Showcasing short films from around the world. A wealth of diverse approaches, original voices, and thoughtful considerations of the form. Immerse yourself in these varied visions of the world.


It's simple: here's an abundance of original short films, many of which are brand new to DAFilms. The short form has always been one of the most unique tools at a filmmaker's disposal, a condensed artistic form that forces its maker to devise inventive and economical ways of working. As a format, it has been neglected and unrepresented in distribution and streaming, often overshadowed by the more titanic spectacle of individual longer features.

We wanted to upend that by showcasing shorts from around the world, a wealth of diverse approaches, original voices, and thoughtful considerations of the form. These aren't pinned down by a specific ideological or thematic point — the richness and plurality is, in many ways, the point. Dive in and immerse yourself in these varied visions of the world.

Short movies afford a magical freedom to explore, a freedom to discover, a freedom to structure as a small philosophical intervention into your everyday. Flexibility is the name of the game with shorts; you can watch them before breakfast, on your lunch break, after an afternoon stroll or before a siesta, or just before tucking in to bed. These are films that will stick with you, that require contemplation or that engage you with their pure joy and invention.

Don't eat your cultural vegetables; indulge in these movies when the mood takes you. Take control of your day with these short breaths of fresh air.

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