The 2018 shortFLIX films will air on Sky Arts, 24th May at 10:30PM. Tune in!

You can catch them on Sky Arts demand after the air date

BATTY BOY – Dior Clarke & Blain Ho-Shing 

LADIES DAY – Abena Taylor-Smith

LOSING IT – Ben Robins

NOSEBLEED – Luna Carmoon

TOGETHER, THEY SMOKE – Henry Gale

Applications for shortFLIX are now closed. Please follow us on our main Twitter channel & our film Twitter channel for updates on shortFLIX.


SHORTFLIX is aimed at aspiring new filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not currently in full-time education, employment or training. We’re looking for ideas from creative, talented and ambitious young people that have the potential to make great short films for Sky Arts.

SHORTFLIX was developed by Creative England and award-winning writer / director Carolina Giametta, in partnership with the National Youth Theatre, Sky Arts and Creative Skillset. All 5 films were produced by Delaval Film.

shortFLIX Final 5

From 300+ applications and following an initial development process with 26 shortlisted filmmakers, 5 outstanding projects were selected by a panel of commissioners to receive a production award of up to £10k each.

Our talented finalists will make their shorts for showcase on Sky Arts, working with experienced professionals and benefiting from further training, mentoring and support. Below you can read more about each of the projects, the individuals involved and how to keep up to date with them as they embark on their journey to being filmmakers.

BATTY BOY – Dior Clarke (right) & Blain Ho-Shing (left)

BATTY BOY is an uncompromising take on black gay culture unmasked, set against homophobia and dancehall music: “They say burn them, we say salute them.”

The duo formed as  Dior Clarke and Blain Ho-Shing will be working to bring you BATTY BOY.

Dior was born and raised in North London and despite financial challenges wouldn’t allow his fascination with performing arts get away. Since graduating from the London School of Dramatic Arts he is now a member of the National youth Theatre and aims to tell the stories we never see and inspire people.  He believes that you should "Never let someone tell you that you can't do something. If you have a dream you’ve gotta protect it."

Blain was born and raised in West London. As a former BRIT School for Performing Arts student, being creative has always been second nature to him Ultimately Blain’s passion is to tell stories of the personal, often thought-provoking experiences he encounters while navigating his way through life. Currently Blain freelances as a vocal coach training primary school children in strengthening their vocal ability and in musical drama, installing in them his life’s motto: “Practice like you’ve never won, perform like you’ve never lost.”

You can stay updated with Dior and Blain below:

TWITTER: @DIORCLARKE

INSTAGRAM: DIOR.CLARKE

TWITTER: @BLAIN HO-SHING

INSTAGRAM: SUPREME_ICON1

LADIES DAY – Abena Taylor-Smith

LADIES DAY is about a young, black lesbian who spends the day in an Afro-Caribbean hair salon. It’s full of fun, sheen spray, gossip and laughter, but how will she deal with the casual homophobia?

Abena is a freelance writer-director. First published at 16 years old, when she interviewed a lead actor from HBO’s The Wire, she wrote for student media throughout university and her most recent work is featured in Black Ballad and gal-dem magazines. Her favourite topics are film, music, food, gender and sexuality. She hopes to build a career in film, TV, print media and radio.

You can stay updated with Abena below:

Twitter:  @AbenaT_S

LOSING IT – Ben Robins

LOSING IT follows two twenty-somethings, who find their drunken hook-up going off the rails when the night takes a dark and absurd turn.

Ben is a freelance writer who’s spent the last year dodging all responsibility since graduating university. Having grown up on Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, and flirted with everything from the European arthouse to the dark, dark depths of American exploitation cinema, his tastes are a little all over the place. Losing It is his first short as a director, and as a self-confessed horror nerd and genre fan, he’s got his heart set on really pushing the envelope with his work.

You can stay updated with Ben below:

Twitter:  @BMLRobins

NOSEBLEED – Luna Carmoon

NOSEBLEED follows a pivotal week for long-time best friends Lilah and Coby, whose friendship is morphing into something far more venomous and toxic. A flower that once delicately bloomed proves to just as easily draw blood with its thorns…

Films were Luna’s escape growing up, school was always rough and lonesome so watching until she had no perception of her own reality made her feel better. Otto from REPO MAN was her dream guy, and no one has ever lived up to her expectation of this terrifically peng fictional character. Once she had left the so-called best years of her life behind, escaping teen-hood, this obsessive, almost disgusting amount of time bingeing on films came in handy. NOSEBLEED is her first short film. 🐍

You can stay updated with Luna below:

Instagram:  @lunacarmoon

Twitter:  @LunaCarmoon

TOGETHER, THEY SMOKE – Henry Gale

TOGETHER, THEY SMOKE is the story of a depressed young man. Following a failed suicide attempt, he must contend with the dysfunctions of his family, a cardboard coffin, and his own anxiety in order to say goodbye to his terminally ill mother.

Henry is a short film-maker, animator and writer, living in Bath. Since the age of 15, he’s dealt with tough issues through his work. Having tackled hard-hitting subjects such as toy dog attacks, semi-nude vampire hunting, and perilous journeys to buy milk, he’s decided it’s about time to depict something lighter; the death of his Mum. He’s delighted to have been chosen by shortFLIX, and is hoping that his film Together They Smoke can open a dialogue surrounding the tricky topics of death, cancer and suicide, whilst also raising the occasional smile. He’s very excited to get started.


We’ll be keeping updated with the final five projects over on our social channels… @creativeengland on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can also keep up to date with the filmmakers’ progress here on our website.

shortFLIX is lead by Creative England in partnership with National Youth Theatre and Sky Arts, with support from Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund.  

shortFLIX Ambassadors

Introducing our SHORTFLIX 2017 ambassadors

Noel Clarke, SHORTFLIX Ambassador (Actor & Producer): Star Trek into Darkness, Adulthood, Kidulthood.
"These types of programmes are so important for young filmmakers to gain the opportunity for hands on experience along with funding to bring their ideas to life. This industry is renowned for being hard to get into, so it's great to see that Shortflix is supporting fresh, new talent."

Riz Ahmed, SHORTFLIX Ambassador (Actor and Filmmaker): Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Four Lions, Jason Bourne
"Shortflix is exactly what we need right now as an industry and as a society - fresh voices and fresh stories that open up the conversation about who we are. To anyone who hasn't had a chance to make films but always wanted to - this is your chance to make yourself seen, and heard."

Ellie Kendrick, SHORTFLIX Ambassador (Actor and Filmmaker): Game of Thrones, The Levelling, An Education.
“Shortflix is brilliant way to get into the industry, to make the contacts you'll need and gain experience. I would urge anyone who is eligible for this project to apply, not only does it give you the funding to get your short film made, it also gives you support and workshops to help in the development of your film, which is really invaluable"

Joe Cole, SHORTFLIX Ambassador (Actor): Peaky Blinders, Skins, Green Room
“I’m really pleased to be supporting this chance for new young filmmaking talent from backgrounds underrepresented in the industry to get their first break”

Zawe Ashton, NYT Patron and Shortflix Ambassador (Actor, Playwright and Director): Fresh Meat, Blitz, Dreams of a Life

“It’s a pleasure to support this great opportunity for young undiscovered diverse talent to get a short film off the ground. Even if you’ve never had anything to do with film before, if you’ve got an idea, get involved.”

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