Skill and vision fuel the best short films, as these early experiments from revered directors illustrate.
Short films are at the heart of new British Cinema. It's in short filmmaking that countless emerging talents find their voice, and where a new generation of storytellers challenge and entertain in original ways. Among today's shorts filmmakers are the feature giants of tomorrow. The BFI has proudly backed many great shorts over the years and here you can find some of the most beautiful, fun and daring. From Stephen Frears' 1967 film debut to Terence Davies' remarkable trilogy and on to the 1990s 'New Directors', 21st century digital pioneers and beyond, the Shorts collection shows filmmakers at their experimental and innovative best.
Animation & Artists Moving Image20119 minsDirector: Louis Hudson
Kevin Eldon voices this oddball, award-winning animated short about a tiny middle-aged man who lives inside a stray cat.
Drama20118 minsDirector: Douglas Hart
Our parents always told us 'never talk to strangers'. But, surely, we all have to phone home sometimes? Award-winning short film starring Peter Mullan.
Animation & Artists Moving Image20095 minsDirector: Joseph Pierce
A family struggle to mask underlying resentments in this darkly funny animation from Joseph Pierce.
Animation & Artists Moving Image196717 minsDirector: B.S. Johnson
William Hoyland stars in this legendary, multi award-winning short film directed by the modernist writer and film-maker BS Johnson.
Drama199618 minsDirector: Lynne Ramsay
An ex-drug addict reflects on life in and out of prison in this short by BAFTA-winner Lynne Ramsay, based on real accounts.
Animation & Artists Moving Image199419 minsDirector: Simon Pummell
Simon Pummell's (Bodysong) visually ravishing sci-fi thriller exploring the future of virtual reality and the desire to transcend human limits.