Trial database – Exile Shorts

Exile Shorts streams award-winning short-form, student films and educational audiovisual content.

The database focuses solely on delivering short-form and includes:

  • Titles from the British Film Institute, American Film Institute, USC Cinematic Arts, University of Melbourne VCA, AFTRS, National Film Board of Canada.
  • The early work of filmmakers and artists like Alfred Hitchcock, Jane Campion, Ridley Scott, Gillian Armstrong, Norman McLaren and Salvador Dali; and
  • Films that have won majors awards at: The Academy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, TIFF, Berlin and more.

Each film has been carefully selected by the Exile Shorts curatorial team and categorised by: film convention (direction, screenwriting, cinematography, performance etc.); theme (revenge, love, isolation etc.); genre (drama, comedy etc.); organisation (AFI, USC, BFI); and the stages of mastery (emerging, established and master). The Curated by Exile Shorts category provides an great place to start exploring the database.

The content is exclusive to Exile Shorts and is not otherwise accessible online. It spans from 1888 to present day, creating historical value and insight into the development of media technology.

The database is accessible through the link above, and the Library Catalogue, and from the E-Resources@the University of Melbourne blog where you can also leave comments about the database.

NOTE: This trial will end 10 December 2017.


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