Short Term 12 is a 2013 American drama film written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The film is based on Cretton's short film of the same name, produced in 2009. It stars Brie Larson as Grace, the supervisor of a group home for troubled teenagers.
Cretton was inspired to write Short Term 12 based on his own experience of working in a group facility for teenagers. He first wrote and produced a short film based on the idea and later adapted it into a feature-length screenplay. While Larson and John Gallagher, Jr. won their roles after auditioning through Skype, most of the children featured in the film were cast through open casting calls. Filming took place over 20 days in Los Angeles, California in September 2012.
Short Term 12 premiered on March 10, 2013 at the South by Southwest film festival and was released in theaters on August 23, 2013. It grossed $2 million and was met with widespread critical acclaim. Reviewers praised the film's realism and intimacy, drawing particular attention to Larson's performance and Cretton's direction. The film won South by Southwest's Grand Jury and Audience Awards for a Narrative Feature, as well as earning three Independent Spirit Award nominations.