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5 Short Films That Will Make You See Life in a New Light

Updated on January 6, 2011

Poignant and heartwarming inspirational short films that you can watch online.

The best short films are ones that make you ponder for hours, even days on end. Positive stories that broaden your mind and allow you to see a fresh new perspective on life. Touching stories that make you reflect and push you towards becoming a better person and leave you feeling like a million dollars. Fortunately I have just the list of uplifting, inspirational and motivational films and they are short enough for you to watch right here, right now.

If you can spare just 40 minutes of your time to watch all of these films right this moment, that would be fantastic.

Below are the five short films that inspire, uplift and encourage. Aside from the fact that they are wonderfully-crafted gems everyone must see, they are all under 20 minutes long and can be watched online thanks to Youtube, right here on this very page.

The short film playlist: Signs / Marry Me / Clocktower / Wrong Side of the Bed / Validation

This Squidoo lens was awarded a Purple Star on Sept. 28, 2010, what an honor! Learn more about the Purple Star Program by clicking on the link.

Uplifting short film #1: Signs - A very sweet romantic film.

Where do you find love? If we knew, we would all know where to look.

Sometimes all you need is a sign.

Signs is a heartwarming short story about two people working in opposite office towers who communicate and eventually find love by holding signs up to their respective windows. It was created by Publicis Mojo and @RadicalMedia and is a 2009 Cannes Lions winner. The story is very engaging and the chemistry of the actors and their performances are superb. When I was watching it, I barely noticed the passage of time and couldn't wait to see what will happen in the end.

Director: Patrick Hughes

Written by Patrick Hughes, Karl Fleet & Nick Worthington

Uplifting short film #2: Marry Me - A cute and charming little love story.

Little girl likes little boy. Little boy likes BMX bike. Something has to give.

Marry Me is a cute love story about a young girl who likes a young boy and a young boy who likes his BMX bike. The film is based on a true story of director Michelle who, at 5 years of age, would chase her crush Jason Mahooney around the school in a pretend wedding dress (her mother's nightie). This is an adorable short film that captures the innocence of childhood, and the children's acting is very believable. Women viewers will love the ode to girl power somewhere towards the end.

Director: Michelle Lehman

"Marry Me" is the 2008 Tropfest Australia Film Festival winner

The World's Greatest Proposals - A collection of wonderful, real-life proposal stories

If you don't want to commit the same mistake as the little girl in the previous short film, learn from real-life couples as you read personal accounts of their beautiful marriage proposal and engagement stories.

The World's Greatest Proposals: 75 Stories of Love, Creativity and Spontaneity
The World's Greatest Proposals: 75 Stories of Love, Creativity and Spontaneity
In a recent Internet contest, Fred Cuellar (a.k.a. "The Diamond Guy") offered a beautiful, sparkling diamond in return for the most hilarious, creative or inspirational proposal story. As a result, he received thousands of wonderful engagement stories and has collected the best here in The World's Greatest Proposals. A perfect shower gift, this beautiful little book will bring tears of joy, love and laughter to everyone who knows what it means to find the love of their life.

Uplifting short film #3: Clocktower - A quiet, heartfelt and moving film.

A clockwork girl learns her true purpose in life, and her ultimate sacrifice to save her clockwork world.

The Clocktower is a short animated film that was actually created as a thesis project. It is about a clockwork girl who lets go of her dreams in order to make her world function normally again. It's a very sad and touching story, yet it makes us think of how one person's anonymous selflessness can make a huge difference in many others' lives.

Created and animated by Cara Antonelli

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein - A poignant tale of unconditional love.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender and touching story that warms the heart and offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
"Once there was a tree ... and she loved a little boy." So begins a story Of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. This is a classic, both touching and poignant because it can be interpreted and reflective of real life in many ways.

Uplifting short story #4: Wrong Side of the Bed - A clever film that plays on alternate realities.

Normality takes a turn on his head when Mr Average Joe suffers a very unlucky day when he gets up on the wrong side of the bed. Will he manage to get back on the right side of life or will he be doomed to suffer bad fortune for the rest of the day?

In Wrong Side of the Bed, a split screen shows us the same character having a great day on one side, and a much worse day on the right. The opposing realities collide somewhere down the middle and ends in a pleasant, unexpected twist. It reminds me a bit of the 90s movie Sliding Doors (which I love, incidentally).

Director: Daniel Lucchesi

Sliding Doors (1998), a movie by Peter Howitt - Exploring the "what if"

A movie comparing reality to a what-if scenario. Sometimes it's fun to daydream about what could've happened if you took the other path on a fork life presents you.

Sliding Doors
Sliding Doors
A romantic comedy centering around a woman living two different lives as she explores alternate scenarios of love and lifestyle. The film tackles modern relationships, the choices encountered daily and the intrigue of the road not taken.

Uplifting short film #5: Validation - A delightful film that revolves around the importance of knowing you are appreciated.

Validation" is a fable about the magic of free parking

Validation is an independent short film about, well being validated. It talks about the importance of encouragement and motivation, of letting someone know that that he or she is doing something right. It's 16+ minutes long, the longest by far on this movie list, but please trust me, this is absolutely worth watching.

