If you were quick, you could still see the animated short film, Paperman, online during the Oscars, but now it seems the online versions of ALL the nominated shorts have been removed from the Internet. Wired ran an interesting piece on why they were removed; if you’re not fortunate to catch them at a theater, hopefully they’ll be back online in the future.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy short films. PBS is hosting the 2013 Online Film Festival , running through March 22, showcasing 25 short films on a diversity of subjects. Viewers can vote for their favorites.
The Library also has some short films on DVD as well as books on the topic, including:
Pixar Short Film Collection, Volumes 1 and 2 Short films that changed the face of animation and entertainment. Volume one shows all of Pixar‘s short works from 1986 to 2006, plus an early short from when Pixar was still the computer department at Lucasfilm. Volume 2 features 12 shorts that were released from 2007 through 2012.
StoryCorps Animated Shorts [DVD] Based on the StoryCorps series on NPR which was started by former documentary filmmaker Dave Isay 2003. The shorts are based on three-minute excerpts of interviews from the show.
The complete guide to writing, producing, and directing a low-budget short film / Gini Graham Scott 808.23 SCO A comprehensive step-by-step overview of how to complete and promote a low-budget short film.