Don't know what to get the film geek in your life for Christmas? Or maybe that's you and you need a treat. Either way, may I suggest the new Cinema 16 - World Short Films - it's a double disc edition. Here is what the Amazon blurb says...
Proof that the best things really do come in small packages, CINEMA 16 - WORLD SHORT FILMS is a collection of inspired shorts, and a must-have for any self-respecting film fan. It features the works of some of the world's most gifted directors (Guillermo Del Toro, Sylvain Chomet, Guy Maddin, Alfonso Cuaron, and Jane Campion), who demonstrate their adroitness at conveying their artistic visions simply and succinctly. But it's not just established directors who are celebrated here; a new generation of filmmaking talent is represented by the likes of Andrea Arnolds' Oscar winner WASP, 2008 Oscar nominee MADAME TUTLI PUTLI, and 2008 Sundance winner ON THE ICE (SIKUMI).
So in short (geddit) it is people who have become famous for features sharing their low budget shorts. What did they do with the same level of equipment and budget as you may have? The Cinema 16 range are always fascinating and inspiring. I've not seen this one yet but I have got a couple of the other editions and my own film Eight is on the British edition, not because of me but because it was directed by Stephen Daldry. The best thing about seeing these shorts is that some of the films are almost a bit rough around the edges. If you are struggling to make your budget go far enough then at least you'll learn that you are not alone. These people have done it too.
Lastly it is worth mentioning the man behind it all, Luke Morris, a film maker himself who thought that he would want to see a DVD like this - so did it himself!