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More Winter’s Tales: Short Films for the Holidays

By Robert Repass

Winter is here again, bringing with it shorter, colder days (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway). Combine that with lots of holiday-mandated family time, and you’ve got some good reasons to bundle up with loved ones (or just a cozy blanket) and watch this selection of seasonal short flicks, gathered from the far corners of the Internet. Don’t have time right now? Not to worry—we’ll be here waiting, ready whenever you get tired of that public access Yule log channel. Happy Holidays!

As with our other film festivals, some of the shorts on our list are nice, but a couple of them are just a little naughty. Preview them before deciding to show them to the kids!

COME TOGETHER

‘Tis the season for giving…and, well, advertising. Wes Anderson and Adrian Brody teamed up on this short—so good you forget it’s an ad. (Length: 3:52)

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A STRANGER THINGS CHRISTMAS            

Enjoy a bit of winter chill in this upside-down animated mashup, as the kids from Stranger Things find themselves in the Peanuts universe. (Length: 3:15)           

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TANGHI ARGENTINI

Andre, an office worker, is desperate. He’s looking for a miracle and a tango instructor—and he has just two weeks to make some magic happen. (Length: 13:48)         

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A CLOUDY LESSON

In this family-friendly animated short, a master cloud maker tries to teach his grandson the tricks of the trade—and learns something in return. (Length: 1:57)

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POLISH CHRISTMAS

This is a short montage about some traditions of the Christmas season in Poland. And it even includes a bonus language lesson! (Length: 2:37)

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CURMUDGEONS

Nothing is nicer than spending time with the family—especially when it includes a pair of foul-mouthed curmudgeons, as in this comic short by Danny DeVito. (Length: 16:50)

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ONE MAN’S WALK IN THE SNOW CREATES A GIANT MASTERPIECE

Artist Simon Beck creates a masterpiece in a field of fresh snow with just a pair of snowshoes. (Length: 6:02)

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FANTASTIC HOLIDAYS AND HOW TO EXPLAIN THEM

From the makers of A Stranger Things Christmas: Newt’s magical mind is sent spinning like a dreidel when he learns something new about the Goldstein sisters. (Length: 1:31)

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THE STAVES: WINTER TREES

This beautiful video for the song “Winter Trees,” by the Staves, was created by Aardman Animations. The description includes links to making-of videos. (Length: 3:41)

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WINTER

This short is a poignant and somber look at two lives that briefly cross, one cold winter morning, before continuing on in very different directions. (Length: 6:21)

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MISTLETOE

Romance is in the office air: Brian realizes that he may have feelings for the new receptionist after she gives him a sweet holiday gift. (Length: 9:06)

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JANUARY IN JAPAN

There are many nicely made personal travel montages films on the web these days—here is one about a couple’s trip to Japan. (Length: 7:12)

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REMOTE

Things get a little out of control when a young boy tries to operate his new gift from grandma—a remote control car—in this animated short.  (Length: 2:07)   

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GRIDLOCK (FAIT D'HIVER)

In this Academy Award–nominated dark comedy (not for kids), a snowstorm and bumper-to-bumper traffic are the least of a man’s problems. (Length: 7:01)

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We hope you enjoyed our collection. If you would like to get tips on making your own short films, check out our tutorials on using Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and Audition.

If you make a short, let us know (in the Comments section), and you might make one of our future lists. Happy New Year!