Mic.com is one of my favourite websites – I check it nearly every day for interesting thought pieces on the arts. They have posted an article: 16 Short Films That Launched the Careers of Famous Directors that really caught my eye. It’s almost a mini film school.


I really believe that short films are the laboratory of cinema – which is why over the years here at the festival we have shown so many terrific shorts, and why the Academy of Motion Pictures honours our best short each year with a position on the Best Short film shortlist in the run-up to the Oscars.

The shorts they selected are terrific shorts, but there are two I would like to see added to the list:

Shane Meadow’s Where’s The Money Ronnie, which we screened in 1996 at Raindance as part of a retrospective of his work. Speaking of short films and film festivals – have you secured your festival pass for Raindance?

And Christopher Nolan’s Doodlebug which we screened in 1998.

To see Mic.com’s collection of 16 Short Films That Launched Careers, click here.

Have they missed any? Please leave in the comments box below.



Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over hundreds of short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

He has produced over 700 shorts and 6 features including the new action film AMBER.

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.