Any film not long enough to be a feature film is usually considered a short film. The usual length of shorts films varies from 10 to 25-30 minutes. They are available online and have certainly become extremely popular. What is it about shorts films then that it has become the sudden talk of the town?
For starters, it’s a great change from the commercial cinema that we’ve been feeded with from the last couple of years.
The filmmaker usually aims to send a message from the story he/she presents. The message is conveyed more clearly in these “shorts” than most of the feature films. So in a way, the directors can reach the audience directly. There are no barriers unlike a feature film. Short films in a way are basically like a startup for a filmmaker where he/she has to manage everything, resource everything and run the whole show. Not only the filmmakers but the actors also benefit from shorts. They can experiment as actors and surely broaden their craft.
The world is surely taken over by the concept of short films. There are film festivals being organised all over the world. Trop fest, the world’s largest short film festival is held in Australia every year. More than 60-70 festivals are showcasing short films in india itself. According to a survey, more than 1500 short films were made in india last year. This clearly shows how short films are redefining the india film industry and nourishing the process of film making.
The reason these short films are connecting with the youth is because youngsters in today’s date want good content. Short films provide exactly that. A majority of the youth does binge watching. So apart from the web series and tv series, short films have also become a hit among the youth.
A lot of production houses/ youtube channels have become a major success within the last few years as they gave the audience some great short films.
Some of these include : Humaramiovie, TTT ( terribly tiny talkies), YRF ( Yash raj films ) and pocket films.
“Movie theatres are like restaurants. They offer a chance for a good long talk but there also also cafes for a chat and the cinema needs those too.”
– RICHARD BRODIE
Short films have definitely redefined cinema and it looks like the future is already here and we can’t be more excited.