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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.

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All Consuming Love
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All Consuming Love

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.

Anthony
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Anthony

Comedy201315 minsDirector: J. van Tulleken

Tim Key stars stars as a surly and self-centred Santa in this pitch-black Christmas comedy.

Baby
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Baby

Drama200012 minsDirector: Wiz

A teenager (Ben Whishaw) pays a sexually charged visit to the swimming pool.

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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.

The Chocolate Acrobat
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The Chocolate Acrobat

Fantasy199538 minsDirector: Tessa Sheridan

An elderly woman in a care home strikes up a sensual, nostalgic relationship with a young nurse.

A Family Portrait
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A Family Portrait

Animation & Artists Moving Image20095 minsDirector: Joseph Pierce

A family struggle to mask underlying resentments in this darkly funny animation from Joseph Pierce.

Forgotten the Queen from Subscription Shorts

More short films in our Subscription collection.

Floating from Backed By BFI: Shorts

More Backed by BFI: Shorts in our Free collection.