Let our traditions continue! We’re back with our 5th edition of the year’s Top 5 trailers. As you know, we strongly believe that the trailer is an art of its own, and we love the passion people bring to their project. We are ecstatic to see filmmaker’s finding the true value of having a quick trailer – even for a short film. As usual, our judgement comes from the trailers alone, without any influences from the actual films, and scored based on originality, creativity, editing and story, but most important, the overall selling point to the film!

Enjoy our Top 5 short film trailers of 2016, gathered from our Featured Trailers.

5. Max Payne: Retribution

We always love to highlight fan films on Film Shortage, especially when they look pretty awesome. Leroy makes the Max Payne short film look pretty cool in this action packed trailer.

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4. Laserpope

The views and opinions expressed in this trailer are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions at Film Shortage. There, the disclaimer is out of the way, we can safely say that this trailer is pretty awesome on so many angles. Besides the loads of action and humour, it’s simply just really fun! It’s also very NSFW.

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3. De(con)struction of Love

This one cheats a little as it mixes two short films into one trailer, but being part of a themed series, we love how it all neatly folds together. Theme wonderful shots draw up the best of romance and drama, along with some psychological thrills!

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2. PanicRoom #13

The iffy thing about PanicRoom, is that it’s not really a trailer for a short film – or even for a film as a matter of fact. But Guido Ekker’s trailer has absolutely everything we look for in a trailer, a teasing storyline, great music and absolutely gorgeous cinematography. The PanicRoom is PostPanic’s bi-annual inspiration evening held both in Amsterdam and around the world. With high-profile, creative industry speakers and an audience hand-picked to represent the best in Amsterdam’s creative community, the evenings have achieved cult status worldwide with tickets much sought after. Needless to say PostPanic are the creators of Sundays, the winner of 2015’s top shorts, and this year’s punk sci-fi marvel: Lost Boy.

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1. Batman: Death of a City

Here it is, the most thrilling trailer of the year! Batman: Death of a City was featured as a Crowdfunding Campaign back in February, where it unfortunately failed to achieve its goal – which was a big surprise to us since the trailer really took us on a suspenseful ride! Dark, teasing along with a superb soundtrack turn this fan film into a desiring marvel, all this without seeing the bat! Well done Nic, we still hope to see the film completed one day!

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Bonus Must-See Trailer

A few trailers did not make the top 5, but definitely deserve a high mention.