We’ve asked leading Irish directors to select their favourite Irish short film and tell us a little bit about what makes it stand out to them.

This week, Lorcan Finnegan, director of Vivarium – which made The Guardian’s Best Films of 2020 So Far – has selected Fear of Flying, the animated short written and directed by Conor Finnegan (his brother).

A small bird with a fear of flying tries to avoid migrating as winter approaches...

Watch Lorcan's introduction to the film, followed by the full short afterwards...

Watch more short films from Screen Ireland here.