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British Short Film & British Short Animation

BAFTA's British Short Film and British Short Animation categories at the EE British Academy Film Awards celebrate and reward innovative and experimental short fiction and non-fiction films and animation.

Entering your film

Entry for the British Short Film and British Short Animation categories at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2015 opens on Wednesday 20 August and will close on Wednesday 29 October, 12:00 GMT.

The categories are open to British productions only, of no more 40 minutes in duration. Short live-action films must have been screened or accepted onto the programme of at least one of BAFTA’s recognised festivals, the list of which can be found here.

The full Rules and Guidelines for British Short Film and British Short Animation can be found here.

To enter your short into the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2015 then please visit the BAFTA Entry Website.

If you have any queries about entering your film, contact Bradley Down at bradleyd@bafta.org, or on 0207 292 5855.


BAFTA Shorts Tour in 2014

A feature-length package of films nominated in the British Short Film and British Short Animation categories at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2014.


Following a successful first-ever theatrical release of nominated shorts in 2013, BAFTA partnered for a second year with specialist distributor the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), who handled all UK theatrical bookings, and the British Council, who continue to tour the nominated films internationally through their network of offices in 110 countries.

The BAFTA Shorts Tour gives audiences the opportunity to watch all the BAFTA-winning and nominated short films on the big screen, while supporting and raising awareness of the filmmakers' work.

Look out for further news and information about the BAFTA Shorts Tour in 2015.

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2014 BAFTA Shorts

Orbit Ever After

Orbit Ever After

Nominees: Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone and Len Rowles

Dir: Jamie Stone | UK | 2013 | 20 mins
Cast: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mackenzie Crook, Bronagh Gallagher, Bob Goody

Life in space isn’t easy. And living in orbit, indefinitely, with only your close family for company is even worse. A science fiction romance where two star - crossed lovers overcome all probabilities and sacrifice all they have in order to spend one perfect moment together.

Sleeping With The Fishes

Sleeping With The Fishes

Nominees: James Walker, Sarah Woolner and Yousif Al-Khalifa

Dir: Yousif Al-Khalifa | UK | 2013 | 9 mins

Sonja lives a lonely life as a fishmonger, more at ease with her fish than her customers, until one day a delivery man turns up who looks like a rainbow trout.

Isalnd Queen

Island Queen

Nominees: Ben Mallaby, Emma Hughes and Nat Luurtsema

Dir: Ben Mallaby | UK | 2012 | 16 mins

Mim has lived her whole life on a little island with her best mate Danny. Her life is idyllic but going nowhere and she fears she’s left it too late to grow up. She makes the impetuous decision to have a baby – surely a one-way ticket to adulthood? Not in Mim’s case, as she finds herself embroiled in a deeply unpleasant situation that no one could have foreseen.

Sea View

Sea View

Nominees: Anna Duffield and Jane Linfoot

Dir: Jane Linfoot | UK | 2013 | 24 mins
Cast: Eloise Smyth, Ciaran Griffths

Jess and Jason meet at the bus station in a seaside town, seeing each other in daylight for the first time. What at first seemed exciting, forbidden, and divinely careless, soon threatens to be a regretful experience for both. This is not how things were meant to be...

Everything I Can See From Here

Everything I Can See From Here

Nominees: Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Fritzi Nicolaus and Sam Taylor

Dir: Sam Taylor, Bjorn-Erik Aschim | UK | 2013 | 7 mins

In a desolate part of England a game of football comes to a standstill as the ball mysteriously goes missing. When a lonely stranger returns it the players have to decide whether or not to let him join in their game.

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Nominees: Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce and Selina Lim

Dir: Michael Pearce | UK | 2013 | 28 mins
Cast: Maxine Peake, Geoff Bell, Adeel Akhtar

The impeccable wife of an MP confronts the imprisoned reality of her life after being taken hostage by two of her husband’s ‘business associates’.

I Am Tom Moody

I Am Tom Moody

Nominee: Ainslie Henderson

Dir: Ainslie Henderson | UK | 2012 | 7 mins
Cast: Mackenzie Crook

A surreal trip through the subconscious of a stifled musician as he struggles to sing. I Am Tom Moody is a film about the creative struggle, it is about self-doubt, and striving to overcome our past.

Room 8

Room 8

Nominees: James W. Griffiths and Sophie Venner

Dir: James W. Griffiths | UK / Poland | 2013 | 7 mins

A prisoner makes a fantastical discovery when thrown into a cell with a terse and unsettling inmate; but in an audacious endeavour to escape his captors, he unearths a malevolent trick and the secrets of the cell are fully revealed.

BAFTA and Shorts

The Academy recognises that it is essential to reward and nurture the immense diversity and talent demonstrated by filmmakers producing short film and animation. Shorts offer both new and established talent alike the chance to create experimental and innovative films and, by rewarding excellence within these fields, BAFTA aims to raise the profile of these talented individuals and of shorts in general. The best film in each category receives a BAFTA Award, presented at the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony.