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Short Films, Mi ‘ Amour

I love short films – and what’s not to love?  You get to watch tons of them, for free.  You get to make decisions – finding your own opinion.  You get to engage your mind into another idea or world – and the best part is – they don’t last that long.  You may not like one of the films – or many – but the good news is – it’s over in a few minutes!


There is much to say about the short film.  I will do my best to engage your attention with these snippets of – my opinion.  I humbly thank you in advance….


The reason I got into the business of providing exposure for short films, aside from my love of short films – is to provide the filmmaker an opportunity to showcase their film in a safe, happy, populous place – and give them the opportunity to show their work.  I love film festivals and completely encourage filmmakers to go through the festival circuit – but lets look at that…  A filmmaker makes their short film – why?  Usually to get work in the industry, it is a calling card – and a calling card across all avenues of the business.  In a film festival, the filmmaker pays a fee and submits their film; along with some 4,000 other films – at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, probably the largest in North America, they receive over 4,000 submissions each year – only about 330 films make it into the festival (even films that receive the highest marks from the screeners do not always make it into festivals – it is about programming – more on this in another blog) – then what?  It is bundled in a program with 8-10 – roughly- other films with a theme.  Palm Springs does a great job of promoting the screening – probably why they are the largest in NA – but then what? There are tons more programs just like theirs with other themes that the festival is promoting – so the filmmakers need to be totally pro-active and promote their showing so people actually show up in the screening and vote for their film.  IF – and I mean a big IF – their film is chosen as an audience favorite – then they get another screening.  Again, then what?


Festivals are so great for filmmakers, but at the end of the run – their film sits on a shelf .  We dust them off and present them in all their glory – to the world wide audience – on the web – on Mobile and also – on the amazingly hungry audience on PBS throughout Southern California – yes, that’s right – people (not just young people) LOVE short films!  Lets explore why talent – on all levels, be it actors, crew, directors, producers, cinematographers – well, I could go on – reaches to each and every element of craft in the industry!  Seriously!  Most industry professionals will work on short films –and generally for no pay – to hone skills or enhance their abilities!   It is a beautiful thing!


Actors, of all levels, as one example, make short films for many reasons – on a recent radio conversation about one of the films we are showcasing, ”Odds or Evens” which was produced by Jay Gormley, and stars – among others, Charles Baker, widely known as Skinny Pete in “Breaking Bad,” Charles said that he wanted to do this film – for basically no money – because he got to showcase his acting skills in a fashion that Hollywood does not see him.  They see him as this hard guy.  In this film he got to be a leading man…  love interest, lover.  He got to expand his range. This is a very good reason why actors (especially of note) do short films, Indie films, spec films – for next to nothing, nothing or points – so they can show they have the skills – to get more gigs and to expand their range in the eyes of directors, producers and studios. Here the radio interview


We interviewed Joel David Moore – one of the lead actors in AVATAR – he is Directing short films because he got to be on set with James Cameron – for quite a while – and studied and listened – so now he wants to get out there and test his skills in directing. This is his calling card – above and beyond the terrific career he already has as an accomplished actor.


People like to expand and evolve – in the entertainment industry – more specifically the filmmaking industry, making and/or participating in short films IS the ticket.  But let us not forget the viewer – as I mentioned before – watching a short film does many things:  it entertains (hopefully), it provides the viewer the opportunity of individualism – to make a decision of like or dislike – and in what way? This leads to personal decision making on many levels – like lighting, editing, music, acting, directing……  the list goes on.  It engages the viewer in so many ways – it’s fabulous!


So, as we continue on in this journey together of the short film world, I will, by default, express many of my own opinions on films, choices, etc., but this provides you, our dear viewer and reader, more opportunities to … find your own individuality.  Since I am also expressing my opinion/suggestion now and again, you also get to choose whether you like that or not.  I am so totally up for the discussion!


Leanna Bonamici

Shorts Showcase Annual Festival Awards 2015

Shorts Showcase Annual Festival Award
Shorts Showcase Critics Award
Shorts Showcase Animated Film Category Award
Shorts Showcase Documentary Category Award
Shorts Showcase Drama Category Award
Shorts Showcase Comedy Category Award