Sci-fi in the short film genre

So this post is about one of my favourite film genres – Sci-fi, but with focus on short films! Here is a little list with some of my personal fovourites. You are more than welcome to comment if you know another great sci-fi shortfilm.

1# Prospect

Prospect is the unusual coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.
This is one of the best short films I have ever seen, definitely worth a watch! It is shot on a Black Magic Cinema Camera 2.5 k with anamorphic lenses. One of the things that makes this movie so cool is the organic feel and use of real props. Check out this behind the scenes video about creation of the steam punk inspired helmet for the bandit.


Set against the space-race canvas of the 1960’s, Anomaly is inspired by the traditional Christmas Nativity and explores, through a modern-day lens, the events two-thousand years ago. It is a story about relationships that intertwine around an unprecedented astronomical event, as a couple navigate life’s realities at a time of unfathomable significance.
This is an amazing crafted shortfilm and well written story. The VFX is stunning as well. Love the vintage color style and film grain, really inspiring. Also check out interesting behind the scenes video.

3# Ambition

The short film Ambition is created in collaboration with European Space Agency to celebrate their pioneer Rosetta mission, which objective is to land on a comet for the first time in human history.
Ambition is a very beautiful sci-fi short and the thing I like most is the color and amazing particle storms – VFX. Also check out interesting behind the scenes video.

4# The Astronaut

The Astronaut is a short film about a stranded astronaut on a strange planet, who has lost contact to earth. It is filming in 2015 and still under production. Looking forward to see the finished film.

5# Hibernation

Joseph is an astronaut set to go where no man has gone in the Universe through the hibernation program. But something is wrong between him and his instructor Claire, and the countdown for the lift-off is on.
A beautiful little love story. Check out behind the scenes.

6# Dr. Easy

Michael is a broken man with a gun. He is surrounded by armed police. A robot with medical training is dispatched to negotiate – but can it save him? Dr. Easy is a prologue for a planned feature adaptation of ‘The Red Men’. Written and directed by Jason Groves, Richard Kenworthy and Christopher Harding.

7# Blinky™

Soon every home will have a robot helper. Blinky is a sci-fi short about the little robot friend Blinky. A surrealistic short film that ends in a disaster. Winner of the Vimeo Narrative 2012. Written and directed by Ruairi Robinson.

8# The Candidate

An underhanded company man is offered assistance by a secret organization that immerses him in forces beyond his control. A tightly plotted short film with a nice plot twist at the end.

Author Bertil Vorre

Bertil is a young freelance artist based in Denmark. He works in various different formats, and have experience with many different cases – mainly Wordpress web design and filmmaking.

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