Grad Short Tag Archive

Animation

Mansi Maheshwari Depicts the Nightmarish Nature of Parental Lies in Feverish Animated Cannes Short ‘Bunnyhood’

Mansi Maheshwari walks DN through how she created the intense and frenetic scrawled animation style of her manic Cannes-selected NFTS grad short.

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Live Action, Premiere

David Robinson-Smith Depicts the Lingering Nature of Trauma and Guilt in His Searing Drama Short ‘Mud Crab’

David Robinson-Smith discusses the considered active cinematography employed in his haunting short where an unreliable narrator recounts a violent assault.

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Live Action

Lies of Optimism Weigh on a Struggling Father in Remi R.M. Moses’ Heartfelt Graduate Short ‘Saving Art’

Remi R.M. Moses explains the alternate directorial approaches used for the adult and child actors in his intimate drama about a father struggling to find hope.

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Animation

A Rite of Passage Fishing Ritual Challenges a Father-Son Relationship in Ross Stringer’s BAFTA Winner ‘Crab Day’

Ross Stringer breaks down the deceptively minimal monochrome colour palette he used to tell the thematically rich story of his NFTS graduate short.

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Film Festival

10 Stellar Shorts by Upcoming Filmmakers at London Film School’s 2024 Graduate Showcase

Celebrating the best shorts by promising graduate filmmakers, DN spotlights the films on offer at London Film School's 2024 showcase.

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Live Action

Yasmin Afifi’s BAFTA Winner ‘Jellyfish & Lobster’ Extols the Joys of Living Without Conforming to Expectations

Writer/Director Yasmin Afifi tells DN why magical realism was the perfect genre in which to tell her dark comedic story about finding joy at the end of life.

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Live Action, Premiere

A Shy Englishman Abroad Isn’t Quite Able to Read Between the Lines in Edoardo Ulivelli’s Flirtatious ‘Lo Sguardo’

Edoardo Ulivelli discusses the catharsis of putting his own insecurities into his short film following a young man unable to decipher romantic advances.

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Live Action

Christian Avilés ‘Daydreaming So Vividly About Our Spanish Holidays’ Elegantly Captures the Tragic Spirit of Brits Abroad

Christian Avilés discusses his use of sun-dappled 16mm images and the mixture of documentary and magic realism to depict the tragic Balconing phenomenon.

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Animation

Ryan Oligmueller’s Tender Stop Motion ‘Creature Comfort’ Finds a Lonely Creature Reflecting on His Past

Ryan Oligmueller takes DN through the personal and practical journey of making his tender-hearted short about a lonely forest creature searching out its past.

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Live Action, Premiere

Tim Ewalts’ Primal Woodland Drama ‘Undergrowth’ Finds Two Brothers in an Escalating Struggle for Power

Tim Ewalts breaks down the fluid, improvisational approach to shooting that he utilised for his foreboding 16mm familial drama about warring siblings.

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Live Action

Yanghuixiao Gao’s ‘What If’ Delicately Explores Notions of Motherhood From an Intergenerational Vantage

Yanghuixiao Gao describes using natural light to ground her drama short exploration of the complexities of mother-daughter relationships in authentic realism.

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Live Action

Aaron John McIntyre’s Hazy Short ‘Gomorrah’ Finds a Recovering Addict Relapsing Amongst Glasgow’s Dingy Backstreets

Aaron John McIntyre explains how he cooked up the dingy, sleazy dreamlike atmosphere of his Glasgow industrial estate-set addiction drama short.

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