As you might have noticed, this year we dispense with what has our been our traditional year-in-review Top Ten list (examples here) in order to highlight even more quality deserving content than that stale format allows. The SotW Awards are the result, and last week, after surveying an incredible year’s worth of short film picks, we presented our favorite Animation, Live-Action and New Media pieces of 2011. Today we present category winners, a short collection of what we feel is the best of the best, including our Overall top short film of 2011. Enjoy, discuss, share!
It’s hard to bestow any praise on David O’Reilly that hasn’t previously been delivered 100 times over. He is our most acclaimed independent animator of recent years. Why? O’Reilly’s shocking, juvenile, but also deeply humanistic POV has many admirers, however animation is a visual form, so O’Reilly’s formalistic innovations must be strongly credited as well. He has been the man to lead animation through a conceptual blockage—3D animation was being dominated by commercial aesthetics. Did you make Pixar-style animation or video-games? O’Reilly did neither, instead showing a virtuosic understanding of animation’s principles, he deconstructed 3D to the point of absurdity. The External World is the most perfect distillation of his creative overabundance: brash, crude, overflowing with characters, jokes, emotions, sensations. Perhaps the mostly carefully-considered animation of the year is paradoxically a chaotic mess, and we love it.
Thanks for following along with our awards presentation! A reminder, don’t forget to check out the other SotW Awards winners within the individual categories of Animation, Live-Action and New Media. Also come back tomorrow as we host a virtual roundtable with the winners of the SotW Awards, picking their brain on the state of online short film, and the influence of the web on their careers. Now, without further delay, 2011’s SHORT FILM of the YEAR.