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Our annual round-up brings you the best in commercials, music videos and short films from the previous year, from the biggest blockbusters and most buzzed-about viral hits to smaller-scale indie pieces that got the right people talking.
Volvo "Epic Splits"
Sweden \ 1:20 \ Spot
Agency: Forsman Bodenfors
Director: Andreas Nilsson, Folke Film
Jean Claude Van Damme performs a seemingly impossible feat to demonstrate Volvo's impressive steering control.
NBC Sports "An American Coach in London"
USA \ 4:42 \ Spot
Director: Martin Granger, Moxie Pictures
Jason Sudekis is a culturally tone-deaf and spectacularly incompetent coach trying to helm an English Premiere League football team to hilarious results.
Mercedez Benz "Magic Body Control"
Germany \ :55 \ Spot
Agency: Jung von Matt/Neckar
Director: Daniel Warwick, BIGFISH
Chickens provide the perfect visual analogy for Mercedes' superior control in this simply yet highly entertaining spot.
Mumford & Sons "Hopeless Wanderer"
UK \ 5:15 \ Music Video
Director: Sam Jones, Black Dog
Suspender-wearing, banjo-strumming nostalgists Mumford & Sons employ some famous faces to deliver a pitch-perfect self-parody.
Atoms for Peace "Before Your Very Eyes"
UK \ 5:49 \ Music Video
Director: Andrew Thomas Huang, Colonel Blimp
Band frontman Thom Yorke is engulfed by an undulating desert in this visually entrancing video.
USA \ 1:30 \ Spot
Agency: The Martin Agency
Director: Martin Allais, Studio Animal
Just imagine what would have happened if the big bad wolf and the three little pigs decided to get along and share some cookies? This charming spot does.
John Lewis "The Bear and the Hare"
UK \ 2:11 \ Spot
Agency: Adam & Eve/DDB
Director: Elliot Dear, Yves Geleyn, Blink/Honest
Beautiful animation and a delightful music track tell the story of a bear who's never seen Christmas and his friends who help change his fortunes.
USA \ 3:23 \ Spot
Director: Moonbot Studios
Overrun by evil crows and a dastardly agricultural corporation, a rogue scarecrow returns to his farming roots in this incredible animated short film.
Nepia Tissue "Animals"
Japan \ 1:40 \ Spot
Agency: Dentsu, Tokyo
Director: Fuyu Arai
With a few flicks and folds, simple facial tissues take on new forms in this stop-motion spot.
IBM "A Boy and his Atom"
USA \ 1:33 \ Spot
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather
Director: Nico Casavecchia, 1st Ave Machine
IBM pushed the boundaries of filmmaking when it created this enchanting little films starring a character made out of manipulated atoms.
USA \ 1:00 \ Spot
Director: Noam Murro, Biscuit
Guinness skirts beer-marketing clichés with this touching story of true friendship.
Arcade Fire "Afterlife"
Canada \ 7:48 \ Music Video
Director: Emily Kai Bock, The Creators Project
A man and his sons struggle to find their way after a significant loss in the family, each retreating into their own more comforting memories.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Sacrilege"
USA \ 4:03 \ Music Video
Director: Megaforce, The Directors Bureau
A web of lies and deceit unravel as a woman struggles to escape persecution in this looping, reverse narrative piece.
Just Blaze & Baauer feat. JAY Z "Higher"
USA \ 6:20 \ Music Video
Young boys in India become skillful in marital arts in order to right the perceived wrongs of their elders in this electric and aggressive video from Baauer (he of the notorious Harlem Shake), Just Blaze and Jay Z.
Django Django "Wor"
UK \ 4:49 \ Music Video
Director: Jim Demuth
This video takes you to the centre of the Well of Death: a spherical cage in Allahabad, India in which stunt motorcycle riders face their mortality each time the spin around the vertical walls.
Dizzee Rascal "I Don't Need a Reason"
UK \ 3:15 \ Music Video
Director: Emile Sornin, Division
The UK rapper Dizzee sends up British colonial noblefolk in this pastel-hued video that's constructed out of a series of Vine-like looping scenes.
Cut Copy "Free Your Mind"
Australia \ 6:08 \ Music Video
Director: Christopher Hill, Exit Films
Being a leader of a cult is great and all, until the object of your affection takes the free love thing a little too far. Alexander Skarsgard stars in this video as a charismatic spirit guide who says to hell with all that.
Phoenix "Trying to Be Cool"
France \ 4:27 \ Music Video
Director: CANADA, Partizan
Full of fun, whimsy and visual tricks, this studio-based video was all shot live and in-camera.
Capital Cities "Safe and Sound"
USA \ 3:47 \ Music Video
Director: Grady Hall, Motion Theory
Take a trip down memory lane with this video that expertly and cleverly brings to life a century's worth of popular dance.
Cold Mailman "My Recurring Dream"
Norway \ 4:35 \ Music Video
Director: André Chocron, Frokost Film
Mesmerizing transitions and interesting scenes connect to create an Escher-like flow in this impressive vid.
Beach House "Wishes"
USA \ 4:50 \ Music Video
Director: Eric Wareheim
Wareheim applies his out-there comedic sensibility to Beach House's dream pop, and taps Ray Wise as a football coach-cum-deity in the process.
Chris Hadfield "Space Oddity"
Space \ 5:31 \ Music Video
Director: Chris Hadfield
Never have the lyrics of David Bowie's classic seemed more resonant than when sung in zero gravity while orbiting the earth. Literally.
This programme is rated 14A.