Short Films for Secondary

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5 people in film club watching screen

At Into Film we define a short film as anything between 1 to 40 minutes. A short film can be a great taster before a feature, a brilliant distraction if you only have 10 minutes to spare, a succinct and absorbing way to bring a subject to life, or even support literacy learning in the classroom. Short film programmes can also be watched all in one go in replace of a feature film, providing lots of different stories and characters for young audiences to engage with and that can be used in support of teaching critical anaysis and comprehension skills. This list brings together the strongest short films and collection of short films on our catalogue for Secondary ages. In particular, our British Council Short Film programmes which showcase the best of short films made by British filmmakers for young people that year and are specially curated by the Into Film Programming Team for our catalogue. Similarly, the Encounters Short Film Festival collections are the result of annual film programming workshops that Into Film host with keen young programmers across the UK who over a day watch and select their favourite short films submitted to the festival. Including animation, live action, documentary and archive film this list offers an introduction to the array of short film content available on the catalogue, whether it be for your club or in the classroom.

British Council Shorts 2016: Secondary

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration96 mins

British Council Shorts 2016: Secondary(2016)

The best of British short film in 2016 for secondary ages curated by the Into Film programming team.

A brand new collection of short films made by young British filmmakers specially curated by the Into Film Programming Team for ages 11+.

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Encounters Short Film Festival 2015: Small Journeys

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration61 mins

Encounters Short Film Festival 2015: Small Journeys(2015)

An exciting programme of new short films from around the world suitable for ages 14+, put together by Into Film young programmers.

Encounters Short Film Festival is a Bristol-based annual festival dedicated to short film. In the lead up to it, Into Film host a series of film programming workshops with young people who get to select the festival’s best films for young people. This collection features six short films from filmmakers around the world and is specifically aimed at audiences aged 14 to 16.

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British Council Shorts 2014: Secondary

CertUnclassified

Age group11+

Duration76 mins

British Council Shorts 2014: Secondary(2014)

Ten new British short films suitable for Secondary ages.

Following up on the success of the 2013 collection, in 2014 we set out to find a new batch of great short films for Secondary audiences made by British filmmakers. Made up of ten films the collection features a diverse array of live action, animation and documentary.

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Encounters Short Film Festival - Fresh Flix: Shoot From The Hip

CertUnclassified

Age group16+

Duration62 mins

Encounters Short Film Festival - Fresh Flix: Shoot From The Hip(2013)

Five short films by female directors as part of the Encounters Film Festival

Selected by a group of 18-25 year olds as part of a scheme run by the Watershed cinema in Bristol this is a strong line-up of five short films made by women across Europe featuring a wide array of important and compelling stories.

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British Council Shorts 2013: Secondary

CertUnclassified

Age group11+

Duration80 mins

British Council Shorts 2013: Secondary(2013)

Time-travelling chickens, a clockwork family and clumsy undertakers are some of the characters found in this fantastic programme of shorts.

This programme was curated by the Into Film Programming Team specifically for showcasing British filmmakers and the best short film content for young people aged 11 and above made in 2013. These seven short films have proven very successful over the years due to their youth-focussed stories and the variety of filmmaking genres and techniques the collection presents.

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Encounters Short Film Festival 2015: Pic'n'Mix

CertUnclassified

Age group11–14

Duration65 mins

Encounters Short Film Festival 2015: Pic'n'Mix(2015)

A brilliant selection of new short films from around the world suitable for ages 11+, put together by Into Film young programmers.

Fittingly titled 'Pic'n'Mix' by the young programmers who put this programme together, this collection of films from the 2015 Encounters Short Film Festival presents an eclectic mix of short animation, live action, youth made films and documentary aimed at young people aged 11 to 14.

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Institut Francais - La Vie En Courts (Life in Shorts)

CertUnclassified

Age group7+

Duration85 mins

Institut Francais - La Vie En Courts (Life in Shorts)(2012)

A selection of French short films aimed at supporting language learning.

An assorted collection of 10 French films including animation and live action suitable for a variety of age-ranges from 11 to 16 plus. In French with English subtitles they are great for language learning as well as an entertaining and accessible gateway into watching foreign language film.

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The Joy Of Six

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration84 mins

The Joy Of Six(2010)

A great collection of British shorts about everything from a kebab-shop knife-fight to senior citizens exploring the world of online dating.

Specifically for older audiences this is a concise programme of six short films made by British filmmakers that touch on more daring, challenging and at times darkly comic themes.

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Grandma

CertUnclassified

Age group11+

Duration6 mins

Grandma(2012)

An affecting Australian short about the consequences of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, illustrating how our lives can change instantly.

A powerful 6 minute film that offers a platform to discuss gun crime and the effect on young people and their families.

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A is For Autism

CertE

Age group11+

Duration11 mins

A is For Autism(1992)

Multi-award-winning animated documentary short about living with autism.

