménard

Wednesday with Goddard

Winner of Best Animation at SXSW 2017, a personal quest for spiritual enlightenment leads to romance and despair.

Comedy Kevin Lim

Whispers Among Wolves

Every Wednesday, an alcoholic CEO and her PA sit down to business. But tonight, old wounds will reopen and their co-dependency will come under scrutiny.

Documentary Jesper Dalgaard


Two transient young men break into an empty church by the sea to form a blood pact: to get rid of their childhood demons and escape the cycle of anxiety and authorities. “It’s not goth to be afraid of darkness”, they agree.

Horror Tim Egan


Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss, a girl tries to cover the few feet back to safety without losing purchase and falling to her death.