Every month, the Vimeo Curation team finds the best short films on the internet and serves them up on a silver platter, a.k.a. the Best of the Month series. For a bite-size taste of essential watching, we present this playlist of our faves. Sit back, press play, and enjoy!

1. “Above the Noise” by Aaron and Lwany Smith

The idea that men and women are incapable of accomplishing the same feats in sports is old and tired. However, there are still many people out there who haven’t gotten the memo. In “Above the Noise,” Aaron and Lwany Smith took rude comments about female skaters and laid them over footage of women kicking butt on skateboards. The result is as empowering as it is maddening. 

2. “Righteous Energy” by Maria Constanza Ferreira

Maria Ferreira’s work is like putting on magic glasses that provide a more psychedelic view of the mundane. Ever wanted to take a ride on Willy Wonka’s Wonkatania boat? Grab yourself a chocolate bar and start watching “Righteous Energy,” her second Best of the Month short in recent years. 

3. “The Wrong End of the Stick” by Terri Matthews

You know the classic rock n’ roll song by The Stooges, “I Wanna Be Your Dog”? Combine that with “Love the One You’re With” by Stephen Stills and you get this charming animated comedy from Terri Matthews.

4. “The Absence of Eddy Table”  by Rune Spaans

Based on the comics of Dave Cooper, “Eddy Table” is a leech-filled love story that’s as compelling and creepy as it is stunning. Detailed, disturbing, and dark, it’s one you won’t soon forget. 

(Read more about “The Absence of Eddy Table” in our interview with the filmmaker, here.)

5. “Guinness – Liberty Fields | The Pioneers” by Mackenzie Sheppard

The Japan Rugby Football Union formed in 1926, but it would be another 63 years before an all-women’s team was officially recognized there. This inspiring piece — which was made for Guinness’ Liberty Fields campaign — spotlights a group of scrappy moms who took their love of the game all the way to the 1989 World Cup. 

6. “Nursery Rhymes” by Tom Noakes

Tom Noakes’ “Nursery Rhymes” is a festival favorite that challenges the assumptions of its audience to the max. What darkness could lie behind a classic children’s tune? Revealed in a chilling five minutes, the answer will definitely surprise you. 

(Read more about “Nursery Rhymes” in our interview with the filmmaker, here.)

7. “Jimmy Stofer – The Trembling Giant” by Arina Shabanova

Colorful shapes dance to the sound of a solemn cello in this music video by Arina Shabanova that Matisse would adore. Fun fact: The Trembling Giant is a forest that has one massive underground root system. It’s among the oldest known living organisms.

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