– changing the world of entertainment is changing the world of entertainment by making the exciting genre of short film mainstream. We source the best short films from around the world and give them a platform through video on demand, our proprietary mobile app and multi-channel distribution. We host the fastest growing film festival in the world – The Discover Film Awards, which in 2017 was rated in the global top 100 film festivals out of over 5,000 reviewed by filmmakers. We also help filmmakers produce better short films through the academy. 

Why short films are great

The best kind of stories are told in short films (or “short movies” as they are described in the U.S.). The kind of stories that make you laugh. Or Cry. That entertain, shock and amaze. Best of all, they take up less than 20 minutes of your time. This makes short movies perfect for short journeys, short breaks and short attention spans!

In the early years of cinema (1900 – 1920), when people went to variety shows in theatres, short form content was the norm. It was only with the introduction of television in the 1930s and 1940s, that movie producers started producing longer epic films to get people into cinemas. The internet is reversing this trend.

Against this backdrop the founders of (who are a mixture of passionate filmmakers and entrepreneurs who have started and run successful global media, technology and data businesses) decided to to create a multi-media platform for short film distribution.

Who we are

What we offer

  • consumer app (with 10,000+ installations) powered by proprietary algorithm
  • multi-media streaming service
  • the fastest growing film festival in the world (398 film submissions in the first edition, 752 in second, over 1,000 in third and 1,500+ in fourth)
  • licensed short form content for distribution
  • online interactive filmmaker community

How we can help brands

  • We can get your brand in front of over 400,000 film makers and other creatives
  • It’s not just about the numbers, filmmakers and other creatives that we work with are social influencers
  • We have 16,000+ active social media followers and 10,000+ members of our own creative community
  • We work with universities and other student bodies so can get you talking with the filmmakers of tomorrow
  • We offer global brand exposure via commercial partnerships with the Discover Film Awards
Our Story
Jan 2016

We attend a film festival

And fall in love with short films…but are surprised to find that it’s almost impossible to find them to watch outside of film festivals…

February 2016

So we set up a website for filmmakers to share their films

And for viewers to watch them. Within the first month we are overwhelmed with short film submissions to the site so…
April 2016

We launch a film festival to show off the most entertaining

Our idea is to keep things small and friendly. Filmmakers fly in from the United States, across Europe and Australia. We succeed in keeping it friendly but within 12 months submissions grow to over 1,000 films – making it the fastest growing film festival in the world.
July 2016

We get frustrated with the lack of distribution for short films

We launch version 1.0 of our app to deliver the best short films directly to viewers. The first is far from perfect but a start…

October 2016

We have the idea to curate short films into 90 minute sessions with an overall theme

So begin to licence short films from filmmakers with profits going back to them. We sell these packages of between eight and ten short films per session to cinemas and film clubs and use audience data from these cinema screenings to decide on what to show in app.

November 2016

A famous media brand offers to buy us

We are flattered but say no.

January 2017

Our judges spot a lot wrong in films submitted to our festival and keep saying how they could improve them...

We ask our panel of filmmakers to prove it by offering practical hands-on filmmaking and production advice via the academy.

April 2017

We announce commerical partnerships with firms supporting The Discover Film Awards.

June 2017

We start developing an algorithm to improve film selection

And use it for version 2.0 of our app.  The algorithm uses a combination of data from our online community, platform viewing and in-app behaviour improved with real world data from our distribution partners.

Brands we partner with

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

What people are saying about us

“The awards show 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.”

Michael Palin

“Smart, passionate film-making pros behind this fest, and it shows in what they take seriously (the films and relationships with filmmakers) and what they don’t take seriously (anything requiring fun).”

Fred Casella

“Fantastic festival! Discussed my film and other films with fans and filmmakers throughout the night and into the awards, which consisted of great food, drink and a very fun evening! Highly recommended to get involved with these guys.”

James Mansell

“What a spectacular weekend. Fantastic films, great company, and an abundance of encouragement and inspiration to take away.”

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