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.

The Cat And Its Artist| Maike Koller | 6 minutes | Germany | 2016 | PG

An artist is in his studio repeatedly painting bananas (his favourite subject). Meanwhile a stray cat at the open studio window is focused on catching a bird. The cat pounces, misses the bird and lands on the studio floor. The artist is friendly to the cat and continues with his painting. A visitor (art critic) arrives to view the painting, is unimpressed and departs. The artist is devastated and retires miserably to bed. The cat tries to help the man by giving him a drink but to no avail. As the artist remains depressed the cat decides to help by adding a bird to the painting. Upon awakening the artist is appalled to see his work of art has been desecrated. The artist and the cat fight, throwing paint at each other and in the meantime unintentionally create an abstract picture. The art critic returns, loves the picture, purchases it and leaves. The cat, who is sitting on the window ledge, is wary when the artist approaches with the offer of money but is easily persuaded by a bowl of milk. Finally the cat and the artist co-operate to create further pieces of abstract art which they both sign.

Watch The Cat And Its Artist

Resources for The Cat And Its Artist

Resources created by Sheena Lusby.

Lila | Carlos Lascano| 9 minutes | Argentina | 2014 | PG

Lila is a girl who creates and manipulates the world around her using her sketch book. She uses her sketches to influence the world around her to her own amusement and to the benefit of others. This is a beautifully clever short film which combines live action and animation to tell the story. As Lila wanders through her world she adds to the scenes she passes by sketching in her drawing pad and holding it up in front of her to enhance the scene with her drawings. These seem to have small magical effect on the people that she observes as they change their behaviours according to her images. it becomes apparent the themes dealt with are loss of loved ones in the final scene, opening up questions about how Lila has dealt with the loss of her parents.

Watch Lila

Resources for Lila

Resources created by Ian Cameron.

Dji Death Sails | Dmitri Voloshin| 5 minutes | Moldova | 2015 | PG

A pirate lost at sea and on his last legs is visited by an incompetent Grim Reaper. While waiting for his client to die, Dji (the Grim Reaper) investigates the contents of the pirate's treasure chest.

Watch Dji Death Sails

Resources for Dji Death Sails

Resources created by Ian Cameron.

The Red Herring (Pipopingviini)| Leevi Lemmetty| 7 minutes | Finland/Ireland | 2015 | PG

In this language free comedy, Perry enjoys catching fish for the rest of his penguin friends. The trouble is that they are always hungry. One day a mysterious stranger arrives, promising a never-ending supply of fish. Are his promises too good to be true?

Watch The Red Herring (Pipopingviini)

Resources for The Red Herring (Pipopingviini)

Resources created by Shona Brownlee.