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Top Ten short films of 2010


My SVKM IB film student Altamash Jaleel, passionate, sincere and talented young boy  was researching short films and sent me this great site which has some lovely short films. I could not resist sharing it with you all.  Do visit the website mentioned below where you can view the complete films and much more.


‘Short of the Week’ (Website)

Another year gone by, and what a year it was for short film online. This is the fourth year we’ve done this top 10 list, and the selection process was more difficult than ever. We recommended over 150 excellent short films on this site in 2010 and while the exclusions were excruciating, with this list, we’ve produced our strongest lineup yet.

Short of the Year: Winner!


Plastic Bag 20 votes, average: 4.45 out of 520 votes, average: 4.45 out of 520 votes, average: 4.45 out of 520 votes, average: 4.45 out of 520 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5

Drama about  Nature in  Live-Action
Ramin Bahrani / 17 min / USA

Werner Herzog gives voice to a plastic bag’s existential crisis. A very unique and powerful filmmaking statement by celebrated director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart).

The thing you’ll notice about the films this year is that they’re heavy. This is a lineup of emotional powerhouses. Heartbreaking, passionate, poignant; these are films not content to conform to the sometimes desultory expectations that come with being “short”—these are great films that manage to equal, if not exceed, the emotional weight of any feature.

Some rely heavily on splendid visuals like Pivot, which produces the finest action sequence in all of visual media this year, bringing back rudimentary polygonal styles to celebrate with joy that other dimension of animation—movement. Or Nuit Blanche, a film of enormous romantic lushness, that, amidst the rise of fashion films, might have been the year’s most fashionable.

Others explore the hidden world of the heart with a heartbreaking aplomb: the exquisite depiction of confronting one’s “Big Bad Wolf” in Old Fangs, or the headlong rush of a relationship’s lifetime in Please Say Something, both, like Bottle, telling all too human stories via non-human characters.

On the other hand, a few on this list explore abstraction and seek to connect us with what is universal. That’s what Between Bears accomplishes, the concept of the journey tied close to the epic and the mythic;  creating images of such power, one cannot help but connect it back to its country of origin. The Third and the Seventh‘s resolute appreciation of beauty likewise is food for the soul, its simple being a tribute to transcendence in Art.

Even the films that seem at first most conventional, with quaint things such as “actors”, prove to be anything but. D-I-M: Deus Ex Machina, aside from its amazing special fx, is a stirring call to arms for defiance in the face of oppression, and Frank Dancoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer…well let’s just say that “conventional” is not an apt term for this geekily indulgent masterpiece.

However there has to be a film that wears the crown, and this year, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that film proved to be Plastic Bag. This film encompasses all the qualities above and more. Its lovely cinematography was stirring, its exploration of an interior worlds going through existential crisis, bravely true. It connects us to sensations that are mythic and epic, yet in its environmentalist message seeks to embrace us all in a consciousness of our shared community and planet. All this in a flick about a plastic bag. It is the most amazing short film of 2010.

Thank you all. Enjoy this list and we hope to see you in 2011! As always your comments, reposts and tweets are appreciated. Check us out on Facebook and follow our newly launched Twitter account.


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This post has helped me a lot to discover on various short films…

Comment by Ashish Hegde

Ashish, 🙂 GREAT

Comment by oorvazifilmeducation

i have seen this movie and also his Chop Shop. he is a great directors some critics call him future scorcese!!!

Comment by Siddhesh

Great Siddhesh. Happy you are finding the blog interesting !

Comment by oorvazifilmeducation

Anything about films is interesting 🙂

Comment by Siddhesh

So you mean to say there is nothing special about this blog ?

Comment by oorvazifilmeducation

No!! i dint mean it like that!!! Your blog is very informative and helpful for me and others who are interested in films. I am sorry for that comment, i obviously did not mean that there is nothing special about the blog!

Comment by Siddhesh

My Dear Siddhesh, I know you did not mean it that way, was just a bit sensitive that day, and thus the comment! Take care. Keep in touch. Will get back to you about your films soon.

Comment by oorvazifilmeducation

Thank you!!!!
When is the MAMI film festival held?

Comment by Siddhesh

Siddhesh, the MAMI film festival was from 13th – 20th October 2011

Comment by oorvazifilmeducation

will it be during the same period next year?

Comment by Siddhesh

Siddhesh, it should be around the same time next year. This is their website, I assume they will update the dates when its closer to the event next year

Comment by oorvazifilmeducation

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