Starring TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis

Writer/Director/Composer: Kurt Kuenne

Winner - Best Narrative Short, Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Jury Award, Gen Art Chicago Film Festival, Winner - Audience Award, Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film, Winner - Crystal Heart Award, Best Short Film & Audience Award, Heartland Film Festival, Winner - Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award, Williamstown Film Festival, Winner - Best Comedy, Dam Short Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Film, Sedona Int'l Film Festival.

Did the short film "Validation" make you feel good? - Now it's your turn to validate someone and make him/her feel good too.

Have you ever thanked someone just for being who they are in your life, for no particular reason at all? Saying thank you is a great way to say you care without having to say it at all. Go ahead and send a special message of appreciation to someone you love today.

Customizable cards you can use:

In the following 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" -- to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn. The most wonderful stuff! - Dr. Seuss

Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn. The most wonderful stuff! - Dr. Seuss
Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn. The most wonderful stuff! - Dr. Seuss

Your thoughts on this lens are most welcome too.

I hope you enjoyed these inspirational films as much as I did. - Do you have anything you'd like to show me? I'd love to see it.

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    • TapIn2U profile image


      6 years ago

      Loved Signs! Thank your for introducing that short film to me. What a motivating lens! Very much enjoyed the videos, too. Great job! Sundae ;-)

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      6 years ago

      the sign video is great

    • Scindhia H profile image


      6 years ago from Chennai

      Good list.. Will watch them.

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      6 years ago

      Leo's a short film made in the late 60's. if you're having a pity party, watch this'll immediately feel more grateful. Totally inspiring!

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      7 years ago

      Amazing short films to enjoy anytime! Each short film had an inspirational touch that I enjoyed. I want to also inform that San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFF) 2013 is Oct. 4th-6th. Come join us for film and fun!

    • redtailvision profile image


      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens!!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. I'm currently looking for good short films to watch.

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      7 years ago

      I truly love the film of "signs" everyone needs a partner, so be that person people may love by loving others.

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      7 years ago

      you check this one too on youtube

      7 o'clock Short Film Winner

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      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for posting these!!!

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      I'm stopping by here on an official Thanksgiving Quest to thank someone who has helped us by leaving a note on a lens we love. This seems the perfect lens and you seem the perfect person, Cynthia! I know you are not much on Squidoo these days, but you have been a continual inspiration to me with your beautiful lenses, always an interesting read and presented in an appealing way.

      I also want to thank you for your support during our time together on Squidoo. You've been a calm and thoughtful person who I could turn to for good advice behind the scenes.

      I greatly admire your many talents and it makes me happy just to see your work, as well as motivating me to keep learning and working hard.

      Thank you too, of course, for the wonderful avatar that you created just for me. :) You are one of Squidoo's hidden treasures. In the words of the Quest, "Thanks Pal!"

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      8 years ago

      Its the little things that seem to have the biggest impact on our lives it seems!

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      8 years ago

      This is great! I'll be watching these tonight...thanks for sharing!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      9 years ago from Canada

      The Giving Tree has been my daughters favorite book since she was little. Great selections.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done; thanks for the introduction to these films.

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      9 years ago

      You are amazing.

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      9 years ago

      I so love the short film "Validation." Thank you for a wonderful lens about uplifting short films.

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      Sensitive Fern 

      9 years ago

      I only have time to watch the first one now, but I loved it. Great idea for a lens! I love how you put everything together.

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      9 years ago

      You might want to check out the Indian short films Continuum and Right Here Right Now at

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I'm looking forward to reading every single one of these!

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      Indigo Janson 

      10 years ago from UK

      I came right back on a brand-new pair of wings to give this lens the big shiny *~*~ Angel Blessing *~*~ that it deserves! :)

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      10 years ago

      You know WordCustard is blogging about you:-). That's how I got here and so glad I did! Haven't watched the films yet, but headed back up now. That first one caught my eye and heart.

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      10 years ago

      Excellent lens! I love your positive attitude and everyone needs a lift.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I will be watching these very soon. They sound great.

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      smange lm 

      10 years ago

      It's a little dark, but I think you might also like "More" by Mark Osborne. Definitely makes you see life in a different (positive) light afterwards.

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      Holley Web 

      10 years ago

      I watched Signs. I didn't have time to watch them all but it truly was heartwarming and actually brought a tear.. maybe two :) I love the way you have set the scene for us and given people a chance to have a smile. Thank you!

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      10 years ago

      I love the way you worked this lens. And loved the plots you wrote regarding those films. This is once again the kind of lens I really enjoy reading!

      Congratulations on your hard but beautiful work!


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      Edit Photos 

      10 years ago from Earth

      Nice lens - not your run of the mill movie lens and not your run of the mill popular everybody has heard of them movies! I will have to check some of these out.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      10 years ago from Quezon City

      @indigoj: Hello and thank you *so* much for your kind words and the validation! (; These films are definitely worth sharing and I'm really glad you sat through all of them.

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      Indigo Janson 

      10 years ago from UK

      *applause* I followed your advice, and watched every single one of these - am I glad I did! Fantastic selection of short films, none of which I had seen before. Sometimes (but not often) I wish I had an extra star to award. This is one of those times!


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