The 12 Best Short Films you can watch online for free (Videos)

Innovative, thought-provoking short films that are free online

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Never underestimate the power of a story to illuminate meaning in this complicated world.

Word-of-mouth stories were our first way of passing on knowledge. They allowed us to inspect ideas, characters, and situations from a safe distance. They served as a reference point and became seared into our minds. Stories continue to contribute to our ever-growing understanding of ourselves, and the world around us.

Stories have since progressed from the camp fire to digital cinematic experience, and now more than ever they take part in shaping our world. Got a few minutes to kill? Here are some of the most innovative short films we have compiled for your viewing pleasure:

2+2=5

A teacher tells his students that 2+2=5.
 

Identity

Living in a world where everybody wears masks due to lack of self-identity, a brave girl encounters the truth that sets her free…
 

Still Life

An extremely unsettling film. A pill-popping driver is passing through a small Canadian town when he hits something.
 

An Interesting Ball

A red ball bounces past a cafe and a couple folks’ houses and then goes to the beach.
 

Black Button

Mr. Roberts finds himself awoken inexplicably in a white room. A man sits before him at a desk and in between them stands a black button.
 

Late Bloomer

A compelling and humorous short film about 7th grade sex education class gone horribly wrong.
 

The Most Beautiful Thing

A love story between two unlikely people.
 

Bus 44

On the outskirts of a small town, a bus driver and her passengers encounter highway robbers.
 

Tsunami

Haru returns home in denial after a tsunami, where he must learn to deal with his loss through an encounter with a magical sea Spirit.
 

Skin

A child taxidermist—an outsider in his small town—is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. But just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything.
 

The Missing Scarf

A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally the fear of death.
 

The Last Time I Saw Richard

In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a connection despite himself.