BE SHORT NOW! is a series of industry events, meetings, panels, talks, keynotes, masterclasses focusing on short films and their festival ecosystem. Here you can listen to them. http://www.beshortnow.com
Festivals of the Present, Festivals of the Future (Online Panel at Torino Short Film Market)
synopsis: 2020 has definitely been a disruptive year for the short film festival ecosystem. The unexpected outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March has forced the vast majority of organisations to postpone, move online or even cancel long time scheduled events. Many festival organisers immediately managed to quickly and successfully respond to this new situation and to adapt their events to an all online reality. Others, in order to make a hybrid or “on-site” version a viable option, chose to postpone the festivals hoping in more favourable epidemiological conditions from August onwards. Unfortunately, as the pandemic’s situation keeps evolving, organisers of events set to happen in the last three months of the year once again have had to face worse sanitary conditions. These rapid changes have created new challenges and issues that festival teams had to tackle, such as health safety measures or rethinking schedules and programming for a new event format. Although uncertainty for the upcoming 2021 season is still very much present and real, how will organisers prepare for it? How will past experiences and recently learnt expertise help shape the future short film festivals? What form will “real-life” events take? How will organisers be able to provide safe spaces? And at what cost? Will hybrid festivals still be prominent in the near future instead? And what does that mean for the film curators and distribution sector? Festivals of the Present, Festivals of the Future aims to answer to all these and other questions on the organisational issues, changes and challenges that the short film festival ecosystem is about to face in a post-pandemic world.
moderator: Emilia Mazik (Festival Director, Short Waves Festival)
panelists: Eroll Bilibani (Head of DokuLab, Dokufest), Lars Henrik Gass (Festival Director, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen), Nina Rodrigues Lima (Director of Programming, Guanajuato International Film Festival)
The Path to a Greener Festival (Online Panel at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur)
synopsis: Where there’s a will there’s a way. At least in theory. The path to a green festival comes with a lot of requirements. Many of the existing certifications are granted in stages, others are already outdated or designed for businesses or one-time events. Thus, a growing number of festivals in Austria are joining forces to adapt existing regulations. 2020 would have been the first year with a green strategy for Vienna Shorts. Festival co-director Daniel Ebner talks about goals, partial successes, and challenges.
moderator: Emilia Mazik (Talking Shorts)
panelists: Daniel Ebner (Vienna Shorts Festival)
Crunching the Numbers for a Greener Festival (Online Panel at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur)
synopsis: The transition to a greener festival scene requires substantial investment and long-term planning. The short film industry, in particular, faces considerable challenges in regard to providing the needed capacities. But this investment will pay off in the long run. Sven Schwarz, managing director of the Hamburg Short Film Festival, shares his experiences with budgeting and talks about the challenges and successes, as well as the chain of effects in regard to transitioning to a greener festival.
moderator: Enrico Vannucci (Talking Shorts)
panelists: Sven Schwarz (Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg)
What's the point of Premiere Status? (Panel at FILMFEST DRESDEN)
synopsis: Submitting films to festivals can prove challenging. And in fact, each filmmaker would like to enter their film everywhere, were it not for the complicated issue with premieres. And there are almost as many of these as there are film festivals. For filmmakers at the start of their career especially, this can all seem very confusing. What is the difference between an international and a world premiere? What happens when we ignore the premieres? And who benefits from all this? Marija Milovanovic, curator at VIS Vienna Shorts and the Managing Director of Lemonade Films, will attempt to cast some lights on these issues and discuss the usefulness or otherwise of this with both losers and winners of such premiere policies.
moderator: Marija Milovanovic (VIS - Vienna Shorts Festival)
panelists: Nikita Diakur (Filmmaker), Asja Krsmanovic (Sarajevo Film Festival), Julie Rousson (Festival du court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand)
Let’s get critical! (Online Panel at Glasgow Short Film Festival and Short Waves Festival)
synopsis: Academic discourse as well as journalistic resources for short films have always been, and still are, limited. Though the short film scene is an active, flourishing field and the prime source of innovation for film and filmmaking, there is still a serious lack of education, canonisation and criticism. Talking Shorts’ prime purpose is to widen this current (lack of) discourse about the short film as an art form. In this panel we aim to explore the current state of short film criticism in terms of accessibility and opportunities. Who is doing it and who is it for? Has the rise of more streaming platforms over the past couple of years also increased the quantity of writings about short film? Does more short film distribution equals better criticism? Can the concretisation of a short film canon nurture more public education? Let’s get critical!
moderator: Enrico Vannucci (Talking Shorts)
panelists: Maria D. Richter (Ubiquarian), Julian Ross (Locarno Film Festival), Laura Walde (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur)
Other Perspectives (Seminar at Virtual Short Film Conference)
Synopsis: The panel will give you the opportunity to listen to the point-of-view of filmmakers and those that represent them. How are they dealing with postponed festivals, cancelled premieres, online screenings and the lack of human connections & networking that are usually so vital to the festival experience?
Moderated by: Aneta Ozorek (Kaboom Animation Festival)
Panelists: Katie McCullough (Festival Formula Ltd), Lasse Linder (director of ‘All Cats Are Grey In The Dark’), Niki Lindroth von Bahr (director of ‘Something To Remember’ & ‘The Burden’), Nicolas Schmerkin (Autour de Minuit) and Sergio Fant (Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival)