Friday Fives: The Top Five Thanksgiving Short Films You Can Use

To celebrate Thanksgiving Day, 2015, here’s a re-post of a popular edition of Friday Fives.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no fickleness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

On this list, the top five Thanksgiving-related short films. Please purchase the clips of your choice from their providers if you plan to use them from the pulpit.

#5 Hyper Pixels Media: Thankful People

The Long and Short of the Short: Hyper Pixels Media is a Christian production company founded by former pastor Chris McGowan. If you haven’t yet bookmarked them as one of your go-to sources for sermon support content, you may want to. While not as well known perhaps as SkitGuys or Igniter Media (below) there is a deep spiritual quality to their work.

The short at number five is a thoughtful and poignant perspective on real thankfulness at Thanksgiving.

#4 Igniter Media: Thankful

The Long and Short of the Short: It’s likely you’re familiar with Igniter Media, since it is one of the most well known production and distribution companies for Christian media. It’s also been around since 2003 and serves as a clearinghouse for several Christian-based production companies.

“Thankful” is a helpfully convicting short piece that is an Igniter original produced for Thanksgiving 2011.

#3 Skit Guys: The First Thanksgiving

The Long and Short of the Short: The SkitGuys are Tommy Woodard and Eddie James. They’ve actually been best friends since high school, a friendship which comes through in their work. Their videos are often powerful and legitimately funny.

The farcical short at number three balances some of the more poignant pieces on the list.

#2 Skitzy Chicks: All Mom Wants for Thanksgiving

The Long and Short of the Short: Carrie Varnell and Melinda Whitten are the Skitzy Chicks. The two started writing and performing together after they met in a Lamaze class, or so the story goes.

In the short at #2, the worst and the best parts of a mom’s Thanksgiving come together to make us smile.

#1 Igniter: The Thanksgiving Song

The Long and Short of the Short: Another original project from Igniter Media, this creative piece with high production values makes good fun of the traditional family Thanksgiving gathering but also closes with a powerful point about “the real meaning” of Thanksgiving.


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