Short films: searching for ways to get attention

James Woods is piling up the short films, has tried the festival route, and is now about to release on Vimeo, which at least gives him longevity.

A lot of work goes into a short project including a significant investment in time and money. The genre is crowded with films using excellent casts and beautiful surfaces bound together with clever edits and the right moody music.

Getting films into festivals can be a long slog, and they tend to prioritise the arthouse end of the market. The alternative is to work with the specialist opportunities like fantasy and horror, which are driven by genre considerations.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.