2022 Best British Shorts


During the first lockdown a teenager wanders London’s streets at night, tagging buildings in his manor. One night, while creating a new artwork he hears music from a nearby abandoned building, and finds a girl dancing ballet, sparking a newfound curiosity and desire for dance, much to the dismay of his blokey father.


TJ O'Grady-Peyton


Yuka Nakamura


Ivan Cush, Kensaku Kakimoto, TJ O'Grady-Peyton



UK, Japan, 14 Minutes

TJ O’Grady-Peyton first gained industry recognition in 2013 when he was shortlisted at the Young Director Award in Cannes for his Adidas “Super” film after graduating from the London Film School’s filmmaking MA program.

Since then, he has directed an array of work all over the world for clients such as Asics, GoreTex, Volkswagen, Gatorade, Diesel, Peloton, Under Armour and BMW.

TJ was awarded the Discovery Award in his home town of Dublin by the Dublin Film Festival. His short film “Wave” which TJ starred in and co-directed was picked up by The New Yorker after winning an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Short as well as top prizes at Flickerfest, Toronto Shorts, In the Palace, Galway, Leeds, Cork, Kerry and Aesthetica. Wave has played 75 festivals including BFI, Melbourne, Aspen and Clermont Ferrand after having its world premiere at Tribeca 2017.

In 2018 TJ was invited to take part in a filmmaking masterclass with Werner Herzog in the Amazon, Peru. He was also a participant in Les Nuits en Or 2019 hosted by the French Academy of Film, The Cesars, along with 30 other filmmakers from across the globe that won their nations top prize for Best Short Film.

In 2020 he became a member of the Director’s Guild of America. This year his latest short film “Silence” had its world premiere at Tribeca 2021. TJ was awarded the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh. “Silence” was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award 2022.

You can read our interview with director TJ O’Grady-Peyton here.