The Crush is an Irish live action short film, written and directed by first-timer Michael Creagh, and produced by Damon Quinn. The film was shot during Easter 2009 in Skerries, north Dublin. Creagh cast his nine-year-old son Oran in the lead role of the story. The story sees an eight-year-old schoolboy (played by Oran Creagh) fall in love with his teacher, Miss Purdy. One day he gives her a toy ring to show his affection. But heartbreak abounds when he bumps into Miss Purdy and her boyfriend having just bought a very real engagement ring.
The film was awarded Best Irish Short at the 23rd Foyle Film Festival. On 25 January 2011, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.
‘In the heartwarming “The Crush,” by Ireland’s Michael Creagh. A precocious schoolboy takes bold action when he learns he has an adult rival for his beloved teacher’s affections.’ San Fransisco Chronicle
Academy Awards, USA 2011 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film – Live Action
Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Winner of the Special Mention for best Narrative Short
The film deals with themes which are relevant and pertinent to our current social climate; young people struggling to find somewhere they can call home, the place for compassion in society, ideas about community, and people’s rights to make decisions for themselves. In essence though, it’s a really simple film about people connecting with each other.
Written by Richard Sainsbury and Directed by Greg Ash, MR. INVISIBLE is an Award Winning Short Film about a lonely old man who feels invisible to the world around him. When he travels to the heart of London – we realize being unnoticed – proves to be his greatest weapon.
‘What makes this film brilliant – is how fragile and stereotypical this character “seems” to be. The explosive ending – not only takes you by surprise – it makes you realize how inaccurate our perceptions can be’ Take 2 Indie
Aspen Shortsfest 2014 Winner of the Audience Award – Special Recognition and winner of the Special Jury Award
Austin Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Audience Award
Heathcote Film Festival 2015 Winner of the People’s Choice Award
Kerry Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Festival Prize
Newport Beach Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Grand Jury Award
Palm Springs International ShortFest 2013 WinnerBest of the Festival Live Action/Comedy
Phoenix Film Festival 2014 Winner World Cinema Short Award
Nigel has fallen in love. But when you live in orbit, aboard a ramshackle space hovel with the most risk-averse family imaginable, it isn’t easy to follow your heart – especially when the girl of your dreams is spinning around earth the wrong way!
Almería International Short Film Festival 2014 Winner of Best Art Direction – International Short films. Winner Best Short Film – International Competition. Winner – Gil Parrondo Award for Best Artistic Director.
Boulder International Film Festival 2015 Winner of the BIFF Award
Encounters International Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Bristol Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards. Winner DepicT! ’13 RPS Cinematography Award
Earthy Encounters is a short family action-adventure film about a 15-year-old boy who believes he can save his terminally ill brother with an ancient, sentient plant he’s unearthed in the garden centre he works at.
The film premiered at Tribeca 2018, and has been a big festival hit, playing 40 international festivals and winning awards at Dublin, Seattle, Newport Beach, Hamilton and San Jose.
Dublin International Film Festival 2018 Winner Fantastic Flix Best Short Film
Hamilton Film Festival, CA 2018 Winner Festival Prize for Best Short Film
Newport Beach Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Short Film Award for Best Family Film
David, a 15-year-old living in the Cancer ward of a children’s hospital, is asked by Dreamscape Charity representative for his biggest dream. David states that he would like to lose his virginity before he dies. The shocked representative attempts to talk David into meeting a celebrity, but David insists that losing his virginity is all he wants.
Wish 143 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. The film won Best Short Film UK Feature at London Independent Film Festival.
Academy Awards, USA 2011 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action
London Independent Film Festival 2010 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short Film UK Feature
Palm Springs International ShortFest 2010 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Live Action
Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2010 Winner of the Long Form Award
Wale is a 2018 British short film written and directed by Barnaby Blackburn. The film, starring Jamie Sives, Raphel Famotibe, Roger Nsengiyumva and Clare Perkins, is a social-realist thriller about an ex-offender trying to ply his trade as a mechanic who is deceived by a client and framed for murder over the course of a single horrific night. It was Blackburn’s debut film.
The film deals with issues of racial discrimination, social injustice and the frustrations of young people trying to reimagine themselves in London.
