Short films are wonderful. Though, with masses of TV, film and other leading entertainment forms; they often easily get forgotten about and unfortunately rarely seem to get the platform for the masses to see. Unless you’re a film buff, you may not even be entirely sure on what they are or that they even exist.

If you aren’t aware, short films are fairly self-explanatory. It’s a motion picture that isn’t long enough in running time to be considered a feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deems a running time of 40 minutes or less as a short film. Therefore, I decided to share a small handful of my favourites. 

Animated:

Piper – To be honest, I’m a sucker for any of the Disney Pixar shorts, I grew up watching them ahead of the films like Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. However, as soon as I heard about the concept for this short and the fact it would preview before Finding Dory, I already knew I was likely to love it and I was correct. I remember sitting in the cinema on release day, bursting with excitement to see Finding Dory (If you didn’t already know, Dory is one of my all-time favourite characters) and I was already crying by the end of the short film. It just fills me with so much warmth, it’s such an adorable watch.

The Present – I believe this short film actually came to me due to the fact it went viral, but I just love it. It begins with you feeling quite angry, to feeling the total opposite. It’s just genius and heart-warming, and I urge you to watch it, to see for yourself.

Hair Love – I actually found this when searching for inspiration on this post and immediately fell in love. I love the family relationships and touching story portrayed. Plus the old style animation is really nice to see.

Live-Action: 

The Man Who Married Himself – It’s no secret I adore Emilia Fox, and I think I’ve probably worked my way through 90% of her short films that span her career. Therefore, It’s hard to pick a favourite as they are all great in their own unique ways. Though this particular one just makes me smile most, it’s a star-studded cast just doing something completely quirky and fun. I love the bold colouring and silliness of it too. Unfortunately, it’s not on YouTube for free but you can purchase it there, or on Amazon here. Alternatively here is the trailer to give you an idea…

Dumbboat – When I see actors in theatre shows, I often tend to check if I’ve seen them elsewhere in the past unknowingly or try to check out some of their other work; so having seen Bradley John in Only Fools & Horses the musical many times I stumbled upon this and just fell in love with it. It’s completely bonkers, yet dark and witty all in one. I couldn’t find a trailer, but click the image to watch the full short.

The Silent Child – This short film was stuck in my head as my third choice, but took me ages to track down! I remember discovering this short film ahead of The Oscars in 2018, amidst its media attention and a TV screening of it. This is also one you have to purchase, but I remember just being completely in love with it once it was screened. Always a sucker for something that relates to reality – and this is a perfect example.

There are many more great short films out there, and this is just a tiny taste of some short films I’ve seen and loved. With us all stuck in a newfound world with a little more free time, hopefully, these will aid you in some light relief or inspire you to delve deeper into the world of short films. 

Let me know if you have any favourite short films, or which of these you enjoyed most… I’d love to hear your thoughts!