Best Short Films
A woman protects her dying daughter from a demon. There aren't many short films that can force you into a rollercoaster ride of emotions with a runtime of under 2 minutes, but the award-winning Salt is one of the rare exceptions.
In the middle of a Texas summer, plans for a babysitter fall through and six-year-old Caroline is left in charge of her two younger siblings. Caroline made it's International Premiere at Cannes 2018 among a plethora of other selections and awards at renowned film festivals world wide.
When marine wildlife suffer the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change... The directors wanted to tell a story and bring awareness about the ocean’s pollution using captivating images. They have certainly achieved it.
Muddled in ambiguous relationships, a Mumbai-boy paces through the streets, trying to find a partner to spend New Years Eve with. New Years Eve was winner of the Low Budget category at the Discover Film Awards, October 2018.
Last Words is a visual reimagining of Simon Armitage’s poem by the same name, and was a recent winner of the Best Experimental category at the Discover Film Awards 2018.
Craig's Pathetic Freakout was a recent winner of ‘Best International Comedy’ at the Discover Film Awards October 2018 in London, this hilarious American short film follows Craig ignoring the warnings of his stoner friend, and smokes weed and, well… freaks out.
A macho wrestler toy arcade prize is quick to judge a young girl desperate to win him and is determined to thwart her attempts to collect enough tickets to take him home. A perfect family friendly short film, with a message of equality and breaking gender norms.
A docu-fiction short film, Drug Runner, shows us the real life story of a 15 year old drug dealer, who’s life is spiralling out of control. Charlotte Regan's last film 'Standby' is another favourite here at Discover.film.
A Documentary about a group of passionate elders the BikeLife movement and philosophy is giving these forgotten kids of London the opportunity to cross postcode boundaries without fear, the courage to express themselves and the freedom just to be kids.
From Olly Williams, the co-director of the short film Black Hole: a getaway driver waiting outside a bank robbery has three nerve shredding minutes to get through before his crew returns. Can he remain focused?
In London's bustling Trafalgar Square, a hungry corpse meets a pigeon with a broken wing. Voiced by Bill Nighy and Stephen Mangan.
A classic romantic comedy with a fresh twist. Alice is getting hot and heavy with a young, attractive man when her husband comes come. . . What ensues is absolutely hilarious. A multiple award winning film with nominations from Cannes and BIFA.
While You Were Away follows a woman returning from a trip away with her friends to find her husband (Richard Herring) has a strange confession to make…
Our janitor hero then puts science behind basketball which finally enables him to challenge the jock security guard him to a game. 3x3 has won multiple awards worldwide. A funny, silent short film you can watch with all the family.
World renowned artist Emma Allen's (Discover Film Awards alumni) face-painted animation shows the neurological processes and emotions that are affected by someone suffering from depression.
This beautifully stylised dark comedy about the perils of exploring your sexuality, is a real crowd pleaser. Starring the beautiful Laura Dale, as a no-nonsense talking prostitute, and Richard Glover as the stuttering, aspirational serial killer.
British poet and illustrator Laura Dockrill’s contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet is set on a windswept English beach, where ‘two houses, both alike in common crime’ wage an ice-cream war.
A Reasonable Request is a very, very dark comedy following a desperate son trying to reconnect with his estranged father to ask an unspeakable favour that will change their lives forever...
Team Numbi At Work shows us the world of motorsport being reborn. This micro documentary takes us into the dangerous and thrilling underground world of car spinning.
A new-to-the-job counselor is working at a suicide hotline in has to take his first call. A teenager is on the other end of the line, distraught and suicidal having been thrown out of her home and being disowned by her parents after falling pregnant. But something isn't quite right...
When five bumbling Satanists have their summoning ceremony go horribly right, they’re left to deal with the decidedly holy shit consequences in this American comedy horror.
The story follows two best friends in the Australian outback playing the Boyfriend Game, where they each invent their ideal imaginary partners. Unfortunately, one of the girls seems to want the other girl’s fantasy more than her own...
A documentary set in East London. Darren, a man with two polar opposite parts of his personality. One half is the rough and ready east end hard man, and the other is the kind and gentle.
A documentary following David Buck, an ex-soldier recruited at just 17, and Richard Pendleton, an ex-advertiser, who worked on the Army’s campaigns targeting children and their families.
A dark comedic short film by Charlie Goodall exploring mental health and insecurity through the character Steve. Fuck Steve is a bold and brave look at mental health, and it seems apt for the subject to be a young man, with suicide being the largest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.
Offline Dating explores what can happen, in just one weekend, if we invest more time and energy into meeting new people, in real life rather than online.
Weighting is a surreal and abstract short film following a couple during a break up. She wants to leave, but he wants her to stay. Starring and co-directed by Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room, Kong Skull Island, Captain Marvel).
