BAFTA Award for Best Short Film

British film award

This page lists the winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film for each year. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for movies, television, children's movies and television, and interactive media. Since 1960, selected movies have been awarded with the BAFTA award for Best Short Film at an annual ceremony.

In the following lists, the titles and names in bold with a dark grey background are the winners. Those not in bold are the nominees. The years are when the movies were released, not the year of the ceremony.

2000s change

Category Film Director(s) Producer(s) Writer(s)
Best Short Film Do Not Erase Asitha Ameresekere Asitha Ameresekere Asitha Ameresekere
Care Corinna Faith Rachel Bailey, Tracy Bass Corinna Faith
Cubs Tom Harper Lisa Williams Tom Harper
Hikikomori Paul Wright Karley Duffy Paul Wright
Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored Jim McRoberts David Smith Jim McRoberts
Best Short Film Antonio's Breakfast Daniel Mulloy Howard Stogdon, Amber Templemore-Finlayson Daniel Mulloy
Call Register Ed Roe Kit Hawkins, Adam Tudhope Ed Roe
Heavy Metal Drummer Toby MacDonald, Luke Morris Toby MacDonald, Luke Morris, Amanda Boyle Toby MacDonald, Luke Morris
Heydar, An Afghan in Tehran Babak Jalali Homayoun Assadian Babak Jalali
Lucky Avie Luthra Bex Hopkins Avie Luthra
Best Short Film The Banker Hattie Dalton Kelly Broad Hattie Dalton
Can't Stop Breathing Amy Neil Ravinder Basra Amy Neil
Elephant Boy Rene Mohandas Durdana Shaikh Rene Mohandas
Knitting a Love Song Debbie Ballin, Annie Watson Debbie Ballin, Annie Watson Debbie Ballin
Six Shooter Martin McDonagh Mia Bays, Kenton Allen Martin McDonagh
Best Short Film Brown Paper Bag Michael Baig Clifford Natasha Carlish, Mark Leveson Geoff Thompson
Bye Child Bernard Maclaverty Andrew Bonner Bernard Maclaverty
Nits Harry Wootliff George Isaac Harry Wootliff
Sea Monsters Mark Walker Matt Delargy Raphael Smith
Talking with Angels Yousaf Ali Khan Michael Knowles, Janey de Nordwall Yousaf Ali Khan
Best Short Film My Wrongs #8245–8249 & 117 Chris Morris Mark Herbert Chris Morris
Bouncer Michael Baig Clifford Natasha Carlish, Sophie Morgan Geoff Thompson
Candy Bar Kid Shah Khan Benjamin Johns Shah Khan
Good Night Sun-Young Chun Yoav Factor Sun-Young Chun
The Most Beautiful Man in the World Alicia Duffy Hugh Welchman Alicia Duffy
Rank David Yates Andrew O'Connell Robbie McCallum
Best Short Film About a Girl Brian Percival Janey de Nordwall Julie Rutterford
Inferno Paul Kousoulides Teun Hilte Sharat Sardana
The Red Peppers Dominic Santana Dominic Santana, Lee Santana Lee Santana
Skin Deep Yousaf Ali Khan Andy Porter Yousaf Ali Khan
Tattoo Jules Williamson Arabella Page Croft, Sara Putt Jemma Field
Best Short Film Shadowscan Tinge Krishnan Gary Holding, Justine Leahy Tinge Krishnan
Going Down Tom Shankland Soledad Gatti-Pascual Jane Harris
The Last Post Dominic Santana Lee Santana Lee Santana
Sweet James Pilkington Rob Mercer James Pilkington

