The internet is one big film festival, and you can be the judge.
Tokyo/Glow Is Gorgeous, Simple, and Short
One of my only disappointments regarding the recent Ann Arbor Film Festival was that I didn’t catch enough of it. Which is a little amusing, since I had a press pass*, and it’s a festival comprised largely of short films. Which are coincidentally kind of a fetish of mine, largely because of my goldfish-like media attention span. I regrettably missed winner’s night, but was confident that I could cleverly find a lot of the films online like I had with some of the opening night entries. How wrong I was. What I quickly learned googling the festival winners was that there are two distinct schools of thought on distribution of these festival-oriented works: one that believes in the new economy of “release it free and cash in later” (as in Chris Anderson’s book Free), and one that maintains its cachet mainly via scarcity of distribution. Ah well. I guess I’ll just have to spend more time in real theaters, watching real films! Until then though, there’s a never-ending film festival online. The biggest problem ultimately is sorting through the astounding number of indy shorts out there to find that genuine gem. Which is – as I just learned – precisely one of the reasons to go to a festival. So with all my complaining about being short on time, it’s rather ironic that I spent as much time as I did to find some sites to share with you. Of the dozens of sites I perused, two that I found that seemed to have the highest density of quality films were probably NZShortFilm.com and CoffeeShorts. My search is only just beginning though; if you have any suggestions, feel free to share.
I don’t know if IndyMogul’s The Best Short Films in the World really are, but this episode says a lot about the current generation of aspiring filmmakers and film addicts. The cardboard title crawls, overlapping segments, and inserts of host Bobby Miller make it hard to tell where the film submissions begin and end, but deliver a lot of selected shorts in a timespan that doesn’t lose my drug-damaged brain’s attention.
Tokyo/Glow clocks in at 2:10, and fills all 130 seconds with gorgeous time-lapse HD color:
*Thank you so much Becca Keating for the last-minute kind consideration!