Monday, 2 January 2012

Short Film Production 2012

Middle of Nowhere from retrofilms on Vimeo.

SCINTILLATION from Xavier Chassaing on Vimeo.

APRICOT — A Short Film by Ben Briand from Moonwalk Films on Vimeo.

Watching Shorts: Online
Atom Films
This is one of the oldest and most reliable short film screening websites, showing shorts from around the world.

BritFilms TV is a channel set up to showcase the work of independent filmmakers including: short films, documentaries, animations, trailers, and music videos. Note - not to be confused with the British Council-run site,

BFI: film download space
For a fee you can download classic shorts and features from the British Film Institute (BFI) Collections.

Channel Four: Four Docs
FourDocs is the broadband channel for documentary from Channel 4. Watch short docs from around the world, as well as classic feature-length documentaries. The site also has great advice on how to make docs as well as a history of documentary making.

Channel Four: Shorts And Clips
The screening section is one section of a larger ‘Film’ website offering lots of helpful information.

Coffee Shorts
In conjunction with Metacafe, Coffee Shorts offers a selection of quality short films in the drama, documentary, animation, comedy and experimental genres.

Current TV
Current TV is a global digital television channel on NTL and Sky. The website showcases short factual films and documentaries and the most popular films are broadcast on its TV channel.

This West Midlands-based site hosts short films from 2002 up the present, all of which were financed by Screen WM and the UK Film Council.

Films Short
A roundup of the some of the best short films available to watch on YouTube and other websites, embedded directly into the site.

Guardian Unlimited: Cybercinema
The Guardian used to provide this monthly round-up of some of the best short films on the web.

A more commercial site that has features, music videos, viral videos, games and information.

Love Film
Love Film, the online DVD rental service, offers a selection of free and pay-to-view short films as downloads and streams.

A not-for-profit company promoting artists' moving image work. Includes a showcase of artists' video and clips.

Described as a 'boutique' Video-on-Demand service, this offering from the screen agency Screen South and short film distributor Final Cut streams a selection of short films for free and paid-for films for download. You have to become a member of the community to view the content.

My Space: film
This popular social networking website has a section for films and filmmakers.

Pixar: shorts
Shorts from Academy award-winning animation studio, Pixar.

Pocket Movies
A selection of shorts (as well as animations, commercials etc) are available to download (for free but with the option of making a donation).

Raindance TV
A new offering from the people behind the festival: a blend of independently-produced, feature and short films via its website and other IPTV / mobile networks.

The Smalls
Short film showcase and filmmaking community. As well as the website, they run events and competitions.

Trigger Street
Short filmmakers can upload their films, get reviews from other site members and download numerous screenplays submitted by aspiring writers.

A music video wire - watch or post links to cool music videos.

The video-uploading website is more credible among creatives than its rival YouTube and it's also easier to discover exciting new filmmaking through its curated collections and recommendations.

You Tube
Whilst this popular video sharing website is largely dominated by homemade videos and user-generated virals, if you know the short you're looking for it might be worth a look here.

Watching Shorts On
Sites (other than Film Network) where you can watch short films on

*Please note that all three of the below are no longer updated by the BBC, although archive video content is still available.

Blast is an initiative encouraging 13-19 year olds throughout the UK to get involved in dance, film, art and music. In the film section of the site, you can watch short films made by young filmmakers.

New Talent: film
New Talent run a number of schemes to find new filmmaking talent. In the Watch & Listen section, you can see shorts made by previous winners and finalists of these schemes.

Video Nation
Online community where you can watch and post short documentary films about everyday life in the UK. This site also has an archive with FAQs and filming tips.

Watching Shorts: Television
Channel Four: Animate!
Animate! regularly commissions slates of short animations that are funded by Arts Council England and Channel Four. These films are then shown on Channel Four.

Channel Four: 3 Minute Wonder
3 Minute Wonder is a slot on Channel Four that broadcasts up-and-coming new directors' three-minute documentaries after the Channel 4 News on weekdays.

Channel 4: Four Docs
As well as being shown on the website, some of these four-minute documentaries are also screened on Channel 4 or More4.

Current TV
Current TV is a global digital television channel on NTL and Sky. The website showcases short factual films and documentaries and the most popular films are broadcast on its TV channel.

A new digital satellite television channel on Sky. As well as showing short films, Film24 programmes include news and previews of upcoming and current releases, interviews with stars and behind-the-scenes filmmaking features.

Propeller TV
A not-for-profit digital satellite television channel on Sky and NTL that shows short films.

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