One of the many benefits of being a Moviola audience member is being able to watch a relaxing short film as an amuse-bouche before the main event at your local venue.

As many film festivals and other events have been cancelled, a lot of their short film submissions are making their way online for free.

Here are 8 short films we think Moviola audiences will love.

  1. QUILT FEVER (2020)

Directed by Olivia Loomis Merrion (16mins)

There aren’t many short documentaries about quilting… but guess what?

We’ve found one and it’s incredibly sweet.

2. A-TISH-OO! (1941)

Directed by Maxwell Munden (6mins)

A topical short for topical times. We may well see another of these type of films coming to our screens soon!

3. WASP (2005)

Directed by Andrea Arnold (25 mins)

Not always a comfortable watch, but always compelling to witness Natalie Press (My Summer Of Love) and Danny Dyer (Eastenders, The Football Factory) struggle to make amorous connections in a world that constantly puts up barriers.

Little wonder that its director, Andrea Arnold, won the Oscar for Best Short Film and went one to make the critically revered films American Honey and Fish Tank.

  1. SIX SHOOTER (2004)

Directed by Martin McDonagh (26 mins)

Another Oscar-winning film from the Irish director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) starring Brendan Gleeson.

This darkly comic short film follows a man who has just been informed his wife has died.  On his journey home, he meets a strange person who…. well, we’ll let you find out!

  1. DOODLEBUG (1997)

Directed by Christopher Nolan (3 mins)

Before Dunkirk, Interstellar and Insomnia came this short piece of paranoia showcasing Christopher Nolan’s talents and making us a bit worried that we’ve got ants in the house. Again.


Directed by Don Hertzfeldt (60 mins)

OK.. so not quite a short film but, out of all the films we’ve recommended in this article – THIS is the one you need to see. A film that is full of optimism and positive reflection on the world around us, and yet mistrust and questioning. It’s truly a film that will stay with you for a while, whether that’s due to the calming voiceover work or the beautiful animation.

The director has made this film free to watch – simply click the link, press rent and when it comes to checkout, you will see that the discount equates to the rental amount. No necessity to put your card details in – just enjoy!

  1. SMALL DEATHS (1996)

Directed by Lynne Ramsay (11mins)

A winner at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, this captivating short film following a young Scottish girl whose three encounters leaves her heavy of heart. Ramsay then went on to make Morvern Callar and You Were Never Really Here.


Directed by Kevin B Lee (10mins)

A departure from the typical format of a short film. Short films don’t necessarily need to be cinematic: they can be descriptive or analytical. In this case, Kevin B Lee looks at Steven Spielberg (a director who has touched almost everyone’s film viewing), and his use of faces in his films. This video essay might give you pause for thought as to what a director is really doing when they are showing us seemingly showy camera angles or cutaways.

Those are our hot 8 short films for this week!

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