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10 Free Spanish Short Films on YouTube from Spain

Watching series, movies, TV programming or Spanish short films is a great way to practice your Spanish.

Watching a short film is a good and fun learning experience in comparison to studying from a textbook. Particularly, you will practice your listening and pronunciation skills and learn new vocabulary, expressions, slang, and culture.

Unlike series or movies, short films don’t require as much time of your attention. This is a benefit for when you don’t feel like spending two hours in front of your TV or you are starting to watch other video media in Spanish.

If you are a beginner, subtitles will help you better understand the plot. However, once you get to a certain level of Spanish, I recommend that you don’t use them, and try to understand what is said through the context, images and the few words or sentences you can comprehend.

Below, you will find 10 free Spanish short films on YouTube to learn Castilian Spanish.

Free Spanish Short Films on YouTube from Spain

ANA Y MANUEL

What you need to know

Ana y Manuel is a romance short film that got nominated for an award at the Monterrey International Film Festival 2005. The stars of this short are: Elena Anaya and Diego Martín.

Plot

This is the story of Ana, who decides to buy a dog after her boyfriend leaves her as she believes it will allow her to get revenge on him and also to help her forget about him. However, things don’t go as planned.

What you will learn

The story is told in the past so you will practice the past tenses in Spanish, including preterite, imperfect and past perfect.

In addition, the short comes with subtitles in Spanish to help you understand and you can set up the playback speed that works better for you.

ANÓNIMOS

What you need to know

Anónimos is a comedy romance short and was a candidate for a Goya nomination for best fiction short film.

Plot

Two people who don´t know each other try to meet in Venice. In order to do so, they have to give directions to each other by phone even though they are not very familiar with the area. When they link up, we understand why they had to meet.

What you will learn

You will learn the name of some landmarks and how to give some directions in Spanish. In addition, one of the actors is Italian so you will notice his Italian accent when he talks in Spanish.

Additionally, it comes with subtitles in English and you can turn on autogenerated subtitles in Spanish. Also, if you are not comfortable with the playback speed, you can change it in the settings.

ANUNCIO DE LA LOTERÍA DE NAVIDAD DE 2014

What you need to know

This is a commercial for the Spanish Christmas lottery that takes place on the twenty second of December every year. It is tradition that a new well done commercial is made each year.

Plot

The short tells the story of a man who decides not to buy a Christmas lottery ticket for the first time at the bar he usually goes to. When the man goes back to the bar, he finds out the bar has sold the winning ticket this year and that a nice surprise awaits him.

What you will learn

Besides learning general vocabulary, you will also learn vocabulary related to the Christmas lottery.

Additionally, the YouTube video doesn´t have subtitles, however you can set up the playback speed that works best for you.

CLARA

What you need to know

Clara is a short made by Arcos (a Spanish company that makes knifes) to raise awareness about the precariousness of employment in Spain.

Plot

Clara tells the story of a woman who along with her son, lives with her mother because of employment instability. She has worked temporary jobs, but doesn´t stop following her dreams of becoming a cook. In spite of this, she never stops smiling in front of her child so that her reality looks better.

What you will learn

This short film will help you practice the present perfect tense in Spanish.

In addition, the short comes with subtitles in Spanish and the playback speed can be changed.

CUÁNTO. MÁS ALLÁ DEL DINERO

What you need to know

Cuánto. Más allá del dinero is a short film from Banco Santander whose objective is the promotion of having a bank account with them. It is a science fiction short that won several awards, including at Festival Cannes Lions 2017.

Plot

The story takes place in the future where you can sell and buy experiences. The main character sells her personal experiences to get rich. Once she lives surrounded by luxury, she discovers what the cost of her actions are.

What you will learn

You will practice the subjunctive, present perfect tense and a few expressions.

Also, the YouTube video comes with autogenerated English subtitles and you can set up the playback speed that works best for you.

Additionally, the short takes place in Barcelona and Tarragona so you will be able to enjoy some of the views of these two places.

DIEZ MINUTOS

What you need to know

Among all the Spanish short films here, Diez minutos is the only one that has won a Goya award for best fiction short film. The stars of the short are: Gustavo Salmerón and Eva Marciel.

Plot

This is the story of a man who calls his phone company. He has only ten minutes to convince the customer service representative to give him the phone number that was dialed previously from his phone. If he doesn’t get that number, he will lose the love of his life.

What you will learn

You will mainly learn how to make a phone call, how to say some numbers and how to speak in a formal way using usted.

Additionally, the video in YouTube comes with autogenerated subtitles in Spanish and you can change the playback speed.

LA ENTREVISTA

What you need to know

The short criticizes the current work situation in Spain because of the financial crisis. The directors are Daniel Ortiz Díaz and Javier Díaz.

Plot

The story is based on a woman who is being interviewed for a job and how she has to give in to the new work conditions that the crisis in Spain allows.

What you will learn

You will learn vocabulary about work interviews and work in general. Also, you will get familiar with the formal way of talking using the usted form.

You can set up autogenerated Spanish subtitles and the playback speed that is most convenient for you.

VALE

What you need to know

Vale is one of the Spanish short films directed by the popular director Alejandro Amenábar. It is a comedy and romance short film and it is made by Estrella Damm (a brewery in Barcelona). The stars of the short are: Dakota Johnson, Quim Gutiérrez and Natalia Tena.

Plot

This is the story of a group of friends who meet an American girl. One of them tries to talk to her, but he doesn´t get too far because he doesn´t know English. However, he will find another way to make himself noticed.

What you will learn

You will get familiar with the Spanish colloquial way of speaking and learn the meaning of an important word in the spoken Spanish from Spain: vale.

This short doesn´t come with subtitles, but the playback speed can be changed.

VECINOO

What you need to know

Vecinoo is a comedy short film made by Paco de León, who was also the star.

Plot

The short is based on a man who during the COVID-19 lockdown starts talking to his neighbor through the vent of the bathroom.

What you will learn

The language in this show is very colloquial so you will learn a lot of colloquial vocabulary.

Additionally, you can set up autogenerated Spanish subtitles and you can change the playback speed.

22, OTRA VEZ

What you need to know

The same as Anuncio de la Lotería de Navidad de 2014 above, this is also a commercial for the Spanish Christmas lottery.

Plot

The short is about a man who wins the lottery all the time and he gets tired of it until he realizes what the real objective of the lottery is.

What you will learn

You will mostly learn vocabulary related to the Christmas lottery and get used to the present perfect in Spanish.

Additionally, the YouTube video comes with autogenerated Spanish subtitles and you can change the playback speed.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this post helps you learn and practice Castilian Spanish with this list of the top Spanish short films.

I suggest that you discuss the shorts with someone else. This activity will allow you to comprehend the story better and work with the vocabulary and expressions you have heard.

Along with other activities, this is one that we usually use during our online Spanish conversation classes.

Now it is your turn:

  • Have you watched any of short films?
  • Which one did you like the most?
  • Do you know any others?

Leave your answers at the comment section below.

Hola and hi, I am Inés and I am the author of all the posts in the ConvoSpanish blog. My goal is to offer free content for people to practice their Spanish. Creating and maintaining the blog takes a lot of my free time however, due to my love of sharing Spanish with you, I will keep adding and updating the content in the blog. If you like the content of this post and believe that it helps you, please consider donating. I need coffee to keep me going while creating the posts. Aren´t they worth at least a cup of coffee? 😛 Any amount is appreciated. Donations will be used to support the free blog.


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