Written by Stephen Fellows and directed by Oscar Sharp, Sign Language won both the reed.co.uk short film competition and the Virgin Media Shorts competition in the UK and it’s easy to see why. It is a subtle and likeableromantic comedy narrated by a ‘board guy’, someone who stands on London’s Oxford Street holding up signs for gold sales and similarly enticing […]

Created by British filmmakers Phil Sansom and Olly Williams, The Black Hole is a deceptively simple story that puts a fantastical discovery in a mundane world. Charlie, a tired office-woker, will xerox something life-changing: his very own black hole. Unfortunately, his instinct to use it for quick personal gain will backfire somewhat. It won the inaugral Virgin Media Shorts competion […]

Keith Reynolds Can’t Make It Tonight is a sly animation to have on the best British short films page because it is apparently set in the USA (though the spelling of ‘tonight’ ensures we all know that it is in fact British). The short animation tells the story of Keith Reynolds, a man who has worked at the same company […]

Post-it Love, written and directed by the British filmmaking duo Simon Atkinson & Adam Townley (thus Si & Ad) is just about as close to perfection as you can get in a three minute romantic short film. A little like the even more successful Signs (seen here), Post-it Love shows us two shy office workers looking for love but unable to say […]

Photograph Of Jesus is a hard film to categorise, which is perhaps why I like it so much. It is a funny, interesting, stop-motion animated documentary about some of the weirder and more asinine requests for photographs at Getty Images (including the eponymous request for a photograph of Jesus) in Britain. It is narrated by archivist Matthew Butson and is the second […]

I will tell anyone who will listen that Kurosawa was the best director there ever was (making only one not great film). Most of Hollywood is indebted to him on some level. So imagine my delight that Belgian filmmaker Nicolas Provost created this mesmerising, reflective montage of Kurosawa’s work, called Papillon d’Armour (Butterfly of Love), which won an honourable […]

Flatlife is a comical animation from Belgian filmmaker Jonas Geirnaert. We are given a side view of four rooms that divide up the screen equally and watch as an action in one room has an effect on another. There is also a constant flow between the different flats. Flatlife was nominated for the Palme d’Or and won the separate Jury Prize for best shot […]

Usually known by its original title (Tanghi Argentini), Argentine Tangos is a beautiful Christmas short film from Belgian filmmaker Guy Thys. It was deservedly nominated for the Best Short Oscar as well as winning the Best Foreign Short at the prestigious LA Shorts Fest. Full of the Christmas spirit, Argentine Tangos is a comedy drama that follows a middle-aged office-worker’s attempt to fulfil his […]

The Escape was created by Jakarta-based enterprise, Enspire Studio. It may not be the most thought-provoking short film to come out of Asia but it is a neat computer animation about a woman trying to escape her predators. Andre Surya has worked on Hollywood feature films, including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Iron Man, Star Trek, and Terminator: Salvation. He and a colleauge formed Enspire […]

Written by Frenchmen Benoit Lach and Vincent Lafortune, and directed by the former, I Am An Actress (Je Suis Une Actrice) is a simple but thought-provoking black comedy about a wannabe actress desperate to impress a director when she goes to what she thinks is an audition in ther latter’s Paris apartment. Made in 2014, this is not a […]