To Cut it Short…


The old cliche ‘quality, not quantity’ is often applied to movies. From the brief power-punch lengths of the Coen Brothers’ or Woody Allen’s films to the epic panorama of Francis Ford Coppola’s works, an extraordinary picture need not have a finite time limit.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the group behind the Oscars) define a short film as “an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits”. The Oscars’ Short Film category stretches back to the late 30s, showing that support for this peripheral cinematic art is not a new thing. Many directors used this craft as a springboard into feature cinema, but the form’s exhibition of taut quality requires a different skill-set than the spacious feature-fare. A skill-set that stands alone as more than a means to an end.

It’s a big month for shorts at the Genesis. We’ll be screening the ‘Live Action’ Oscar nominees in time for the ceremony and premiering ’50 Kisses’ – a crowd-sourced collection of 50 two-minute shorts set on Valentines Day – on Thursday to help celebrate this often under-reported art form.

Produced by prestigious London Screenwriters Festival, the collection of shorts champions 50 new writers and 25 new film-makers from around the world. The 2-minute segments – ranging from love-struck zombies to lesbian romance – are bound by one thing: a Valentines kiss. This innovative project not only introduces a fresh format, it also builds a platform for viewers to appreciate the fine art of short film production.

You can still snap up tickets for the event. It’s tomorrow night (Thurs 13th) at 7pm. Tickets are £19.95 (with the film poster included!). You can book on our website:

If that’s a little too short notice, you can get warmed up for our screening of all the Oscar-Nominated ‘Live Action’ shorts. Watch this space for the exact time and date which will be revealed in due course. Until then, have a read of our blurbs for each nominee:

Aqual No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)

A harrowing, 25-minute drama following two Spanish aid workers taken hostage in Sierra Leone. When one of them tries to rescue a young boy who’s participated in war atrocities, the bleak reality of child warfare is laid bare in this emotive short.

Avant Que De Tout Perfre (Just Before Losing Everything)

A drama on domestic abuse concerning a French woman’s tough decision to leave her abusive husband.


A heavy Danish drama following a terminally ill boy and a kind hospital worker who helps ease his pain by telling him tales of a spectacular afterlife. A poignant tear-jerker.

Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoiaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

A goofball domestic comedy about a woman trying to get her family to leave for a wedding despite the resistance of her husband and two children. This is a very neat, 7-minute comical package.

The Voorman Problem

Martin Freeman plays a prison psychiatrist who interviews a convict who think he’s God. This strange comedy is sure to raise eyebrows amongst the Academy.


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