First off, for those wondering: what exactly is a short film?
A short film is any film not long enough to be considered a feature film, so while no consensus exists, I consider it to be any film of 45 minutes and under. Because screen time is so precious, The Short Cinema focuses on films of 30 minutes or less, enabling us to maximise the number of makers we can exhibit.
What makes short films interesting for audiences?
Short films are often calling cards for emerging writers, directors and producers, and what I find interesting is that the film’s limited duration offers makers more license for creative expression. Short films allow makers to be brave and try new things whilst developing their artistic practice.
So, what is the ethos of The Short Cinema and what makes it special?
We truly love and revere short film.
Filmmaking is hard, gruelling work, and the ability to tell an engaging story in a short space of time, with a beginning, middle and end – plus evolved characters and artistic and emotional content – is an art form. Every single maker who submits to our festival has been through that process, and their work, selected or not, deserves to be treated with the utmost respect.
What are the best and worst aspects of planning a film festival?
Well, I’m very tired right now, but it’s very much worth it, knowing that the filmmakers selected get to see their film on the big screen in true cinematic conditions to an audience of their peers, press and appreciators.
The worst part is causing disappointment to those who don’t get through, and financial and operational constraints cause a lot of sleepless nights – but we do believe that our festival supports the art form and film industry in our own small way, so this offsets any challenges we might face.