Journalist and author Noah Gittell over at one of my favourite websites, 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.

Elliot Grove
Elliot Grove founded Raindance a quarter century ago as a thought experiment: Can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience, he asked? When people like his first intern Edgar Wright started making movies he founded the Raindance Film Festival to celebrate their work in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.

Elliot has produced over 700 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 (1997) was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. In 2006 he produced the multiple-award winning The Living and the Dead.
In 2013 he relaunched the production arm: Raw Talent with the cult film director Ate de Jong. Their first venture was the psychological thriller Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. finished late 2013.

He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), Raindance Producers' Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking (Focal Press 2013) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). He was awarded a PhD in 2009 for services to film education. His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year.

Elliot teaches several courses at Raindance including Lo To No Budget Filmmaking and Writer's Foundation Certificate.

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