Journalist and author Noah Gittell over at one of my favourite websites, mic.com wrote a very successful and amusing piece on the 14 Brilliant Films You can Watch In The Time It Takes To Eat Lunch. You should go over there and read Noah’s piece and watch the movies he recommends. It’s almost an entire film school in a little over an hour.

I love short films, and that’s why we show over 15 short programmes each year at Raindance, the the quality of our shorts programme is why we rare an Oscar qualifying film festival.

I thought I’d add 4 more brilliant shorts to Noah’s piece, and then blatantly ride his coat tails and call this 28 Brilliant Shorts.

And know what? You could still watch all 28 in your lunch time. Or bed time.

15. Goodbye to the Normals 4 mins

Originally commissioned by Robbie Williams in 2006, ‘Goodbye to the Normals’ tells the tale of a young boy, Magnus, who has decided to leave home for the USA. The only condition was that 30 seconds of his song had to be included, and Williams made no other creative controls on the film. One of my personal favourites

16. What’s a Girl To Do? 3 mins

Keeping with a musical theme, Natasha Khan  AKA Bat For Lashes — brings a fairytale quality and air of mystery to her music, performing a delicate balancing act between everyday emotions and the power of fantasy. This lower than low budget video really got her career in motion

17 – 26. Nokia 15 Second Shorts 3 mins

In 2003 Nokia introduced the first phone that could take video – and just 15 seconds. I convinced them to run a shorts competition where the length was just 15 seconds, and thus another filmic concept was invented by Raindance – in what has become known as micro or snackable shorts. Brand new in 2003 was the concept of UGC – User Generated Content. Here is a reel of ten shorts from the 2006 version – half shot on cell phones.

Viewing this entire reel takes just a couple minutes, but careful – you’ll want to watch them again and again.

28. Omar, The Short 1.5 mins

Jarl Olsen is one of my favourite filmmakers and we have shown an astonishing 16 of his shorts over the years. This one, Omar, The Short perfectly explains the bull shit in Hollywood. Stuff no film school could ever explain.

About 

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.

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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.

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