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5 short films to inspire you

August is normally one of the quieter months of the year, giving us the time to reflect and discover inspirational resources so new ideas for future projects are born. To help you take advantage of this prime time, we’ve picked out some of our favourite short films released over the last eight months. The collection highlights a range of innovative techniques and fresh ways to communicate to an audience through the short film medium. From sobering documentaries with an environmental focus to a powerful interpretation on mental health, these short films made it to the top of our list…  

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Flowers by Dumas Haddad

This is an afro-futuristic fairytale of love, following a ceremony of a mother giving away her son, adopting references to classic Disney stories from the 1930s-50s, modernising tropes for a coming of age tale.

Nervosa by Thessa Meijer

Spotted on Short of the Week, this is a powerful short film revealing the ugly truth about eating disorders and explores the continuous struggles of those battling with eating disorders even when their illness is no longer visible. 

The Fourfold by Alisi Telengut

Based on the ancient animistic beliefs and shamanic rituals in Mongolia and Siberia, an exploration of the indigenous worldview and wisdom. With hand-painted imagery, it is a reclaim of the ideas of animism for planetary health and non-human materialities.

American Scar: The Environmental Tragedy of the Border Wall by Daniel Lombroso

Comissioned by the New Yorker, in Daniel Lombroso’s documentary American Scar: The Environmental Tragedy of the Border Wall activists expose an ecocide at the U.S.-Mexico border that could alter the evolutionary future of North America.

The Queen of Basketball by Ben Proudfoot

This oscar-winning op doc follows Lusia Harris, a pioneering athlete who became a basketball phenomenon in the 1970s who made history as the first woman to score a basket in the Olympics and was one of the first two women inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 




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