Wale was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film in 2019 and was shortlisted for Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
Wale was selected and screened at over 50 film festivals around the world. The film won the top prize at a number of Oscar-qualifying festivals including the Best Short Film at Bronzelens Film Festival, the Best Narrative Short at Urbanworld Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at Dances With Films. In December 2019, it was announced that Wale had been shortlisted for the 91st Academy Awards. After winning the Best Thriller award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Wale qualified for selection for the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards and was nominated for Best British Short Film.
BAFTA Awards 2019 Nominee for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Short Film
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Thriller
BendFilm Festival 2018 Winner of the Best Narrative Short Film for Best Narrative Short Film
BronzeLens Film Festival, Atlanta, US 2018 Winner of the Festival Award for Best Short Film
Dances With Films 2018 Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film
The Silent Child is a British sign-language short film written by and starring Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton, and released in 2017 by Slick Films. It tells the story of Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl, who lives a silent life until a social worker, played by Shenton, teaches her how to communicate through sign language. The film won the Oscar for Live Action Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards. The film’s television debut was on BBC One to an audience of 3.6 million, the film then received an extended period on BBC iPlayer.
‘Realistic and moving, with beautiful cinematography, this is a stirring call for awareness of the plight of deaf schoolchildren. ‘ Arts Fuse
Academy Awards, USA 2018 Winner of the Oscar for Best Live Short Film
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award
American Short Film Awards 2017Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film of The Year
Encounters International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award for the Shorts Showcase Award
Gold Movie Awards 2017 Winner of the Best of the Year Award Best of the Year
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Award of Recognition
Lift-Off Global Network, London 2017 Winner of the Lift-Off Season Award
London Independent Film Awards 2017 Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Actress
London Independent Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Grand Jury Prize
New Renaissance Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Jury Prize
The Phone Call is a 2013 British short drama film. It was directed by Mat Kirkby and written by Kirkby and James Lucas. It won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards. The film stars Sally Hawkins as Heather, a crisis hotline counsellor trying to dissuade Stanley (Jim Broadbent), an unseen distraught caller, from a suicide attempt following the death of his wife.
‘Easily one of my favorite shorts from the 2014 Heartland Film Festival, The Phone Call is a deeply felt and emotionally unforgettable 20 minute short that will stay with you long after you’ve left the theater.’ The Independent Critic
Academy Awards, USA 2015 Winner of the Oscar for Best Short Film
American Short Film Awards 2013 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film of The Year
Aspen Shortsfest 2014 Winner of the Audience Award – Special Recognition
Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short Film
International Film Festival ASTERFEST 2015 Winner of the Aco Aleksov Award for Best Auteur
Krakow Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Silver Dragon for Best Fiction Film
The film is based on the “Monologue About a Whole Life Written Down on Doors, the testimony of Nikolai Fomich Kalugin” by Svetlana Alexievich (from her book Voices from Chernobyl). The Irish Film Board provided money for the making of the film. The film won in the Short Film category at the 6th Irish Film and Television Awards in 2009 and was nominated in the category of Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. The film also won awards at film festivals held in Bilbao, Cork and Foyle and won “best director” at the Polish Grand OFF 2009 as well as winning the Sarajevo Film Festival’s Katrin Cartlidge Bursary 2009.
‘There’s something quite haunting about the relationship between the two women: in some surprising ways, this is a determinedly unsentimental work.’ The Age
Academy Awards, USA 2010 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film
Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films 2008 Winner of the Golden Mikeldi for Best Short
Cork International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best First Short by an Irish Director
Foyle Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short
Irish Film and Television Awards 2009 Winner of the IFTA Award Best Short Film
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A loving family set off in their car on what seems like a carefree family outing. They sing, stop for ice- creams and play eye-spy. However, it becomes clear that this isn’t a happy outing after all and only once the car arrives does the actuality of the narrative fully manifest.
