National Short Film Day - December 28


On December 28th, National Short Film Day commemorates the day the motion picture industry was born, when the Lumière brothers projected a program of short films to a public audience for the first time.

In 1895 at the Grand Café in Paris, two brothers sparked the world’s love of cinema. Auguste and Louis Lumière brought that fascination to life first in a paying audience of 33 customers. That day, the film pioneers presented 10 short films, each about 50 seconds in length. To the amazement of all those in attendance, the brothers captured everyday events on film and played them back as moving pictures. The experience of “watching movies” came alive that day. And it all began with those first 10 short films.

Today, short films come in many genres, lengths, and styles. They entertain us with animation, fantasy, comedy, and drama. They also inform and educate us through documentary subjects that provide revealing insights into real-life stories we may have never known before.

In short, short films continue to move us, just as they did that first time over 120 years ago!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalShortFilmDay

Watch short films all day. Share your favorite short films and use #NationalShortFilmDay on social media.

If you’re looking for something to watch, check out these 8 Remarkable Short Films and celebrate the day!


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Film Movement founded National Short Film Day in 2019 and celebrated its first observance on December 28th, 2019. They created the day to celebrate the impact of the short film and to commemorate its long and enduring history.

In 2019, Film Movement registered the observance with National Day Calendar®, and the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on December 28th, annually.

Each year on that day, Film Movement will stream 10 short films for free on their exclusive streaming service, Film Movement Plus (www.filmmovementplus.com), and offer new subscribers exclusive membership discounts.