However, thanks to the smartphone and mobile age, more shorts are seeing the light of day in more promising ways, and yours can be one of them.
It all began with video sharing.
YouTube set the stage for indie filmmakers to share their projects; then Vimeo stepped it up with its focus on hosting high quality (HD) videos (YouTube does the same, but HQ videos are Vimeo's niche). These sites gave short films a new safe haven, a place to belong and be shared, and still build a solid audience.
Thanks to their example, other sites have taken notice and are joining the fold.
Yahoo! has established its own entertainment network of sorts, now offering miniseries (including the recent success "Cybergeddon", starring Olivier Martinez); and Netflix is seeking to produce its own movies, as is Amazon, according to TheWrap.com. Furthermore, YouTube offers its own exclusive shorts and miniseries now, including Julia Stiles' "Blue".
Now there's greater hope for your shorts, and film festivals just for them.
With these avenues now available, more producers are attending short film festivals in search of great web content to buy, because shorts currently still trump features for mobile device viewing.
If this sounds interesting to you, here's where you can submit yours.
Raindance.org, the site for one of England's many short film festivals, lists the top 5 film festivals the world over that you "must submit" your short for:
- Sundance (U.S.)
- Cannes (France)(for shorts under 15 minutes only)
- Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (U.S.)
- Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France)
- Aspen Shortsfest (U.S.)
However, if you're curious for more options, here some others for your consideration:
L.A. Film Festival
SXSW: South By Southwest Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
Slamdance Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Montreal International Festival of New Cinema
Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival (this one's accredited by the AMPAS, so submit your best work)
Montreal World Film Festival
Raindance Film Festival
London Short Film Festival
Manchester International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
Durban International Film Festival
Ever submitted a short to a film festival before? What was your experience? Share it in a comment below.
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