Michael Radcliffe was catching the bus this morning, like he does every day of his everyday life. He didn't expect to have a five-minute sit-down with God, Glenn Owen Dodds that is, a mysterious man who claims to be God. Could he really be God? Watch and find out!
Jack, who always takes things too far, organises a surprise for his girlfriend, with unintended consequences...
Stephen (Seann Walsh) arrives home after six months in Mongolia to discover his best friend Roy (John Bradley) has replaced him with a ventriloquist's dummy called Roger.
A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child. A multi-award winning Irish short film that questions the presumption of motherly love.
On a 10 metre high diving tower, fear of taking the jump is pitted against the losing face if you chicken out. What do we look like when we hesitate and when we make a decision? What does it look like when we overcome our fear?
A comedy about friendship and routines entirely set in a police patrol car. We see the day to day lives of two new partners Gary and Jenny.
Gemma wakes to find her house on fire. Trapped with her son, she dials 999. The operator who answers holds Gemma's life in her hands.
Reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, this stunning film is beautifully shot and set in an almost deserted road side food truck in Walloon on the Dutch border. Love at first bite - but not without a struggle.
Two distinctly disparate characters come together over a broken down Volkswagen Beetle in this sweet, amusing tale of love, loss and... car trouble.
A man tries to kill himself in a motel room. Starring Richard Kind (Red Oaks, Mad About You, Toy Story 3).
A new craze is taking over the estates of London. With fights, street deals and territorial warfare growing ever dangerous, it won't be long until it's out of control.
The modern world is constantly speeding up. But not for the Dull Men's Club - a group of men quite content with life's more sedate pleasures.
This extraordinary film gives rare insight into the impact of gang violence in South London. An intimate portrait of Rajai, a young stabbing victim. The film centres on one event that changes his life forever.
A group of young men try to interpret their friends art, so they can save face and show support.
Fuelled by coke, a desperate couple attempts to capitalise on an unlikely opportunity.
From his window, a child watches his father placing a scarecrow in the garden. During the night, the child can’t sleep and goes back to the window: the scarecrow has gone. At the same time he hears creepy noises coming from the house…
After losing the last two digits of a girl's number, a socially awkward fish enthusiast tries every combination to seek her out.
Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mother decides to give him a present.
BAFTA Winner and Oscar Nominated story of two brothers struggling with the care of their elderly mother.
In this horror film, while a young woman helps her father pack up his house, they are both increasingly aware of the presence that they always knew was there.
Bobby and his elderly cancer patient Geraldine have formed a deeply honest and beautiful connection. But are Bobby and Geraldine simply just friends or is it actually something more?
Created and animated by Jean-Marie Marbach with particles in the spirit of Visual Music this film follows the journey of an origami bird in a mysterious field of light. Winner of Best Music Video at the Discover Film Awards April 2018.
While driving to the reading of her father’s will, Catherine is forced to deal with a more pressing event. Two strangers are thrown together but will the dramatic encounter result in a life-long connection?
An isolated man works late a night in a toll booth... what could go wrong?
Trapped on a mountain in a terrible snowstorm in the dead of night, one of the climbers reports his tentmate missing. Now they have to embark on a dangerous search.
Combating one of the highest teen suicide rates of the country, a man working as a crossing guard in a wealthy Silicon Valley town reflects on his experience.
A 1911 Faustian tale about losing oneself in the process of achieving our goals. Told through the world of cryptozoology. A visual feast and shining example of the fantasy worlds that can be created with VFX.
Travel the visually stunning, humorous world of competitive creative dog grooming alongside the colourful women transforming their beloved poodles into living sculptures.
A beautiful documentary about the friendship between Kitty and Ellen, two Holocaust survivors, which has spanned a lifetime. Join them as they take you through animated memories of their past, through painstaking sadness, through to relief and elation.
While trying to sell a bike, a new business competitor arrives, to shake things up.
In the process of shaving, a young man cuts himself. A lot.
A bizarre incident as a young boy left Aaron with an unusual facial disfigurement that has plagued him all his life. Isolated and vulnerable, Aaron seeks comfort in the friendship and understanding of an unexpected group of outcasts.
In a bid to heal the rift in society, a plucky chicken sets out to find an answer to the ultimate question - which came first, the chicken or the egg?
A man working at the office late at night stumbles upon a time traveling power that can boost his productivity. But a power so life-changing doesn't come without consequence...
In a dusty Texas bar, a chatty stranger insists on striking up a conversation with the man sitting next to him. The more this stranger talks, the more obvious it is he's not from 'round here. Heck, he's not even from this planet!
A lonesome fox hunts a mouse and their relationship will evolve as two owls interfere with the hunt.
The lovely 79 year old Rosemary Smith gets to test drive a Renault F1. After years of successful racing, she now sits deep into retirement, but this is an opportunity not to be missed...
A company by the name of Wing have created Mogwais that can be adopted as family pets with no ill consequences - or so they thought. Tiny terror is unleashed at a local diner when a teen girl interferes with a Wing driver's live cargo.
In 1957, a Soviet street dog named Laika launched into space aboard Sputnik-2 and became the first animal to orbit the Earth. This is her story.
Jordan is an isolated man who dreams of a zombie apocalypse. When he opens his curtains one morning to find a undead hoard outside, he feels as though all of his Christmases have come at once...
Using original news footage from the summer of 1977, PIX11 News have crafted a brilliant documentary following the New York serial killer named 'Son of Sam'. Interviews with local residents show the fear and tension in New York City at the time, and why his legacy lives on.
The story of a rodent's quest for happiness and fulfillment.
On a routine morning, a woman on a crowded New York City subway is sexually assaulted in plain sight.
Hidden within rural Durban, South Africa in the Valley Of A Thousand Hills, a secret spot for young shredders is growing. Indigo Skate Camp is empowering the local Zulu villagers to learn and grow through the language of skateboarding and opening opportunities for them to experience what lies on the other side of the hill.
A group of women band together as they go to war against a pack of men who have done them wrong at every turn.
Fifteen-year-old Alice has always been a good Catholic, but when an innocent AOL chat turns unexpectedly racy, she finds herself suddenly obsessed with masturbating.
Sometime in the 1980s, Caspar Salmon's grandmother was invited to a gathering on the Welsh island of Anglesey, attended exclusively by people with fish surnames. Or so he says. Thirty years later, filmmaker Charlie Lyne attempts to sort myth from reality as he searches for the truth behind this fishy tale.
When a sonic pulse infects the hearing population, a small group of Deaf people must band together to survive.
Sweden's Wild West solution to a Syrian refugee crisis only lasts so long.
A boyfriend's jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.
The glamorous world of advertising exposed in this comedy with a voiceover actor trying to nail the right tone for a pair of indecisive ad creatives selling a fictitious children's ice cream brand.
The dark-comedy adventure of a young dog walker after she discovers one of her clients has died.
Why do so many people use the internet to harass and threaten people, and stretch the freedom of speech to its limits? Director Kyrre Lien meets a global group of strongly opinionated individuals, who spend their time debating online on the subjects they care most strongly about.
Crystal robs a liquor store-it goes pretty OK.
Four adventurous kids. One deadly snake. Ten quick minutes. Snake Bite.
The film shows a strong bond between two brothers that live in a remote fjord with their parents. We look into their world through the eyes of the younger brother and follow him on a journey that marks a turning point in the lives of the brothers.
A pair of business travellers have an affair and decide it might be easiest to just forget about it.
A top-secret handbook takes viewers on an undercover journey to TITANPOINTE, the site of a hidden partnership. Narrated by Rami Malek and Michelle Williams, and based on classified NSA documents, Project X reveals the inner workings of a windowless skyscraper in downtown Manhattan.
A struggling young actor begins to see disturbing visions of the immediate future and he soon realizes that having this ability is not exactly a welcomed gift unless he is ready to do something about it.
A super short film about a duel between two neighbours showing off their Christmas lights.
A young man from the London visits the countryside to relax. Little does he know the frightening tale that awaits... Based on 'The Open Window' by Saki.
A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.
The adventures of Salad Fingers, an unspecified mutated creature driven to madness by his loneliness.
Set on one fateful night, six friends gather for their monthly 'games night'... and accidentally unleash a demonic force that might tear them - and their friendships - to pieces.
A woman soon finds out that she is being haunted by a mysterious figure every time she turns the lights off.
A writer tells a joke. Complications ensue.
A funny and touching tale about two foul-mouthed senior citizens and their relationship.
Horrie, a lonely widower,decides it's time to start dating again. He finds the perfect woman in a singles magazine, and before they meet has an unconventional makeover. Will he be able to keep up this youthful facade, or will he be found out?
Surviving the night begins to outweigh saving the family farm, after four desperate men who robbed a bank, have a chance encounter with a dying law man.
A young man, heartbroken when his girlfriend dumps him, hires a prostitute to recreate the mundane intimacies he used to take for granted.
Thunder Road is an extremely funny (and also, deeply felt) short film, that was filmed as a single-take tragicomedy about a police officer's eulogy at his mother's funeral.
A lighthearted office prank gets out of hand leaving Ed trying to save not only his job but also his dignity.
Code 8 is a 2016 short sci-fi/action film starring Robbie Amell and Sung Kang. The film is a futuristic vision taking place in a world where 4% of the population are born with some type of supernatural ability.
Michael Cera portrays a paraplegic man who leaves home to be on his own.
In 2045 A.D. a new genetic disease is causing humans to reject their own organs. Cybernetic enhancements are the only means to survive and one desperate man is forced to steal cybernetic implants to save an innocent life.
The best short films
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