Discover.film – changing the world of entertainment

Discover.film is changing the world of entertainment by making the exciting genre of short film mainstream. We source the very best short films, animations and documentaries globally and act as an OTT (over-the-top) content deliverer with a streaming video on demand platform available on multiple devices including web, mobile and tv.

We host one of the biggest short film festivals in the world, The Discover Film Awards, from which we source the very best short films and get them an audience by distributing content to cinemas, planes, trains and video on demand channels. Over 1 million people watch our short films each year. Data from these viewers show that this content is in the top 10 per cent on trains and planes and viewers of our films and documentaries are more likely to watch them all the way through than viewers of longer films.

Discover.film in onboard entertainment systems:

Discover Film Hayu and Vice in an onboard entertainment system

We are growing the viewing audience for short form content by:

  • Reviewing over 5,000 short films per year to select and license the very best.
  • Matching video content to audience demographics.
  • Building a distribution platform to deliver short form content to a global audience across an array of devices.
  • Distributing to other platforms including cinemas, tv, planes and trains.
  • Constantly testing and refining what we are showing audiences and learning what works best.

Why the short form content market is growing

The world of film & tv is changing:

  • With viewers, attention spans are getting shorter.
  • With short film producers, budgets are increasing and technology is improving, leading to increasing quality.
  • The wider tv market is fragmenting with huge growth in direct to consumer OTT (over-the-top) delivery.
  • There are more and more outlets for short films, all looking for new forms of innovative, edgy and entertaining content.

However, with all this change supply isn’t meeting demand. Viewers can’t find the very best short films as the sources are fragmented and they can’t easily watch them when they want to on multiple devices or offline. Filmmakers aren’t aware of which video on demand platforms license short films and the platforms aren’t aware of the best short form content.

Discover.film is fixing these problems.

Who we are

The Discover.film team are a mixture of passionate filmmakers, content professionals and entrepreneurs who have started and run successful global media, technology and data businesses.

Discover.film in numbers

  • 1 million+ viewers of short form content annually on various platforms
  • These viewers watch 100,000+ hours of our content each year
  • 4,000+ film submissions to our film festival annually from over 70 countries
  • 2,000+ tv and film professionals, fimmakers and social influencers attend festival
  • 50,000+ downloads of app

Brands we partner with

We work with a wide range of institutions – a selection are listed below.

What people are saying about us

“The Discover Film Awards shows that the Phoenix is not just a cinema with a great past, but one which has an important part to play in the future of filmmaking.”

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Michael Palin

“They are a cutting-edge content provider. The short films curated by Discover.film are some of the very best in the industry.”

Roger Matthews, Managing Director, GoMedia
Roger Matthews, Managing Director, GoMedia

“I had such a great time. What a wonderful festival!”

Lisa Edelstein

“Genuine promotion of their award winners and shorts in general.  Without a doubt one of the best festivals out there.”

Jean-Marie Marbach, Director, L’oiseau qui danse
Jean-Marie Marbach, Director, L’oiseau qui danse

“‘From someone who watches a lot of content, I can tell you that the short films from Discover.film are such a refreshing change.”

Angela Bryant, Inflight Entertainment Manager, Etihad Airways

“A really inspiring experience with great support for independent filmmakers.”

Stuart T. Birchall, Producer, Numinous Pictures
Stuart T. Birchall, Producer, Numinous Pictures

“The Discover Film Awards showcases the crème de la crème of movie shorts.”

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