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National Short Film Day - Commemorative Playlist

National Short Film Day - Commemorative Playlist

On December 28th, National Short Film Day commemorates the day the motion picture industry was born, when the Lumière brothers projected a program of short films to a public audience for the first time.

It was in 1895 at the Grand Café in Paris. Two brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumière, lit a spark of fascination in front of a paying audience of 33 customers. They would ignite the world’s obsession with cinema. The two pioneers presented 10 short films, each about 50 seconds in length, to the amazement of all those in attendance. The experience of “watching movies” came alive that day. And it all began with those first 10 short films.

Today, short films come in many genres, lengths and styles. They entertain us with animation, fantasy, comedy and drama. They also inform and educate us through documentary subjects that provide revealing insights into real-life stories we may have never known before.

In short, short films continue to move us, just as they did that first time over 120 years ago!

Film Movement founded National Short Film Day in 2019 and celebrated its first observance on December 28th, 2019 by streaming this collection of 10 short films for all viewers.

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National Short Film Day - Commemorative Playlist
  • The Amber Amulet

    The Masked Avenger can make things happen. Though only ten, he has already proved himself highly effective in the pursuit of peace on Franklin Street. This is the story of a superhero, a beagle, an amulet made of amber, and the potential that is locked inside all of us. Based on Craig Silvey's no...

  • Le Ballon de Rouge

    Paris, France, 1963. A couple have an argument in a bar. A young man sitting nearby hears the man threaten his wife (Lou de Laâge). When a speaker announces the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, everybody stands up and moves closer to the bar to hear the news again. The young man takes ...

  • Driving Lessons

    Manon's mother forces her to take her garrulous grandmother with to her driving lesson. Already out of sorts, the seventeen-year-old finds out she's pregnant just moments before taking the wheel.

    DIRECTED BY ELODIE LÉLU
    BELGIUM | 2012 | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

  • Feral

    A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

    DIRECTED BY DANIEL SOUSA
    UNITED STATES | 2012 | ENGLISH

  • Finale

    Two suspiciously well-dressed men have a few drinks in a bar and then ominously head off into the night to finish a mysterious job.

    DIRECTED BY BALAZS SIMONYI
    HUNGARY | 2011 | HUNGARIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

  • The Gunfighter

    In the tradition of classic westerns, a narrator sets up the story of a lone gunslinger who walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator and the narrator may just be a little bit bloodthirsty.

    DIRECTED BY ERIC KISSACK
    UNITED STATES | 2014 | ENGLISH

  • Job Interview

    When Lisa applies for a job everything seems to be turning out pretty well. Until the boss Marie starts asking strange questions and the job interview turns out to be a little different than expected.

    DIRECTED BY JULIA WALTER
    GERMANY | 2013 | GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

  • Land of the Heroes

    All ten-year-old Dileer and his sister Zienee want to do is watch cartoons, but they must contend with TV propaganda, collecting used weapons for their mother to re-sell, and their bullying cousin.

    DIRECTED BY SAHIM OMAR
    BELGIUM | 2011 | KURDISH AND ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

  • The Queen

    Lost in a world of grown-ups, young Memi is torn between the glamour of the carnival pageant and the social pressure to become a winner.

    DIRECTED BY MANUEL ABRAMOVICH
    ARGENTINA | 2013 | SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

  • Social Butterfly

    A thirty-year-old American woman (Anna Margaret Hollyman) sneaks into a teenage party in the South of France leading to a surprising encounter.

    DIRECTED BY LAUREN WOLKSTEIN
    UNITED STATES | 2013 | ENGLISH