Watching Films Online

Stream films directly into your classroom

Films in the online festival programme will be accessible from Sat 21 October to Fri 10 November 2023. This includes an extension beyond the in-cinema festival in response to those schools that requested slightly longer access to enable post-screening engagement back in the classroom.

The Process

To watch the films online, please head to and, if this is your first visit, create an account. A DCA at Home account is required to watch any of our films online but creating an account is totally free.

You will only be asked for payment when you want to watch a film. Once you have created an account, you have a number of options – to rent a single short film or collection of shorts for 72 hours, or to rent access to a bundle of all the shorts for the duration of the festival.

Browse the Discovery Film Festival collection and select your film or bundle of films.

Click on the image to go to that film or bundle of films’ page, where you can view the prices, and click Rent. Alternatively you can hover over the image to view the prices and click through from the browsing page.

Enter your payment details and click Rent.

Either click Play Now to watch immediately, or close the message and return to My Library later to watch the film.

Once you click Play Now you will have 72 hours to watch your film – this is called the Watch Window. You can watch the film as many times as you like during this 72 hour period.

Please note: all online access to all films will be terminated at midnight on Fri 10 November 2023.

More details can be found here:

Please note: each account allows you to log in and watch the films on a variety of different devices but only on one device at a time. Simultaneous screenings from one account are not possible. If a school is planning to view several films from one account these cannot be at the same time.