Selected Film:

Best Friend

Selected Film:

Best Friend

Why We Chose This Film

Thoughts, ideas, and things to consider about this film...


Set in the near future, Arthur is addicted to a device that offers the perfect best friend, only she’s not real.

Social media was meant to make us closer, but in lots of ways it has made us more lonely. So many of us are addicted to our phones and our online profiles, clocking how many likes and new friends we have, making us even more disconnected from each other and reality. While this film—Best Friend- has a bleak outlook and maybe hits too close to home for some of us, we thought it offered a much needed reminder of how hooked we are on technology that makes us feel popular and the center of attention.

Did this film make you think any differently about your experiences on social media and the role it plays in your emotional well-being and your relationships? Have you considered or already put in place any strategies to help limit your social media use?    

Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

To go even deeper, you can try the creative exercises we’ve developed for you.

Special thanks to MIYU Distribution.

About the Filmmaker

Nicholas Olivieri is a Character designer and Visual Development artist from Italy. He attended Bigrock Institute, a master in computer graphic in Italy. After graduation, He worked for 2 years as a concept artist and texture artist for an independent videogame called Voodoo.

Yi Shen is a Storyboard artist and Character designer from China. After 4 years of fine arts study at the Fine Arts School Affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts, he went to the Animation School of Beijing Film Academy to study 2D animation and live action. He also worked as an art director and storyboard artist for BBC 2018 Winter Olympics campaign at Nexus Studios.

Juliana De Lucca is a 2D and 3D animator with a degree in game design. She also attended an animation school in Sao Paulo for another 2 years before joining GOBELINS Masters. She worked as a freelance storyboard artist and 3D animator for 3 years including an internship in Paris. Varun Nair: Varun Nair is a Character designer and Visual Development Artist from India. He did his Masters in Supinfocom India before coming to Gobelins. He also has 2 years working experience as a concept artist including a summer Internship at Blue Sky Studios.

David Feliu is from the sunny and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. He is an award-winning illustrator and animator who grasped the basics in a modest school. After learning animation and motion design for three years, he took off to London where he refined his skills. Working as an art director and animator, he collaborated with studios such as Nexus and Device.

Dive Even Deeper

Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Create the antidote by writing your recipe for a healthy friendship.

  • What are the primary ingredients for friendship for you? Is it a shared outlook or background or sense of humor?
  • Just like a recipe, try to be specific about the amounts of each ingredient. How many times per month would you like to spend time with a close friend? How much communication would you like in between? If you have online friends, create an ideal recipe for that scenario as well.
  • Once you have completed your recipe or recipes, dare to share. Send to your friends to collect input and/or post online to your online community. If you’d rather not share with others, then post on a wall or bulletin board to encourage continued consideration.    

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  1. Kaying Yang-Mcp

    Wow! This was powerful in capturing the need for more. Can be scary at times. Thanks!

    • Sassy09

      Sadly, there is no way to help a person stop using. I was very sad to see this and I know now how it must be for my sister. I felt it was sugarcoated that it in order to get off drugs it only takes another person using to free them.

  2. Anonymous

    The concept is absolutely amazing. From beginning to end it is riviting with it’s beautiful artistic style and amazing use of lighting and shadow work. The only thing I could complain about is this not becoming a multi episodic anthology

  3. A.D. Minier

    eerily provoking

  4. Anonymous

    it was scary

  5. Del

    Addiction!!! When what ever it is becomes your best friend and the cost continues to rise and the more of that friendship you need grows, you know you’re in trouble. Hope is recovery! Recovery is hope!
    This is a short film that will connect with many that would watch it and for those who it needs to it will hopefully have them take a look in the mirror like maybe they never have before.

  6. Saoudy A. Saoudy

    The future of having friends technology without people. It may lead to addiction and potentially violence. Technology companies innovate to make money.. consumers be aware. The end of the movie is puzzling.. was it a dream?!

  7. Herman

    Very interesting look at the connection between mental health and addiction.

  8. Anonymous

    Unfortunately, this hits too close to home for many of us. But great short film!

  9. Ka

    Very interesting!

  10. Anonymous

    I know how it is to be addicted to drugs and was there for someone who had a addiction. It was REALLY hard to get him off it, he was even admitted to the hospital to get off of them. And that was had to watch him go through it. Everyone needs a friend to be there when they need support and help.

  11. Christina

    Social media must be managed to ward of addictive tendencies. I rarely go on social media and even when I do I stay longer than I intend. Being aware of the length of time on social media and how I spend it gives me the strength to know when i have had enough.
    Spending time with yourself and developing the person you are can foster a healthier experience.
    Having true close friendship means building relationships and celebrating those connections..

  12. Anonymous

    this was definitely powerful

  13. Mary Fiebiger

    It just shows that when addiction gets a strangle hold on someone, you can have all the support staring at you but you still have blinders on. It is a very sad but true statement of addiction.

  14. Anonymous

    It really shows how awful and devastating addication is.


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