So here we are ending our first year at Film Shortage, we might not have had a full year yet, but we certainly have plenty to choose from for our top 10 short films of 2012! Looking back at our featured shorts since our launch back in July, we are extremely proud of the quality in films selected, feels like our list would be a top 30 list on any other short film site!

Here is our list of our favorite shorts voted by all of us here at Thank you for all the continuous support and the infinite number of shorts submitted, we look forward to 2013 with such enthusiasm and hope to see you there!

Don’t miss our Top 5 Short Film Trailers of 2012!

Happy New Year, enjoy and keep on filming!

Number 10 Short

Broken Cycle

by Clifton Archuleta

Our number 10 spot is given to Broken Cycle directed by Clifton Archuleta for this simple, yet perfectly flowed story. Although all first timers, the cast pulls together strong emotional performances to create a most realistic sensation of tension.

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Number 09 Short


by Mo Twine

Another short emphasized on a simple story with great first time acting. This film uses awkward humor to win its spot in the top 10, the low budget and high quality result proves to all the a film can be made with a few bucks.

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Number 8 Short


by Ryan Connolly

The master of DIY filmmaking Ryan Connolly released his short film ‘Tell’ this year. The film is almost flawless visually and technically, and could of easily grabbed a higher spot in our countdown if it wasn’t a 30 minute film.

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Number 7 Short

(Notes On) Biology

by Ornana

We loved this short cause it brought us back directly into our daydreams in our classrooms. Creativity brings this short at our number 7 of the year, stop-motion at its best.

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Number 6 Short

“032” Canadian Affair

by Thibaut Duverniex

Fantastically original film that will leave you floating in time. Created by Thibault Duverniex from Departement and Antler Films, the film was originally meant as a music video, but once dropped it was turned into a short.

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Number 5 Short

A Standard Story

by Beth Riesgraf

We love magical fantasies, and this short brings us right into our dreams. Created by Leverage star Beth Riesgraf, this was her first attempt at directing her short film. A Standard Story is one of five short films created as a collaboration between WeSC and The Standard Hotels.

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Number 4 Short

The Killing Joke

by Sebastian Lopez

Certainly one of my all-time favorite shorts, The Killing Joke has the perfect blend of everything to create a wonderful atmosphere around a short story, between aesthetics, CGI, acting and music, it leaves your imagination wondering until the very end!

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Number 3 Short


by Joey Ciccoline

How do you get in the top 3? Make us think we are watching something else! 88:88 caught us by surprise with its intense build-up of not knowing what is happening and why the character is doing what she is doing, I’ll let you watch the film to find out what it is. Other than that the film is extremely well crafted in every way, from acting to editing, with an embellishing soundtrack.

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Number 2 Short

Grand Theft Auto: Rise

by Gevorg Karensky

Hello action! Car chases, gun shots, fantastic cinematography… We all loved the game, and Gevorg brought it to the small screen. All brought together by a talented team of CGI artists who put countless hours of editing, to give the film a video game feeling in a real world. Exceptionally entertaining!

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Number 1 Short

The Secret Number

by Colin Levy

Finally, the best short film of 2012 on! Congratulations to Colin Levy and the entire team of The Secret Number for bringing us this absolutely fantastic short!

Every aspect of the short film makes it a well-deserved top movie of 2012. So much work and effort was put into this film and it shows graciously in the end result, from acting, to editing, decor, lighting, visual effects and most importantly – well scripted!

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Our choosing process was a hard one, with so many outstanding short films to chose from. We would like to congratulate not only our top 10 selection, but everyone who has been featured on in our amazing first 6 months, for their amazing and unique films! Thank you for sending us your films, and hope to see many more of them in the coming year!

Another thank you to our amazing viewers, followers and fans! We will reward you in 2013 with non-stop mind-blowing short films once again!

Happy New Year!