R'ha by Kaleb Lechowski

This was a solo project. All computer animation and design was created by Kaleb Lechowski during the first year of his studies. Thanks to Dave Masterson for voice acting and Hartmut Zeller for sound and music.

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The Gate by Matt Westrup

95% of the human genome is composed of redundant gene sequences. They appear to have no known biological function. Could a chance event reactivate them? Genetic freaks wander the streets courtesy of irresponsible pharmaceutical companies.

Contact Information: joyriderfilms.com

Oceansize by Students
of Supinfocom Arles

Oceansize (english subtitles) is a short 3D movie made by 4 students of Supinfocom Arles in 2008. An animation film by Romain Jouandeau, Adrien Chartie, Gilles Mazieres and Fabien Thareau. English Caption by FD (Taucher002)

Contact Information: oceansize-lefilm.com

The Archiver by Thomas Obrecht and others

A pilot, travelling through space, returns from a mission. A Film by Thomas Obrecht, Guillaume Berthoumieu, and Marc Menneglier. Music by Rurelien Marini. Voices by Jean-Francois Moran. Sound FX & Mixing by Stephane Dudzinski (www.sd-music-creation.com).

Contact Information: multiple contacts at YouTube link.

Unearthed by Dalang Films

On the edge of space, a mining ship, The Ezekiel, finds an uncharted planet that reveals signs of a possible fuel resource. Two crew members undertake a mission to the desolate rock to take samples for later analysis. The mission goes well until they unearth a dark and terrifying truth.

Contact Information: dalangfilms.com

The Best of Sci-Fi Short Films Online

There is a vast talent available online where creative individuals have showcased their hard work, perhaps in hopes to attract the attention of film or gaming companies. Many of them are a one person project, so even a five minute short of any quality is an incredible task. A few bring in a couple or more outsiders to add music and/or voice overs, or live action characters. Nevertheless, even with this assistance, the bulk of the presentation rests on the shoulders of the individual or team.

We reviewed dozens of these videos from individuals or team or even upstart film enterprises, and selected the shorts that were real standouts. Some may be stories that have been exhausted in cinema already, or perhaps acting performances were rough, but we give them credit for whatever specialty they were showcasing.

When you view that many videos, you can get past the not quite so professional acting, otherwise it would be impossible to make a Best-of list. You have to be forgiving of acting limitations considering major film projects often give a lion's share of their big budget to the top of the line actors. These no-budget film makers simply don't have that level of resources.

On a less forgiving note, one of the most common patterns we saw, was the exhausted story device of a few guys with high-tech looking guns chasing and/or shooting each other in the woods or some present day downtown scenario. There's tons of these type of short films all over the internet that are pointless, just grown-ups playing a kid's army game and slapping the sci-fi label on it simply because they used futuristic looking weapons.

Then there are a few where cinematography, or quality effects, or unique story - the film actually had a message, that caught our eye. Some contact info for the artists is provided or you can click their YouTube link for any applicable contact informaton. Click on the images to play the video.

The Gift by Carl E. Rinsch

Directed by Carl E. Rinsch, 'The Gift' Belongs to the "Parallel Lines" Phillips Cinema company. Filmed in Russia, The Gift is a Sci-Fi short with a savage chase sequence. We made more than 20 full CGI shots for the short.

Check out the animated pictures to see how it has been done. We also made the vehicles and some characters designs. We enjoyed creating such an unusual atmosphere and sense. Not the regular Sci-fi film we are used to seeing.

Contact Information: facebook.com/Vuxicon

Archetype by Aaron Sims

Archetype is a short science-fiction movie by Aaron Sims about a combat robot named RL7 that starts malfunctioning as it starts to experience memories of its past life as a human.

20th Century Fox is believed to have obtained the rights to the movie, intending to make a full feature-length motion picture.

Contact Information: enizr.com

Tears of Steel by Blender Foundation

Tears of Steel was realized with crowd-funding by users of the open source 3D creation tool Blender. Target was to improve and test a complete open and free pipeline for visual effects in film - and to make a compelling sci-fi film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The film itself, and all raw material used for making it, have been released under the Creatieve Commons 3.0 Attribution license.

Contact Information: tearsofsteel.org

Entrada by Danny Dunlop

In the future, a last-ditch mission to evacuate a dying Earth and save the human race has failed, leaving only one survivor trapped on board her isolated chamber of the USS Santa Maria.

Hovering just above the atmosphere with no way to communicate with Earth, Patient 0337 awakes from a cryonic sleep and searches for answers while grappling with the possibility that she may be the last human being alive. Written and directed by Danny Dunlop. Entrada is an award winner of multiple film festivals including the London Short Film Showcase and more.

Contact Information: blackwavefilms.com

ROSA by Sketchozine

ROSA is an epic sci-fi short film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. From the destruction awakes Rosa, a cyborg deployed from the Kernel project, mankind's last attempt to restore the earth's ecosystem.

The short-film was created entirely by young comic-artist Jes�s Orellana with no budget during a single year. Since it's world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, ROSA has been an official selection at film festivals around the world such as Screamfest, Toronto After Dark, and more.

Contact Information: sketchozine.com

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