24 Dec 2017

Best of 2017 - Short Cuts Edition

According to my 'movie diary', I've seen over 300 short films this year, from fashionable mysteries and hand-manipulated Super 8 experiments to music video-like fantasies and highly condensed creature features. Hereinafter, I present the selection of 50 recent (and pretty diverse) works which are sorted by the release year and alphabetically, one title per director or directorial duo.

Note: (A) stands for animated.

Color TV, No Vacancy

1. DisneyWorld (Michael Woods, 2011)
2. CTIЙ ! (Cyrille Drevon, 2011)
3. Zugang (Sebastian Wiedemann, 2011)
4. The Audition (Celia Rowlson-Hall, 2012)
5. The Capsule (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2012)
6. Color TV, No Vacancy (Daniel Brown, 2013)
7. No Signal Detected (Péter Lichter, 2013)
8. The Voice Thief (Adan Jodorowsky, 2013)
9. Choban (Matija Pisačić, 2014) (A)
10. Dans la joie et la bonne humeur (Jeanne Boukraa, 2014) (A)

Notre Dame des Hormones

11. Ille Lacrimas (Scott Barley, 2014)
12. Tzars of Eros (Susu Laroche, 2014)
13. La misma piel (Eduardo Casanova, 2015)
14. Medea Redux (Antony Sandoval, 2015)
15. Notre Dame des Hormones (Bertrand Mandico, 2015)
16. Paris Now! - Saint (Dexter Navy, 2015)
17. Peripheria (David Coquard-Dassault, 2015) (A)
18. Piano (Kaspar Jancis, 2015) (A)
19. Solar Soliloquy (Garrick J Lauterbach, 2015)
20. The Space Between Us (Marc S. Nollkaemper, 2015)

Decorado

21. Wild Creatures (Rene Zhang, 2015)
22. Alchemy on the Amstel (Janja Rakuš, 2016)
23. Blight (Christopher Goodman & Kate Walshe, 2016)
24. Chika, die Hündin im Ghetto (Sandra Scheissl, 2016) (A)
25. Decorado (Alberto Vázquez, 2016) (A)
26. Estate (Ronny Trocker, 2016) (A)
27. Montañas ardientes que vomitan fuego (Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado, 2016)
28. Myth (Manfre & Iker Iturria, 2016)
29. Plena Stellarum (Matthew Wade, 2016) (A)
30. Reino (João Monteiro, 2016)

Inside McGill Inside My Head

31. Scavengers (Joseph Bennett & Charles Huettner, 2016) (A)
32. The Brym (Seth A. Smith, 2016)
33. The Quest for Cine-Rebis (Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais, 2016)
34. Merzfrau: Portraits of the Muse, Anna Blume (Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian, 2017)
35. Coelho mau (Carlos Conceição, 2017)
36. DaemonRunner (Kiah Roache-Turner, 2017)
37. Inside McGill Inside My Head (François Blouin, 2017)
38. La Bouche (Camilo Restrepo, 2017)
39. La Nuit Je Danse avec la Morte (Gibaud Vincent, 2017) (A)
40. Là où je vis (Sarah Baril Gaudet, 2017)

Of Tides / To Distill

41. Lira's Forest (Connor Jessup, 2017)
42. Of Tides / To Distill (Courtney Verwold, 2017)
43. Pisces (Cody Fern, 2017)
44. Purple Dreams (Murat Sayginer, 2017) (A)
45. Prelude to Phantom Islands: Jungle Formula (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2017)
46. Quarantine (Kojo Tanno, 2017) (A)
47. The Crying Conch (Vincent Toi, 2017)
48. The Ningyo (Miguel Ortega, 2017)
49. Vibrato (Sébastien Laudenbach, 2017) (A)
50. Yasmine (Raghed Charabaty, 2017)

Honorable mention:
Short films by EFS - In the (Avant)Garden of EFS (btw, this is all-time most popular article on the blog)...
... and a few retro shorts:
De fördömda kvinnornas dans (Ingmar Bergman, 1976)
Nocturna Artificialia (Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1979)
Turtle Dreams (Ping Chong, 1983)
Dead People (Roger Deutsch, 1984)
Orpheus and Eurydice (Lesley Keen, 1984) (A)
Le film à venir (Raúl Ruiz, 1997)

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