FILMCLUB and the British Council celebrate short films

24th March, 2013

Though not often seen at cinemas or outside of film festivals, short films can often be the home of some of the most unique and innovative stories cinema has to offer. With restrictions on time and often budget, short films are a hive of creativity — that's why we love them!

In partnership with the British Council our Films Team have curated two great programmes of short films for Primary and Secondary clubs. We've teamed up to create accompanying resources which include discussion points and review starters on each short film:

Download the primary resource

Download the secondary resource

Film World — Short Cuts

Also available are two new editions of Film World to complement the programme and resources. The Primary edition includes an in-depth look at the shorts in the programme, finishing off with a short-film related crossword to test how much you remembered!

Download Primary edition


The Secondary edition of Film World looks at some of the directors you might know who cut their teeth through short cinema — people like Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan.

Download Secondary edition



Watch our accompanying webcasts

Two of the fantastic filmmakers featured in these editions of Film World joined us for FILMCLUB Live February when we celebrated International Women's Day.

Sally Pearce's short Elephant is part of our Primary programme. Watch our webcast with her to find out what gave her the idea for her beautiful animation.

Vicky Mather's award winning Stanley Pickle is included in our Secondary programme — the story of a clockwork boy who tries to escape his life when he sees a beautiful girl dancing outside his house. Watch the webcast to learn all about the fascinating animation technique Vicky used.

FILMCLUB and the British Council

The British Council links UK films and filmmakers to new, international audiences, and we're delighted to be launching our partnership with them with this series of short films, in a bid to engage young people with the best of up and coming British filmmaking. Who knows? The people behind these films could be picking up Oscars and BAFTAs in the not-too-distant future!

The partnership offers short filmmakers another much valued audience base outside of the film festivals circuit as well as helping to inspire the next generation of cinema goers to be open to the diverse range of films on offer to them at any given time.        

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