‘A remarkable piece with a fantastic central performance, Sylvia is a short film much like its namesake: reliable, not faultless but in pretty good condition, and able to provide you with a fantastic journey. ‘ UK Film Review
Manhattan Short Film Festival 2019 – Gold Medal Winner *Oscar Qualifying
SCAD Film Festival 2019 – Best Editing
The American Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2019 – Best Short Film
Cordillera International Film Festival 2019 – Jury Award Best of Fest
Pittsburgh Short Film Festival 2019 – Best Narrative Audience award
New Renaissance Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress
Chelmsford Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress
Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Best Actress
Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Runner Up Best Short Film
Elba Film Festival 2019 – Silver Best Actress
Elba Film Festival 2019 – Bronze Best Screenplay
Show Low Film Festival 2019 – Best of Fest
Aguilar Film Festival 2019 – Young Jury Award – Best Film
Sydney Indy Film Festival 2018 – Best Film
Norwich Film Festival 2018 – Best East Anglian Film *BIFA & BAFTA Qualifying
Tri-Force Film Festival 2018 – William Bryne Award for Promising Director
Overcome Film Festival 2018 – Best Director
London Independent Film Awards 2018 – Best Short Film
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2018 – Best Short Film
London Lift-Off Film Festival 2018 – Special Mention for Best Short Film
New Boy is a 2007 Irish short film based on the short story by Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter, Roddy Doyle. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. The film is about a young boy’s experience as he moves from a rural town in Africa to Ireland: a new country, a different school system and a whole new set of customs.
Academy Awards, USA 2009 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action
Amiens International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film
Belfast Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Highly Commended Award
Berlin International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Crystal Bear – Special Mention for best Short Film
Cork International Film Festival 2007 Winner Audience Award for Best International Short Film
Foyle Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short
Irish Film and Television Awards 2008 Winner of the IFTA Award for Best Short Film
Kerry Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short
Manhattan Short Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Short Film
Melbourne International Film Festival 2008 Winner of Outstanding Short Film Promoting Human Values
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the First Prize for Best Short Film
Seattle International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Short Film Competition Special Jury Award for Best Short Film
Tirana International Film Festival, AL 2007 Winner of the Audience Award
Tribeca Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short
Vail Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best Short Film
Critic Reviews‘True-crime reenactments have been popular fodder for short-film directors of late, but this one is unusually effective, relying on transcripts of police interviews with the two suspects, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables (played by Leon Hughes and Ely Solan in a pair of stunning child performances), to provide a window into their psychology.’ Variety
AwardsWinner Grand Prix, HCA Award, Odense International Film Festival Winner of the ‘Don Quixote’ Award, Krakow Film Festival Winner of the ‘Young Director’ Award, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2018 Winner of the ‘Young Jury’ Award, Best of International Short Films Festival 2019 Winner of the ‘Emerging Director’ Award, Emerging Directors Awards 2020
Boogaloo and Graham is a 2014 British short drama film directed by Michael Lennox and starring Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, and Jonathan Harden. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film at the 68th British Academy Film Awards.
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.
BAFTA Awards 2015 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Best British Short Film.
Aspen Shortsfest 2015 Winner of the The Ellen.
Alli and Jacob are a couple of 30-somethings living in New York City with their three young children. Alli is busy and stressing in nursing the kids, straining her relationship with husband Jacob. Alli’s apartment’s window faces with an apartment neighbour’s window. Alli and Jacob both covertly spy on the couple, bitter about their loss of youth and new responsibilities as parents.
One day, Jacob comments that the neighbour man has “shaved his head” and looks hungover. Shortly after, while Jacob and the kids are out, Alli spies across the street again to find the man in hospice; he dies soon after. Alli goes out to witness the man being taken out in a body bag and finds the wife crying on the sidewalk. The woman reveals that ever since her husband became “sick,” they would find comfort in watching the family through the window, much in the way Jacob and Alli did. The two embrace.
“Savvy viewers may guess where this is all going, but Curry doesn’t push the emotions or the pace despite showing a decent passage of time.” Eye for Film
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Best Live Action Short – Winner of the Audience Award
Traverse City Film Festival, Best Fiction Short – Winner of the Audience Award
Hollyshorts Film Festival, Best Drama Winner
SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
St. Louis International Film Festival, Best of the Fest Winner
Nashville Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
Rhode Island Film Festival, Best Live Action Short Winner
Woodstock Film Festival, Best Short Film Winner
Award winning Bertie is an unusual comedy about parenthood and bereavement. The film contrasts the end of a life with the beginning of a new one. When Tom and Lisa arrive at their dream picturesque home, they think that have found the ultimate countryside utopia in which they can bring up their newborn son, Charlie. Until they meet their new neighbour Ann and Bertie, an irascible pug, who not only wakes them at night but awakens them to the afterlife.
Beverly Hills Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film.
Cleveland International Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Best Live Action Short Film – Honorable Mention – Best Live Action Comedy Short Film – Honorable Mention.
Savannah Film Festival 2018 – Winner of the Spotlight Award