Shorts & Resources for slightly bigger Little Film Fans

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We have once again partnered with our wonderful friends at Dundee Contemporary Arts and Discovery Film Festival to bring you more shorts and resources for your Little Film Fans.  

With weekly updates of selected shorts and resources from the Discovery Festival Shorts for Middle Ones packages, which many of our sites will have screened over the years, we're hoping to help provide some entertainment and stimulation for all the children who are missing their Family Film Screenings and trips to the cinema.

Each Thursday we will send a mail out and also upload viewing links to two shorts along with specific resources created for these shorts right here.

All have been classified PG and have a recommended age of 8-12 years (approximately).


Panic! (Paniek!) | Joost Lieuwma and Daan Velsink| 6 minutes | The Netherlands | 2015 | PG

In the car Marja has a sudden rush of panic: did she turn off the gas? Did she leave the water running? Is the window locked? In her mid her imaginary mistakes grow to absurd proportions.

Watch Panic! Paniek!

Resources for Panic! Paniek!

Resources created by Gill Paton.

Catastrophe | Joost Lieuwma and Daan Velsink| 2 minutes | The Netherlands | 2017 | PG

This animation focuses on a cat named Rodney living in an apartment block with a bird, a dog and of course the tough lady of the house, Nel. Rodney is obsessed with the bird, but has been warned by the lady of the house that dire consequences will occur if the bird is harmed. This 'short' spirals out of control with many funny catastrophic events occurring.

Advisory Note: This film does show the lady of the house smoking. It may be appropriate to discuss healthy lifestyles.

Watch Catastrophe

Resources for Catastrophe

Resources created by Sheena Lusby.

Katakroken | Jaime Maestro| 7 minutes | Spain | 2014| PG

This short film centres around the conflict between two primitive cave-dwellers. One is a giant yet gentle pink yeti-type and the other a grungy black and white thug. What begins as a traditional Tom and Jerry style chase, develops into a deeper metatextual take on conflict, as our big pink fella can't help but see the art in his surroundings.

Watch Katakroken

Resources for Katakroken

Resources created by James Miller.

Once In A Blue Moon| Steve Boot| 3 minutes | UK | 2015 | PG

A comical mixed-media stop motion animation about a blue planet and a lonely blue creature. The isolated planet is visited by a robot on an important mission, to only take pictures of the rocks it finds.

Watch Once In A Blue Moon

Resources for Once In A Blue Moon

Resources created by Lynsey Dick.

Johnny Express| Kyungmin Woo| 5 minutes | South Korea | 2013| PG

In the year 2150, Johnny, a lazy Space Delivery Man, must deliver a package on a planet he does not fully understand. When the spaceship arrives at its new destination all he has to do is simply deliver one tiny package on this new planet. However his latest delivery doesn't go as planned. The planet is so small it takes him only 5 minutes to circumvent it looking for anyone to deliver to. While his problems are small, on a much smaller scale the residents of the planet have some very big problems.

The action cuts quickly between Johnny's frustration in looking for but not finding the alien to deliver the package to and the chaos he unknowingly creates on the planet. This short film is full of slightly dark humour and dramatic sequences - be prepared for a shock ending.

Watch Johnny Express

Resources for Johnny Express

Resources created by Helen Appleyard.

Scrambled| Bastiaan Schravendeel| 6 minutes | The Netherlands | 2017 | PG

A typical modern teenager Esra misses her train causing her to feel frustrated and angry. She slumps onto a bench on a train platform and starts to play a frenetic and mind blowing game on her smart phone. A Rubik's cube decides she needs some 'calm' and approaches to assist with some interesting outcomes.

Watch Scrambled

Resources for Scrambled

Resources created by Sheena Lusby.

Nanuuq| Jim Lachasse| 3 minutes | France | 2016 | PG

This deceptively simple animation carries a powerful message about the world in which we currently live. It has no dialogue but relies on imagery to share the story. It follows a female polar bear and her cub on a journey across the Arctic. 

Watch Nanuuq

Resources for Nanuuq

Resources created by Lindsey Law.

Jonas And The Sea| Marlies van der Wel| 12 minutes | The Netherlands | 2015 | PG

This is an animated film about Jonas who, ever since he was a child, has loved the sea. He feels most at home in the calm and relaxing world under the waves. He spends his time gathering what he can find from the beach and what is left by the sea. Jonas uses what he finds to create his, not always successful, inventions. He hopes one of theses will enable him to achieve his lifelong wish, to be at one with the sea. Time passes and Jonas is becoming an old man, he does not have much time left to make his dream come true...

Watch Jonas And The Sea

Resources for Jonas And The Sea

Resources created by Lindsey Law.

Outdoors| Various | 7 minutes | France | 2017 | PG

This is an animated story with no dialogue. It is told through the animation itself, music and sound effects. It tells the story of a girl who knocks on her elderly neighbour's door looking for her lost pet. Whilst in her neighbour's flat she inadvertently lets out the neighbour's caged pet bird. The bird then escapes through the open window. After some well intended attempts, at first separately and then together, they search for the elusive and tantalising bird. The young girl and elderly her neighbour combine their individual skills and talents to achieve a successful outcome, broadening their horizons in the process.

Watch Outdoors

Resources for Outdoors

Resources created by Lindsey Law.

Alike| Daniel Martínez and Rafa Cano Méndez| 8 minutes | Spain | 2015 | PG

In the daily routine of work and school, Copi tries his best to make his son, paste, understand what is right and wrong in life. But paste sees the world in a different light and teaches his father the importance of being creative and unique whilst listening to what your heart is telling you.

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Resources for Alike

Resources created by Joy Christie.