15 Minutes or Less

15 Minutes or Less

Take a break with one of these bite-sized shorts.

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15 Minutes or Less
  • Moonbird

    Directed by John Hubley • 1959 • United States

    John and Faith Hubley recorded a conversation between their young sons and set it to animated visuals to create this charming, Academy Award–winning adventure in which two boys set out on a late-night quest to capture a bird.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Rocky

    Directed by Kevin Meul • 2010 • Belgium

    Growing up is hard . . . especially when your affection turns out to be the kiss of death for anyone you love. A young man’s morbid coming-of-age journey is told with wicked humor and a deadpan visual style to match.

  • Daybreak Express

    Directed by D. A. Pennebaker • 1953 • United States

    Shot in 1953, though not completed until 1957, DAYBREAK EXPRESS was the first film D. A. Pennebaker made, a mad rush of images of New York City captured from a train and edited to the rhythm of Duke Ellington’s song of the same name. A jazz afi...

  • Crocus

    Directed by Suzan Pitt • 1971 • United States

    A woman’s nightly domestic rituals—from putting her baby to bed to making love—unspool in a playful parade of surreal, straight-from-the-id images.

  • 8th Continent

    Directed by Yorgos Zois • 2017 • Greece
    Starring Pavlos Iordanopoulos

    This haunting meditation on the the European refugee crisis surveys the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands of life jackets have washed ashore to create an otherworldly landscape that silently conveys the devastating magni...

  • Afronauts

    Directed by Nuotama Bodomo • 2014 • United States
    Starring Diandra Forrest, Yolonda Ross, Hoji Fortuna

    This beguiling monochrome short tracks the Zambia Space Academy’s attempts to beat America to the moon.

  • Le chant du styrène

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1959 • France

    Poetic and aesthetic visit of a large polystyrene factory.

  • Hair Wolf

    Directed by Mariama Diallo • 2018 • United States
    Starring Kara Young, Taliah Webster, Madeline Weinstein

    She’s white and she wants dreads . . . The staff of a Black hair salon in Brooklyn fend off a terrifying new monster: white women intent on literally sucking the lifeblood from Black culture.

  • The Devil’s Harmony

    Directed by Dylan Holmes Williams • 2019 • United Kingdom
    Starring Patsy Ferran, Leo Suter, Guy Henry

    Revenge is best served a cappella. A bullied teenage girl leads a glee club on a trail of destruction against her high school enemies in this darkly humorous Sundance prizewinner.

  • Islands of Fire

    Directed by Vittorio De Seta • 1954 • Italy

    This prize-winning short is a poetic portrait of life on the coast of Sicily before, during, and following a volcanic eruption.

  • Les 3 boutons

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2015 • France
    Starring Jasmine Thiré, Michel Jeannès, Jacky Patin

    A billowing pink dress launches a stouthearted teenage girl on a time- and space-collapsing odyssey from her humble goat farm to the big city and beyond in this playfully meandering feminist fantasia from...

  • Hot Biskits

    Directed by Spencer Williams • 1931 • United States
    Starring Thurston Briggs, Spencer Williams

    Virtually unseen for more than eighty years, Spencer Williams’s first film is a one-reel comedy short in which a rivalry between two men is played out in a high-stakes game of mini golf.