Short films used to conjure images of skeleton crews of five or six people, all wearing multiple hats on projects that were self-funded through credit cards and family loans. A producer/director/writer was happy if her film was seen by a handful of people. While certainly those labors of love still exist, the short film is no longer just an amateur undertaking, and it hasn’t been for a while.
With Canadian festivals like the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival providing a showcase for shorts as part of their overall programming, prestigious international festivals like the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival & Market and Cannes shine an international light on the best-of-the-best. Advances in technologies have also meant that there is a wide array of online festivals to tap into, such as the National Screen Institute’s ongoing online short film festival. And Hollywood’s grand dame of awards shows, the Oscars, has multiple short film categories including live action, animation, and documentary. Short films have become a legitimate and recognized filmmaking entity in their own right with many opportunities for recognition.
Funding for shorts has also gone far beyond the Bank of Mom and Dad. While still very competitive, there is plenty of opportunity for financing, with creative bodies like Bravo! and various Arts Councils partnering with filmmakers to produce quality projects. This means that more films are being made, more films are being seen, and the bar is being set higher and higher for compelling storytelling in the short film medium.
The Hollywood ‘A List’ is also onboard the short film band wagon, putting out quality and often quirky projects with high production values and great stories and the major studios are utilizing the short film medium now as a marketing tool and as an entity in and of itself. In a world that’s buzzing with marketing noise, non-traditional filmmaking partners such as fashion houses are also getting on board in an effort to think outside the box.
However you slice it, short films have arrived. We are proud to support filmmakers at every stage of their careers and with any type of project. Whether you’re a seasoned professional with a short film project on the go or a first-time filmmaker trying to navigate the complex world of the creative industries, we would love to work with you. We offer substantial discounts on our research services for short film projects. Contact us for a quote for your short film!
Written By Amber Woodward for The Research House