Documentary

A selection of the best short documentary films. Our judging panel receives over 5,000 short movies, dramas and documentaries every year. This means that the panel reviews a wide range of films to select the very best.

The documentaries and other non-fiction short entertainment on Discover.film span true crime, science, nature, history and technology. There are short docs to suite every taste. For instance, there are films about areas of the world that most people haven’t seen. Films about real life events that are difficult to believe. There are short movies about emerging new sports and activities, along with people reflecting on their lives and their roles in historical events. In other words, these films are perfect for viewers who want to find out more about people and more about the world.

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Drug Runner short film

Drug Runner | Short Film

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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

Before The Storm Bike Documentary

Before The Storm | Youth Culture Documentar...

11 mins730 ViewsComments off

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

team numbi at work documentary

Team Numbi At Work | Short Documentary

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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

Oil & Water Short Documentary Film

Oil & Water | Short Documentary Film

10 mins454 ViewsComments off

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

Your Country Needs Youth Short documentary film

Your Country Needs Youth | Short documentar...

9 mins570 ViewsComments off

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

Offline Dating Short Documentary Samuel Abrahams

Offline Dating Short Documentary

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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

Ten Metre Tower | Short Documentary

16 mins798 ViewsComments off

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

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Born to Be Mild

15 mins775 ViewsComments off

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

Rajai 030516 | London Gang Documentary

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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

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The Crossing

6 mins650 ViewsNo User Reviews

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

Well Groomed | Comedy Documentary

9 mins519 ViewsComments off

Travel the visually stunning, humorous world of competitive creative dog grooming alongside the colourful women transforming their beloved poodles into living sculptures.

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Kitty and Ellen

17 mins1,116 ViewsComments off

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

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The Ultimate Test Drive

4 mins582 ViewsNo User Reviews

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,

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Sputnik-2 or: Laika, Our Hero

5 mins729 ViewsNo User Reviews

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

No One Is Safe From Son of Sam short film

No One Is Safe From Son of Sam | Documentar...

8 mins715 ViewsNo User Reviews

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

I’m Your Number One Fan

51 mins4,150 ViewsComments off

I'm Your Number One Fan is a controversial documentary from 1996 that has attracted a cult following in the UK. It features Blue Tulip

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Valley Of A Thousand Hills

11 mins887 ViewsNo User Reviews

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

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Fish Story Short Film

13 mins1,612 ViewsComments off

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.

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Return to High Chaparral

10 mins684 ViewsNo User Reviews

Sweden's Wild West solution to a Syrian refugee crisis only lasts so long.

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The Internet Warriors

22 mins572 ViewsNo User Reviews

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

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Project X

11 mins795 ViewsNo User Reviews

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

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The hands of hollywood

8 mins770 ViewsComments off

The true story of the meteoric rise and fall of Steve Hershon, Hollywood's go to hand insert model.

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You Won’t Regret That Tattoo – ...

13 mins666 ViewsComments off

'You Wont Regret That Tattoo' is a short documentary that explores the meanings and memories behind the tattoos of an older generation, and challenges the

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One Year Lease

11 mins715 ViewsComments off

When your meddling New York landlady lives upstairs be prepared for some very strange voicemails.

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Lift short film

Lift

25 mins1,411 ViewsComments off

Marc Isaacs films for 10 hours day from a lift in a typical London tower block. As the residents come to trust him they reveal

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The Flogsta Roar (2012)

18 mins795 ViewsNo User Reviews

Every night at the same time, hundreds of Swedish students scream their anxieties into the sky.