Take a look at some of our favorite 3D animated shorts of 2016 found around the web. These animations, whether made by students or professionals, left us inspired and excited to see what the next year will bring. 

The Present

“The Present” is based on a comic strip by the very talented Fabio Coala. It is a graduation short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.


"Alike" is an animated short film directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez. In a busy life,Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son,Paste. But... what is the correct path?


A graduation film from ISART Digital. In the French trenches, calm reigns. The "Poilus" are waiting to leave for the battlefield. Among them, Ferdinand, a young hare, is playing the harmonica.
A whistling signal is given, the attack begins. It's on the no man's land that he first encounters his enemy, a horrible creature.

Naughty Princess

Produced as a Final Major Project at Bournemouth University (NCCA) 2016, Naughty Princess is a short tale about a geeky young lad who builds a catapult to launch himself towards the princess in the tower. The story is set in a different time period but still reflects on a modern issue and is intended to be light hearted and fun while maintaining its impactful motive.


Created by Leo Brunel with a mix of 3dsMax, Zbrush, Vray, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and Photoshop.

Planet Unknown

At the end of 21st century, mankind were facing global resource depletion. Space Rovers were sent out to find potential inhabitable planets.