1990s change

Category Film Director(s) Producer(s) Writer(s)
Best Short Film Who's My Favourite Girl Adrian McDowall Joern Utkilen, Kara Johnston Adrian McDowall
Bait Tom Shankland Soledad Gatti-Pascual Jane Harris
Perdie Faye Gilbert Rachel Shadick Faye Gilbert
The Tale of the Rat the Wrote Billy O'Brien Ruth Kenley-Letts, Lisa-Marie Russo Murilo Pasta
Best Short Film Home Morag McKinnon Hannah Lewis Colin McLaren
Anthrakitis Sara Sugarman Natasha Dack Sara Sugarman
Eight Stephen Daldry Jon Finn Tim Clague
In Memory of Dorothy Bennett Martin Radich Catherine McArthur Martin Radich
Best Short Film Des Majorettes dans l'Espace David Fourier Carole Scotta David Fourier
Butterfly Man Barry Ackroyd Robin Macpherson Barry Ackroyd
Dual Balls Dan Zeff Laurence Bowen Dan Zeff
Machinations Ralph Seiler Alice Beckmann Ralph Seiler
Tout doit disparaître Jean-Marc Moutout François Barat Jean-Marc Moutout
Best Short Film It's Not Unusual Kfir O Asmaa Pirzada Kfir O
Cabbage David Stewart Noelle Pickford David Stewart
Hello, Hello, Hello David Thewlis Helen Booth, James Roberts David Thewlis
The Last Post Ed Blum Neris Thomas Ed Blum
Best Short Film Zinky Boys Go Underground Paul Tickell Tatianna Kennedy
Lost Mojave Jonathan Cordish Vladimir Perlovich
Marooned Jonas Grimås Andrea Calderwood
That Sunday Dan Zeff Damiano Vukotic Dan Zeff
Best Short Film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life Peter Capaldi Ruth Kenley-Letts Peter Capaldi
A Small Deposit Eleanor Yule Paul Holmes Barry Ackroyd
One Night Stand Bill Britten Georgia Masters
Syrup Paul Unwin Anita Overland
Best Short Film Omnibus Sam Karmann Anne Bennett Sam Karmann
Deux Ramoneurs chez une Cantatrice Michel Cauléa
Heartsongs Sue Clayton Caroline Hewitt Sue Clayton
Sense of History Mike Leigh Simon Channing Williams Jim Broadbent
Best Short Film The Harmfulness of Tobacco Nick Hamm Bary Palin
Breath of Life Navin Thapar
Man Descending Neil Grieve Ray Lorenz
Trauma Gerhard Johannes Rekel
Best Short Film Say Goodbye John Roberts Michele Carmada
An der Grenze Max Linder Michael Drexler
Chicken Jo Shoop Julian Nott
Dear Rosie Peter Cattaneo Barnaby Thompson

1980s change

Category Film Director(s) Producer(s) Writer(s)
Best Short Film The Candy Show Peter Hewitt Damian Jones Peter Hewitt, David Freeman
Carmelo Campo Ariel Piluso Carlos Toscano, Gabriel Enis Ariel Piluso
Tight Trousers Metin Hüseyin Elaine Donnelly
Uhloz Guy Jacques Isabelle Groulleart Guy Jacques
Best Short Film Defence Counsel Sedov Evgeny Tsymbal
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History Mark Lewis
The Unkindest Cut Jim Shields
Water's Edge Suri Krishnamma
Best Short Film Artisten Jonas Grimås
D'Apres Maria Jean-Claude Robert
Short and Curlies Mike Leigh
Treacle Peter Chelsom
Best Short Film La Boule Simon Shore
King's Christmas Graham Dixon
Mohammed's Daughter Suri Krishnamma
Night Movie Gur Heller
Best Short Film Careless Talk Noella Smith
One for My Baby Chris Fallon
The Woman who Married Clark Gable Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Best Short Film The Dress Eva Sereny
Killing Time Chris O'Reilly
Samson and Delilah Mark Peploe
Best Short Film Goodie Two Shoes Ian Emes
The Crimson Permanent Assurance Terry Gilliam
John Love John Davis
Keep Off the Grass Paul Weiland
Best Short Film The Privilege Ian Knox
Rating Notman Carlo Gebler
The Rocking Horse Winner Robert Bierman
A Shocking Accident James Scott
Best Short Film Recluse Bob Bentley
Couples and Robbers Clare Peploe
Towers of Babel Jonathan Lewis
Best Short Film Sredni Vashtar Andrew Birkin
Box On Lindsey Clennell
The Dollar Bottom Roger Christian
Possessions Andrew Bogle

1970s change

Category Film Director(s) Producer(s) Writer(s)
Best Short Film Butch Minds the Baby Peter Webb
Dilemma Clive Mitchell
Dream Doll Bob Godfrey
Mr Pascal Alison De Vere
Best Short Fictional Film No Award
Best Short Fictional Film Bead Game Ishu Patel
The Chinese Word for House Kate Canning
The Sand Castle Co Hoedeman