Shorts catalogue

This catalogue includes live action, animation, documentary and virtual reality/immersive shorts. Many of the films selected have been part of the British Council’s UK Shorts Portal. We've also included some of our top picks and key names to watch. The 2021 catalogue now includes accessible image descriptions for screen readers.

Download the UK shorts catalogue 2021

Snapshots from the shorts catalogue

The selection below gives you a flavour of what's included in the catalogue. For each film you can read a synopsis and find contact details for the production company and sales agent.

The Long Goodbye

(2021) directed by Aneil Karia

Set in a speculative future of a rising right-wing and rampant post-Brexit racism, actor-musician-activist Riz Ahmed unpacks his feelings towards his country in a powerful, gut-punch monologue of rap and spoken word.

Mermaids

(2021), directed by Yazmin Joy Vigus

Two twenty-something former best friends Margo and Celeste meet again at a hen party back in Cornwall, but under the waves of disappointment and failure, will the reunion cause them to sink or swim?

I Am Good At Karate

(2021) directed by Jess Dadds

A young teenager with mental health issues who is passionate about karate, wanders around a housing estate locked in verbal and physical battles with a hallucinatory demon made of football shirts.

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