Short films are a medium close to my heart.
They provide emerging filmmakers with an opportunity to practice their craft, explore their ideas, meet peers and showcase their abilities to audiences and the industry. There’s nothing quite like watching a festival programme of shorts and being transported to a different vision of reality every ten minutes or so.
But they are poorly tracked by researchers and industry watchers. The nature of short films makes them hard to quantify and there is rarely a commercial drive to invest the time needed to dig deeper. To go a small way to redress this oversight, I have sought to get a sense of the scale of short filmmaking.How many short films are made each year?