The rise of the tiny film

Short-form content: a symptom of the social media plague, or an exciting emerging artform? Screenhub talks to two TikTok producers and a Very Short Film Festival director to find out.

The rise of short form content might be the most popular and controversial development in recent screen production history. From Vine to Stories to TikTok, very short films have made a lot of money, and garnered a lot of criticism. With the ubiquity of smart phones, the tools to make and publish short films is in the hands of the people, whether they’re making art, finding community or cursing the moon. But how do you do it well? And is the popularity of very short content a sad symptom of social media, or genuinely an exciting new medium? 

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob