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Film Academy Shorts

We present the very best shorts by young filmmakers, produced through the BFI Film Academy.

Every year, 66 of the most talented filmmakers aged 16-19 attend the BFI Film Academy residential programme, where they work with leading industry professionals. Each student specialises in in a particular craft, such as editing, cinematography or sound, and together they produce films showcasing their skills, which are acquired for the BFI National Archive. These graduate films offer a taste of some of the great work being made by young filmmakers across the UK. The BFI Film Academy residential programme – craft skills is delivered by the National Film and Television School (NFTS)

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AA503
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AA503

Drama8 mins

Lucy hasn't been the same since suffering a personal crisis, but will a malfunctioning robot help her regain her sense of what it is to be human?

Fighting Irish
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Fighting Irish

Drama201612 mins

Aideen, a young teenager, takes on the brutal sport of boxing to prove that she can be the next Fighting Irish.

The Fall
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The Fall

Drama20168 mins

When misfit Poppy arrives home covered in blood, how far will her stepfather go to protect her and himself?

Silver
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Silver

Drama20167 mins

An adopted orphan has a second chance at a happy life, but can he let go of his past in order to enjoy his future?

Arcadia
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Arcadia

Drama201610 mins

Waking in the mysterious forest, amnesiac Samantha undertakes a journey accompanied by the witty yet puzzling Sebastian...

Paralysis
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Paralysis

Drama20169 mins

Struggling with the pressures of homophobia when her partner is taken away by a hateful mother, a young gay woman struggles to cope with the traumas and anxieties of her life.

Afterlife
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Afterlife

Comedy201510 mins

After Martin Stevens is killed in a car accident he finds himself in a waiting room, pending judgement.

Möbius
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Möbius

Science Fiction20155 mins

In a dystopian future where a totalitarian government rules all, prisoner Hearn must make a choice: to stay incarcerated forever or participate in project Möbius.

Jigsaw
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Jigsaw

Drama20158 mins

A mismatched couple begin to realise that they need each other more than they thought.

Enchanted Rose
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Enchanted Rose

Drama201510 mins

Short film about a woman who fabricates her own version of a perfect fairytale to escape the harsh reality of her life.

Last Birthday
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Last Birthday

Drama201510 mins

A carefree retiree clashes with his authoritarian, health-and-safety obsessed carer in this charming short comedy.

Shards
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Shards

Drama20155 mins

After her world is shattered before her eyes, sixteen year old Maeve finds herself unable to escape the violence of her life.

Dust
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Dust

Drama201413 mins

Seduced by the glamour and promise of a god-like existence, James finds himself competing for the affections of both the charismatic Harry and the alluring Kate.

Canned
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Canned

Comedy20145 mins

A struggling executive in a failing cat food business is tasked with finding a solution to save the company but is put under further pressure by a young office upstart.

Cha Cha Cha
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Cha Cha Cha

Drama20139 mins

When a world-weary wife decides to disappear on a spiritual retreat in India, her whole relationship with her husband is called into question, with comic and tragic results.

The Wondrous World of Work
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The Wondrous World of Work

Comedy20149 mins Location: High Wycombe

When Callum undertakes work experience with his embarrassing Nan, Madge, he soon discovers that the world of jacket potatoes can be complicated.

Man of the House
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Man of the House

Drama20138 mins

After a traumatic burglary, a mother and grown-up daughter find reconciliation and understanding through shared memories of the now departed ‘man of the house’.

White Rose
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White Rose

Drama20149 mins

Eddie and Johnny have to face up to their actions after an unfortunate run-in with intimidating neighbour Mr Smalls.

Teach Me
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Teach Me

Drama20138 mins

A city banker turned social worker has to starkly face his own anger, frustration and feelings of violence when he’s provoked by an aggressive and manipulative teenager.

French Cricket
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French Cricket

Drama20148 mins

The solidarity of an unstable, fatherless family is called into question when they find themselves in the midst of a greater enemy.

The Other Side of the Wall
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The Other Side of the Wall

Drama201310 mins

An irritated homeowner, frustrated by the grieving mother outside his house, manages to find the sympathy and fellow feeling which helps her to move on.

Bus Stop
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Bus Stop

Drama20148 mins

When teenage runaway bride Nelli encounters the rebellious De, she struggles with the decision of whether or not to marry childhood sweetheart Jake.

Been a Riot
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Been a Riot

Student film20137 mins Location: London

Locked in a basement during the summer riots of 2012, a WPC and the young tearaway she’s arrested have to learn to trust each other and find a common bond.

Voices in the Attic
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Voices in the Attic

Drama20138 mins

A grieving mother is helped to come to terms with the tragic death of her child by a mysterious stranger.