Short

By definition, a short film is simply not long enough to be considered a feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as "an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.

The term “short subject” means approximately the same thing. An industry term, it carries more of an assumption that the film is shown as part of a presentation along with a feature film. Short is an abbreviation for either term. Short films can be professional or amateur productions.

They are often screened at local, national, or international film festivals and are often made by independent filmmakers with no profit included. They rarely have a significant budget.

Short films are usually funded by film grants, nonprofit organizations, sponsor, or out of pocket funds. These films are used by indie filmmakers to prove their talent in order to gain funding for future films from private investors, entertainment companies, or film studios. They can qualify for Academy Awards if screened in Los Angeles.

Longer and shorter films coexisted with similar popularity throughout the early days of film. The comedy genre was somewhat more preferred than others By the 1920s, when one purchased a movie ticket they watched one featured film accompanied by several short films. To the present day the production of short films declined and are screened on certain festivals or distributed online.

The documentaries and video materials compiled in this category are considered to be short subjects by definition. The topics are connected exclusively in the sense of being classified as short films.

See the complexity of a political system in a small town of Sagada in the Philippines. Discover the motifs behind the planning of a wedding during elections. Explanations are provided by the Richard Yodong, a deputy-major candidate.

Follow a heartwarming story of a man called Baltazar Ushca, a glacier ice harvester, working on the Mount Chimborazao. He is the last member of his family that is still in the business.

Ever wondered what it would be like to own and operate a brewery? The documentary Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project gives you an insight on that matter. Follow the story of Dann and Martha Paquette, a couple of tenant brewers, and their love for the brewing industry.

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middle east cold war
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10:19

The Middle East cold war seems to last forever. It seems like nobody cannot remember when it all started. But the reality is that two feuding countries are tearing apart the Middle East. For...

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lost at sea
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04:49

Sometimes, it takes a lot of faith to survive and make it to the finish line. This is the basic struggle of every individual who runs the marathon. People think the marathon is a physical battle...

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border collie
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09:01

When you think of most intelligent dogs, one rarely thinks of the Border Collie. Usually, the first names on that list include Retriever, Labrador, German Shepherd, and so on.But the Border Collie...

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Strange
strange sounds
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04:41

You know that feeling when you think you hear something, and it turns out to be nothing? We’ve all experienced that strange feeling. Sometimes, that sound might actually be real. There are man...

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bullet wound
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04:09

Have you ever thought what happens when you are shot? And what does a bullet does to your body? Bullets can penetrate deep in your flesh. And in addition to the hole the bullet creates in y...

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machu picchu journey
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17:49

The Inca Trail in Machu Picchu is probably one of the most famous trails in South America. There is nothing quite like watching the lost city of the Incas gradually reveals itself. The Inca ...

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war and peace
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05:10

Leo Tolstoy is one of the best authors and novelists of all times. And his piece War and Peace is among the classics you should definitely read. The book might be long, a...

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marriage
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08:09
People +1

We all have an idea where do we want to be buried. Some people even write their request in their testimony. This documentary tells such a story. The documentary follows th...

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chocolate chip cookie
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07:43

Thank you Ruth Graves Wakefield. There are small things in life that make everything better. One of them is chocolate chip cookies. Now, we are not saying that we might no...

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donald trump documentary
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Historian filmmakers Brett Sanders and Darren R. Reid took it to New York in 2016 to explore what people think of Donald Trump. The two made a short-documentary about the US ...

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The one inch punch uses explosive power to generate tremendous amount of impact force at extremely close distances. The one inch punch was popularized by Bruce Lee, who famou...

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type 1 diabetes
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03:38
Health +2

What if we tell you that three minutes of a documentary is more than enough to learn everything you need to know about a certain disease?Loading Docs is a series of documentaries...

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taj mahal history
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10:03
Art +2

We all know the story of Taj Mahal. It has been told over and over. The modern city wonder, Taj Mahal was built by the emperor Shah Jahan as a gift for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal...

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the burp below
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06:46

When you have to go, you have to go. As simple as that. And it applies for many things in live, including burping in public places. Have you ever been in a situation when you just ...

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The Zerega Project
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10:26
Art +2

Even if you have lived your entire life in Bronx, you probably haven’t seen it everything. Photographer Patricio Robayo manages to capture a piece of the Bronx that you pro...

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Travel
hitchhiking history
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Hitchhiking is one of the most popular methods of transportation for Nomads these days. You’ll be surprised to see how many people travel around the world by hitchhiking. The l...

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boundless
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08:41
Sports +1

No matter if you are in a wheelchair or not, when you are passionate about some sport, you can make it happen. That is the message of the short documentary movie Boundless made by ...

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good deeds
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10:31

What is the point of doing and learning something, if you cannot give back to anyone? And what can you give to anyone? A central question that boggles the mind, is doing good...

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Van Bo
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04:40
Art +2

He is color blind on one eye, but believes he can do colors better than any other artist. He believes he is the greatest “black” painter ever. Before he became a painter,...

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For people in the United States, a comic book is as common as a barber shop. But as hard as it is to imagine, not all people have the same and equal rights and benefits. That...

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Short
 George Hutchings
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13:38
Health +1

George Hutchings is a 45 year old man suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth Neuropathy, a muscle and sensation degeneration disease that cannot be cured, and will eventually put...

