Shorts for Middle Ones 2020

Discovery Film Festival

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This year’s Discovery Film Festival is looking a little different to previous editions, as much of it is being presented online. However, we couldn’t let the 17th edition of the festival pass without premiering the always popular collections of short films, curated especially for our Discovery audiences, here in the cinema auditorium. As before, we have collections suitable for Wee Ones (aged 3 and older), and Middle Ones (aged 8 and older) – but please note that this year there are some films that feature in both collections. 

The only unifying factor amongst these nine films is that none of them lasts longer than eight minutes. Each of them uses their time to tell their tale through different styles of animation and has a visual flair unique to its individual storyteller. Representing nations from across Europe, audiences from the age of 8 upwards will find lots to enjoy within the huge variety of the films on offer.

We meet a witch whose dastardly plans for eternal beauty unexpectedly result in a new job as a childminder, and we follow one homesick sailor’s journey back to his roots, clutching – of all things – a small leaf. Fans of legendary Japanese monsters will appreciate seeing them on a nice day out together, bonding as a family whilst destroying everything within reach. We also have two very different films with much to say about our current relationship with the world around us – one set in the Arctic, and one under the waves.

Nearly all the films are dialogue free, with one in English, one subtitled in Russian and one in the internationally recognisable language of Zilla.

Sloth, 2018, Julia Ocker, Germany (3'37")
A Lynx In The Town (Un lynx dans la ville), 2019, Nina Bisiarina, France (7'06")
6:1, 2018, Sergei Ryabov, Russia (2'46")
The Witch And The Baby (Baba Yaga y Malyshka), 2020, Evgenia Golubeva, Russia/UK (4'45")
Mishou, 2020, Milen Vitanov, Germany/Bulgaria (8')
Angel's Trumpet, 2019, Martinus Klemet, Estonia (2'26")
Leaf (Lístek), 2020, Aliona Baranova, Belarus/Czech Republic (5'40")
The Beauty, 2019, Pascal Schelbli, Germany (4'14")
The Zillas Have A Picnic (Familie Zilla macht Picknick), 2019, Christian Franz Schmidt, Germany (4'45")

Plus! Book a free slot in our Create Space if you'd like to enjoy some creative activities before or after the screening! 


When you’re booking your cinema ticket you’ll notice the cinema has been divided into ‘bubbles’ in order to maintain social distancing. You won’t be able to book part of a bubble, but you can book more than one: for instance a group of four can book two bubbles of two.

If you can’t find a combination of seats that suits your group please get in touch and we’ll try to help, although capacity is very limited in all screenings. We’re working on a more flexible seating plan that we hope to be able to roll out very soon.