Short Films For Summer

All the difficulties of the past year have left people yearning for summer holidays and getting away from it all. To get you in the mood for sunshine and warmer weather, ASFF recommends five short films.


A delightful German animation from Christoph Sarow, a young boy sets out on a train journey to the countryside, accompanied by his rough cousin, to his grandfather’s farm. With him, he experiences troubles with peeing, chickens on a farm and time in the ocean. All good fun when you’re on holiday. The drawings – especially the cousin’s rather angular head – are quite special, while Sarow perfectly captures the confusion of adolescence.

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An 11-minute short from Dutch director Jan Verdijk, this sees a family take a holiday into the paradise-like countryside, where they settle into a lovely-looking rental home. While that might get you in the mood for a well-deserved get-away break, the atmosphere soon changes as the short morphs towards horror. With the locals appearing creepy, Verdijk blends the supernatural with an allegory of domestic violence.

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A Summer Story

On Vimeo Staff Picks you will find A Summer Story, a charming animated short film celebrating summer days at the beach. Coming from Parallel Studios, this 2D effort from Thibault De Fournas, Yann Pineill, Nicolas Lefaucheux is a simple little tale that sees an old man who comes to watch the seagulls get distracted by those around him. An ode to doing nothing and whiling away time in the sun, it has all the hallmarks of Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday.

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Istanbul. Love Of The Continents

Another Vimeo Staff Pick here, this tranquil travelogue is a beautiful slow-motion trip through the Turkish capital, set to the music of Kirill Gorokhov. Watch and marvel as the camera glides through some of the city’s most stunning architecture. This will have you dreaming of sipping a cool drink on a cafe overlooking the Bosphorus.

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H.A.G.S. (Have A Great Summer)

Sean Wang’s nine-minute film is centred around that very American tradition – the high-school yearbook. Put together at the end of the summer term, before everyone heads off for their vacation and towards adulthood, it’s often filled with platitudes like ‘Keep in touch’. Here, the 26 year-old Wang gets in touch with his old school friends to question them about lives now and meditates on how he feels about his own experiences, being the age that his immigrant parents were when they arrived in the US.

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James Mottram