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A shortlist of short films

Writing in today’s Evening News, I mentioned that like to see our cinemas bring back short films before the main features, harking back to a time when an evening’s entertainment comprised a series of short films strung together from newsreels, cartoons and documentaries.

Would losing five minutes of adverts to give up-and-coming filmmakers a chance to shine in front of the latest Hollywood blockbuster really be such a bad thing? After all, that’s how Ridley Scott, Shane Meadows and other directors got noticed.

Until that happens here are a few short films I’ve seen over the last year or so that you might find interesting – the first three started out life as shorts but were expanded into full movies after being spotted by eager executives.

First up is director Neill Blomkamp’s Alive in Joberg, the 2005 film which inspired this year’s sci-fi blockbuster District 9:

Next up is Shane Acker’s 9, another short film which ended up becoming a feature film, also called 9 and starring Elijah Woods:

My final sci-fi themed short is called Panic Attack and has a similar vibe to it as Joberg/District 9. Director Fede Alvarez took this to Hollywood and was immediately signed-up to make it into a multi-million dollar action film:

Finally, here’s Shane Meadows’ The Stairwell, a short film made entirely on a mobile phone for zero budget, proving it doesn’t take much to make something interesting:

Feel free to add your own links to your favourite short films in the comments section below.