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Video On Demand - Free

Websites that allow visitors to watch mostly short films and trailers without any charges. Most of these sites stream video at fairly low screen sizes and bitrates. In other words, the quality is low, but you can watch now.


On-demand viewing of over 1,500 film and animation titles ranging from 1 to 30 minutes in length. Streaming speeds up to 300kbs. Note: the site using pop-up advertising and shows an ad before each film.

Aussie Short Films

User contributed short films from Australia. Choice of streaming speeds up to 250kbps for good quality. Can register for free to enable downloading of select short films and steaming up to 450kbps.


Bulletin board style site where independent film-makers post descriptions and links to their projects. Since there is no central movie server, image quality and delivery method vary. Lots of animation.


Loads of short films and movie trailers available for streaming free at speeds up to 200kbs. For $4.95 USD a month can get speeds up to 500kbs. They also offer a new push service that uses a proprietary filesharing network. This site is probably the biggest short film site on the internet, and is supported through every type of annoying advertising.

Internet film community featuring many user contributed short films streamed using Quicktime.

Internet Archive

Contains the Prelinger Archives of over 1,200 ephemeral works (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) made from 1927-1964. There are also a few feature length movies in the public domain. Works are available for streaming or downloading in different formats.

Library of over 3,000 full-length movies, short films, independent films, television shows and more in over 30 popular categories. Many of the movies are available free simply by registering. Full access to their libarary costs $5.95 USD per month.

Browse shorts mades by students at different film schools. You can browse by film school among other categories.

Very active community of filmmakers and screenwriters. Site has an elaborate system for rating and reviewing works with a goal toward picking festival winners. Site was started by Kevin Spacey and has celebrity judges. Big endorsements from Budweiser.