Thanks to our screening partner Access Cinema and Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre who run the Discovery Film Festival and curate the wonderful Shorts for Wee and Middle Ones, we're delighted to share with you a selection of short films and resource activities.
The resources have been created by classroom teachers and educational professionals and were originally created for classroom based activities but are perfect for exploration at home. These resources have been created by Gill Paton, Sheena Lusby, James Miller, Helen Appleyard, Lynsey Dick, Joy Christie and Lindsey Law.
All have been classified PG and have a recommended age of 8-12 years (approximately).
Panic! (Paniek!): 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 mind her imaginary mistakes grow to absurd proportions.
Resource for Panic! created by Gill Paton
Catastrophe: 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.
Resource for Catastrophe created by Sheena Lusby
Katakroken: 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.
Resource for Katakroken created by James Miller
Once Upon A Blue Moon: 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.
Resource for Once Upon A Blue Moon created by Lynsey Dick
Johnny Express: 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.
Resource for Johnny Express created by Helen Appleyard
Scrambled: 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.
Resource for Scrambled created by Sheena Lusby
Jonas And The Sea: 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 these 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...
Resource for Jonas And The Sea created by Lindsey Law
Nanuuq: 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.
Resource for Nanuuq created by Lindsey Law
Outdoors: 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 little girl who knocks on her elderly neighbour's door looking for her lost pet. Whilst in her neighbour's flat she inadvertently lets out her neighbour's caged pet bird. The bird 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 the elderly neighbour combine their individual skills and talents to achieve a successful outcome, broadening their horizons in the process.
Resource for Outdoors created by Lindsey Law
Alike: 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 while listening to what your heart is telling you.
Resource for Alike created by Joy Christie