An 11 minute animated documentary detailing the experiences of autistic people using their own words and pictures – great for those with autism to relate to a film about themselves as well as for young audiences to get an insight into what autism is.

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War Game

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration29 mins

War Game(2001)

This short animated feature is based on a children's novel about four football-loving friends who enlist in the army and to fight in World War One.

Engaging 30 minute animated drama that allows young audiences to understand elements of what life was like for soldiers during World War One.

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Electric Edwardians

CertE

Age group11+

Duration68 mins

Electric Edwardians(1900)

This black and white documentary collection from the start of the last century is a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in Edwardian Britain.

For an engaging peek into everyday life during Edwardian era Britain this collection pulls together documentary film from that period into accessible topics like Sport and Industry.

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Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon)

CertU

Age group7+

Duration15 mins

Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon)(1902)

Fascinating early slice of science fiction and a founding stone of modern cinema.

One of the earliest fiction films ever made at 14 minutes long this is a brilliant introduction for younger audiences to classic black and white silent cinema and pioneering uses of special effects.

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Shakespeare - The Animated Tales - Disc 1

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration100 mins

Shakespeare - The Animated Tales - Disc 1(1992)

Wonderful animated versions of Shakespeare's plays - the perfect way to get to know the work of Britain's greatest writers.

An affecting way to engage members with Shakespeare’s plays and language. There are three discs in this series that cover his most well-known works, with each one is animated in a different style to suit the individual play’s themes and tones.

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Paris, Je T'aime

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration115 mins

Paris, Je T'aime(2006)

A collection of 18 short films from some of the world's best filmmakers, each set in a different part of Paris.

Including short films by established feature filmmakers like the Coen Brothers, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Isabel Coixet, Olivier Assayas and Thomas Tykwer this is an eclectic range of stories that act as a filmic love letter to the city of Paris.

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Bright, Bad and British!

CertUnclassified

Age group11+

Duration45 mins

Bright, Bad and British!(2015)

A collection of extraordinary footage from the BFI National Archive capturing the suffragette movement in the early 20th century.

From newsreels to comedy this is an important and stimulating collection of films documenting the Suffragette movement in Britain that can be watched in segments or enjoyed in one go.

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The Bully

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration23 mins

The Bully(2009)

A moving Australian short film that looks at the causes of bullying and how bad advice can make matters worse.

Strong 23 minute anti-bullying themed high school drama that touches on body image issues from a boy's point of view and the consequences of taking bad advice.

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Pumzi

Cert12

Age group11–14

Duration21 mins

Pumzi(2009)

An African sci-fi short film set in a post-apocalyptic future, years after World War Three - the water war.

An intriguing 21 minute film reminiscent of George Lucas’ THX1138 and a brilliant example of a genre of film titled Afrofutursim that will complement any science, environmental or climate change learning.

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Undefeated

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration26 mins

Undefeated(2012)

Powerful short film set in a London high-school, exploring social issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and the stigma it continues to receive.

A brilliant conversation starter for a difficult topic. The film features different characters whose decision-making in the film is clearly sign-posted and can therefore be individually questioned and debated.

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Boya Boya (Shine Shine)

CertUnclassified

Age group11+

Duration18 mins

Boya Boya (Shine Shine)(2014)

Short documentary focusing on 12 year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed as he shines shoes to earn enough to feed his family.

Captivating 18 minute documentary film that captures a child’s unique point of view of the experience of being a refugee.

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Callum

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration14 mins

Callum(2011)

A poignant coming-of-age tale that examines how quickly reckless actions can turn to tragedy.

A compelling first film by a student filmmaker, this is another great short for exploring anti-bullying issues from a teen boy’s point of view.

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Hamsa

CertUnclassified

Age group11+

Duration20 mins

Hamsa(2016)

Moving short documentary portrait of a Syrian refugee family who have been relocated to a small German village.

A truly life-affirming 20 minute documentary from the point of view of a devoted mother who provides an uplifting perspective on what happens to refugee families when they are re-homed in a different country.

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Aardman Classics

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration157 mins

Aardman Classics(2000)

Collection of animation shorts bringing together some of the funniest moments from one of the most popular production companies in Britain.

Hilarious series of mockumentary animations of animals trapped in a zoo talking about their lives. Made by the same people behind Wallace and Gromit, Aardman serve up their trademark clay-mation with a wittier, older edge.

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Harold Lloyd Collection

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration1746 mins

Harold Lloyd Collection(1921)

He might not be as famous as his contemporaries Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, but Harold Lloyd was still the clown prince of silent slapstick.

A series of short silent comedies made in early 20th century that see the development of his bespectacled character Harold.

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TRIGGA

CertUnclassified

Age group11–16

Duration16 mins

TRIGGA(2016)

British short film about a young girl who takes unusual steps to overcome the bullies in her class.

A creative and empowering short film about overcoming bullies on your own terms.

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