The Internet has provided a platform for lesser-known filmmakers to present their work to a mass audience. This is clearly beneficial, but it can be daunting and time-consuming for the average person to search for the right film. This is a shame, however, because some of the best content can be found in cyberspace by creative individuals who aren't yet controlled by the studio system. On the web, filmmakers from around the world are releasing short films to express themselves and to garner a wide audience. Each month, we're going to present 10 of the best short films that you can watch online immediately. Below are our picks for February 2014 (click the title of a film to watch on YouTube or Vimeo).
Who made it: Ole Christoffer Haga
What is it: A charming animation about a man and a dog.
How long is it?: 7 minutes and 20 seconds
Who made it: Bowie Alexander
What is it: A fake documentary about a ghost machine.
How long is it?: 12 minutes and 13 seconds
Who made it: Francesca Coppola
What is it: A powerful short about the relationship between a father and daughter.
How long is it?: 15 minutes and 5 seconds
Who made it: Ayu Dwi Astiti
What is it: An adaptation of the song/short story "Oh I Never Know" by Sarasvati.
How long is it?: 10 minutes and 23 seconds
Who made it: Lewin Fitzhamon
What is it: A silent film about a man with an uncontrollable sneeze.
How long is it?: 5 minutes and 45 seconds
6. Long Branch
Who made it: Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart
What is it: A short about a one-night stand with a poignant twist.
How long is it?: 13 minutes and 42 seconds
7. La Robe
Who made it: Romain Claris
What is it: The making of a dress.
How long is it?: 3 minutes and 58 seconds
8. Big Man
Who made it: Julius Onah
What is it: A story about two brothers growing up in Nigeria.
How long is it?: 14 minutes and 5 seconds
9. Raw Love
Who made it: Martin Deus and Juan Chappa
What is it: A romance between two high school friends.
How long is it?: 14 minutes and 32 seconds
Who made it: John Strong
What is it: A thriller about a man with a secret.
How long is it?: 9 minutes and 57 seconds