Last week, I shared research I have conducted into the number of short films made over the past two decades. I focused on live-action shorts which had played at least once at any film festival.
While production levels are interesting, they were not the original reason I conducted the project. I was responding to requests to look at the gender of short filmmakers.
I have studied gender in the film industry a number of times in the past (links at the end of the article) but only briefly with regard to short films. Shorts are an important data point to track when seeking to build up an accurate picture of gender among filmmakers.
For many filmmakers, short films represent the leap between their …