Discovery Shorts 2020


This year’s Discovery Film Festival is looking a little different to previous editions and we're delighted to be offering our shorts package available to rent online! You'll have access to the entire package of shorts for £4.99 for 7 days with films from our collections suitable for Wee Ones (aged 3+), and Middle Ones (aged 8+) – there are some films that feature in both collections. We've detailed what films are suitable for what age groups below. You can also download our activity packs created by DCA's Learning team and Art at the Start so you can get creative after you watch - enjoy! 

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Shorts for Wee Ones (aged 3+): There’s an ice cream-loving sloth, a lynx that comes out of the forest for some night-time fun in a deserted townscape and a cat that isn’t too successful when it comes to playing draughts. Four Arctic hares are called out on an emergency rescue mission in the frozen North and a wee wolf discovers the power of imagination to keep him warm in the winter winds. Our old friend The Little Bird is back, this time making friends with some bees, whilst a very musical spider has to come up with a new plan when their web is suddenly broken.

Most of these short films are in English or are dialogue-free. One has some very brief Russian dialogue with English subtitles.

Sloth, 2018, Julia Ocker, Germany (3'37")
Little Grey Wolfy – The Winter Story, 2016, Natalia Malykhina, Norway (6')
Patchwork Spider (Die Spinne auf meiner Schmusedecke), 2019, Angela Steffen, Germany (3'54")
A Lynx In The Town (Un lynx dans la ville), 2019, Nina Bisiarina, France (7'06")
The Little Bird And The Bees (Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen), 2020, Lena von Döhren, Switzerland (4'30")
Leaf (Lístek), 2020, Aliona Baranova, Belarus/Czech Republic (5'40") - no dialogue
Mishou, 2020, Milen Vitanov, Germany/Bulgaria (8') - no dialogue
6:1, 2018, Sergei Ryabov, Russia (2'46") - (Russian with English subtitles – the dialogue is minimal and not essential to following the story)

Shorts for Middle Ones (aged 8+)The only unifying factor amongst these nine films is that none of them lasts longer than eight minutes. Each of them uses their time to tell their tale through different styles of animation and has a visual flair unique to its individual storyteller. Representing nations from across Europe, audiences from the age of 8 upwards will find lots to enjoy within the huge variety of films on offer.

We meet a witch whose dastardly plans for eternal beauty unexpectedly result in a new job as a childminder, and we follow one homesick sailor’s journey back to his roots, clutching – of all things – a small leaf. Fans of legendary Japanese monsters will appreciate seeing them on a nice day out together, bonding as a family whilst destroying everything within reach. We also have two very different films with much to say about our current relationship with the world around us – one set in the Arctic, and one under the waves.

Nearly all the films are dialogue-free, with one in English, one subtitled in Russian and one in the internationally recognisable language of Zilla.

Sloth, 2018, Julia Ocker, Germany (3'37")
A Lynx In The Town (Un lynx dans la ville), 2019, Nina Bisiarina, France (7'06")
6:1, 2018, Sergei Ryabov, Russia (2'46")
The Witch And The Baby (Baba Yaga y Malyshka), 2020, Evgenia Golubeva, Russia/UK (4'45")
Mishou, 2020, Milen Vitanov, Germany/Bulgaria (8')
Angel's Trumpet, 2019, Martinus Klemet, Estonia (2'26")
Leaf (Lístek), 2020, Aliona Baranova, Belarus/Czech Republic (5'40")
The Beauty, 2019, Pascal Schelbli, Germany (4'14")
The Zillas Have A Picnic (Familie Zilla macht Picknick), 2019, Christian Franz Schmidt, Germany (4'45")

We couldn’t let the 17th edition of the festival pass without premiering the always popular collections of short films, curated especially for our Discovery audiences, in the cinema auditorium too. If you'd rather see the films on the big screen we've got weekend screenings of Shorts for Middle Ones and Shorts for Wee Ones