With the shortFLIX application deadline arriving on the 8th March, we thought it would be a great idea, to provide some of our favourite shorts as potential inspiration. Below contains links to five vastly different short films. Varying in length, story, culture and budget; hoping to demonstrate that there isn’t a set formula to producing a great short.
Included are shorts that feature some of our ambassadors, all playing different roles as writers, writer/directors or actors. There are also many outlets online in which you can immerse yourself in short films, including Short of the Week and Channel 4 Shorts.
1. Daytimer – Riz Ahmed
Written and directed by Riz Ahmed, a personal story from his youth. The Year is 1999, the city is London. The story follows a young boy known as Naseem, who gives school and home a slip to attend his first daytime rave.
2. Silly Girl – Ellie Kendrick & Hope Dickson Leach
Written by Ellie Kendrick and directed by Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling). Silly Girl is a 5 min short that explores how gender impacts and influences a person’s life; a 40-something trans-man recalls and relives his first romantic entanglement.
3. Slap – Nick Rowland (Starring Joe Cole)
Slap is a 25 min, BAFTA-nominated short that stars Joe Cole. With a budget of £4k, the film follows a teenage boxer searching for self-definition gives in to his true colours at the risk of losing everything.
4. Black Hole - Diamond Dogs
A sleep-deprived office worker accidentally discovers a
black hole - and then greed gets the better of him. This 3 min short is a clever example of simple VFX. The budget here was £5k.
5. Me & You – Jack Tew
Me & You is a 7 min short, that takes a look down on the
moments that make a love story. It’s a great example of how using one location can be extremely impactful.
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