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You know Bethany Hamilton as the woman who was bitten by shark, lost an arm, and then returned to professional surfing. In 2004 she published a book, an autobiography titled ...

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hitchhiking
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13:34

Jeremy Bryant needs to hitchhike to his granfather’s funeral and back home. The whole route takes 420 miles, and takes Jeremy through the state of Oregon. But this is not a...

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Oxford
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06:53

It doesn’t take a professional to make an interesting and short documentary. A film student that lives and studies in Oxford wanted to show people from other cities how it ...

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Nicaragua transport
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12:09

One of the most adventures heavy load transportation of all time takes workers through Nicaragua. Narrow curves, precarious bridges, mountain roads, two gigantic engines that...

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refugee
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14:31

Do you want to know the story of the people behind the statistics? At the moment, there are one million Syrian refugees in the small country of Lebanon, with more around the ...

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japenese sexuality
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13:57

Back in the 18th century, Japan became a host country for geisha, traditional female entertainers who act as hostesses with skills such as performing music, dancing, conversa...

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fusion power
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26:10

In 1920s, the whole world and the understanding of the sun and the stars changed. In 1920, scientists proved that the Sun is actually a star, and can produce great amounts of rad...

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Senor Hershey
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17:06

Before Milton S. Hershey came to Cuba in 1916, the country had almost nothing. Hershey came to a small city, where there was nothing, no sugar cane, no nothing. As the reside...

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donald trump
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14:34

Just go back to ruining your own country, and get out of Scotland! That is the message that residents of Scotland sent to Donald Trump in 2011, protesting against his intenti...

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A Virus Called Fear
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20:01

The short film named ‘A Virus Called Fear’ is a documentary on the subject of fear and the state of being afraid, mainly irrational fears with their cause and effect. It is d...

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Les Nostres Dones (Our Women)
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39:45
Indie +1

My name is Maia Jenkinson and I'm the director of the spanish Documentary Les Nostres Dones (Our women) which we just released free online with english subtitules! It was a socia...

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Wolf Mountain
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06:57
Indie +2

In a sanctuary in the empty Californian desert, Tonya Littlewolf runs a rescue and rehabilitation for wolves. Many were rescued from breeders, some needing a lot of hands on attent...

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Technology
TimeLine – A Brief Introduction To The History Of Timekeeping Devices
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08:32

A short, animated documentary on how time has been measured in the past, and how we measure it now. The film walks you through the timeline of people and inventions that kept track...

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The Last Ice Merchant
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14:11

The Last Ice Merchant tells the story of Baltazar Ushca, who for over 50 years has harvested ice off of the glacier on Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo twice a week. A family business,...

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Sports
The Jackal
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11:37
Indie +2

A short documentary profiling the life of former Canadian Kickboxing Champion Ian “The Jackal” Jacklin. His incredible life story including his rise to kickboxing champion is n...

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The Evolution of PlayStation
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10:20

Short documentary about how the Playstation has evolved since 1994 done up by IGN.

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Sports
The Beauty of the Irrational
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06:15
Indie +3

The Beauty of the Irrational follows Ryan Sandes, a South African Ultra-Runner, as he makes his way to the Fish River Canyon to run the 5 day, 84km, Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail ...

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Texas Heritage Music Days
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08:19
Music +1

The Texas Heritage Music Day celebrates a unique way of learning local history using songs & stories! Over 50 performers gather to share with teachers, students and the Hill Countr...

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Sports
Skyliners
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09:58
Short +1

A short film about the passionate people who go to extremes of highlining, walking tight lines between mountain peaks. Filmed at 4074 meters above sea level, these adventurers test...

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Rise Up and Sing
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16:53
Music +1

“Rise up and Sing – The Movie” documents the journey from classroom to recording studio for the middle school chorus students of New York’s PS 127.Singing a song written sp...

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Social
Richard
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04:53
Short +1

Richard is the fascinating story of a travelling piano tuner who chooses to live outdoors. Shot in London, the film takes an alternative look at someone who treats the entire city ...

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An elderly gentleman attempts to retrieve forgotten memories while battling the progression and regression of the cycles of life.–A week prior to his passing, the filmmaker’s g...

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Provincial Politics
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08:50
Indie +2

From filmmaker George Clipp (A Mongolian Couch) comes a look into the world of politics in the small town of Sagada in the Philippines. Following Richard Yodong, a deputy-mayor hop...

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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06:53

This is the story of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, owned and operated by Dann and Martha Paquette. They are tenant brewers, working in a rented brewery, which they take over on...

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Made by Hand / No 3 The Beekeeper
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06:02

Local farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it morphed from an illegal (and possibly crazy) habit to a sustainable, community-supported skill. Mirroring beekeeping’s own...

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Let’s Talk About Food
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08:24

Let’s Talk About Food is a short documentary film that explores why people eat meat.Do you eat meat? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I eat meat?” Watch to find out why ...

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Landfill Harmonic
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03:43
Music +1

Landfill Harmonic reveals a mind-boggling, inventive effort to change that – musical instruments made from trash. In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ing...

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Social
Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women
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06:37
Beauty +2

Advertisement is all around us. It tries to convince us to buy a product based on a spokesperson or other mechanisms. But we sometimes fail to see how much of an effect this has on...

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Short
Junk Man
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16:12

Junk Man is a short documentary which profiles inveterate “collector” Ron Bucher as he scavenges, stores and sells roadside refuse and salvaged scraps. While Ron lives the phil...

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