or: 8 Short Films You Should See Before You Start Submitting to Festivals
Filmmaker Reuben Field writes in to ask:
What are your personal favourite short films? I’m really keen to watch more but as you know there are millions of them out there and it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.
I love this question because it doesn’t really require much thought from me, just a bit of time and effort to recall some great work I’ve seen at festivals over the years. The short films that stick out in my mind are the funny ones. Here’s a list off the top of my head, though I think I will keep a running list and update it from time to time.
If you're working on a short film that you hope to play at festivals, you should be seeking out the best examples of the form you can find to make sure that your work stacks up. Sites like Short of the Week and Vimeo Staff Picks are essential viewing to get a feel for the kinds of films that top festivals play currently – and the quality that they expect.
Update: I should point out that not all of these are suitable for viewing at work or with young children.
The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon
Here Comes Dr. Tran
The Ballad of Friday and June
Got some favorite short films of your own? Link to them in the comments.