shortFLIX Inspiration - 5 Short Films to Inspire

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.

DAYTIMER from Tilt Films on Vimeo.

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.

SLAP - BAFTA Nominated Short Film from Nick Rowland on Vimeo.

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.

Me & You ♥ A Love Story from Jack Tew on Vimeo.

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