Documentary Short

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas. “Documentary” has been described as a “filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception” that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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A Brief History of Hollywood

Nate Barlow | United States | 00:09:30 | 2021 English Two histories intertwined…the histories of the Hollywood Sign and of the Hollywood industry, visually interwoven. Writer Nate Barlow Producer Nate Barlow Composer David James Nielsen

An Artist’s Journey from China to America

BiLan Liao | United States | 00:44:13 | 2021 English The true story through BiLan Liao’s artwork and her book “Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter”. She came to America at her age 45 to have the freedom to paint her and her family’s journey under the dictator Mao Zedong to search for the truth and… Read more »

A Tear

Teresa Nduta | Kenya | 00:20:00 | 2021 English Chelsea, I am The Executive Producer of a short film that was produced in Kenya about the criminal incest problem that is taking place there in most families. The film release is accompanied with the book that details one experience that is the foundation of our… Read more »


Ida-Nathalie Hildén | Sweden | 00:20:00 | 2021 English Various immigrants from many different places of the earth, now living in Umeå (Sweden), shares personal portraits of themselves during an intimate phone call. Cast Marielle Mvuanda Riström Producer Ida-Nathalie Hildén Sound Andreas Hammarström Photography Taavi Kaisen

One year on – The Essex lorry tragedy

Paul Kennedy | Viet Nam | 00:25:00 | 2021 Vietnamese It has been one year since the bodies of 39 Vietnamese citizens were discovered in the back of a lorry in Essex, in the United Kingdom. For the families of those who perished, the pain never goes away. Viet Nam News visited one small community… Read more »


Lucy Cameron | Canada | 00:08:19 | 2021 English A short documentary about insomnia filmed during the global pandemic. Producer Lucy Cameron Director of Photography Julia Hendrickson

Everything In Hardware

Jamie Wright | United States | 00:28:00 | 2021 English The Bindley Hardware Company was a hardware wholesaler and retailer at the turn of the 20th century in Pittsburgh, PA. Over 100 years after its retirement, the Bindley family’s only surviving ancestor, Jon Bindley, has re-invented the hardware seller as an American roots band. Alongside… Read more »

Too Good to be Forgotten

Andy Bystrom | United States | 00:19:59 | 2020 English On May 29, 2020 this movie was updated and increased by 11 minutes, to a total length of just short of 20 minutes. The Movie Too Good to be Forgotten is a personal Navy Documentary on World War II and Korean War Patrol Craft Sailors…. Read more »

Flamenco in My Soul

Mensura Burridge | Croatia | 00:13:34 | 2020 Croatian Nina Coric from Zagreb, Croatia loved to sing flamenco. Her talent was discovered and today she is singer and promoter of flamenco in Croatia and the region. Cast Nina Coric Writer Mensura Burridge Producer Mensura Burridge

Rick and Me

Miguel Wise | 00:41:38 | 2020 Mike Wise left the United States to meet a man named Rick Simpson who was living in Croatia. After dealing with crohn’s disease his entire life, Rick was able to offer Mike insight into how to heal and cure an ‘incurable’ disease. This is the film about that healing… Read more »