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Festival / September 10, 2013

Beginning life back in 1995, when it was originally envisioned as a one-off short film event, the Encounters Short film and Animation Festival has developed into one of the world’s…

SOTW / September 7, 2013

We’ve been curating the world of online films for over 6 years. Believe it or not, we’re currently in our 3rd iteration of ShortoftheWeek.com (big points to anyone who remembers…

SOTW / September 4, 2013

This time out Ivan takes us through a tour of recent short films that from young Hollywood actors. With the cost of production dropping and distribution easier than ever before,…

SOTW / August 29, 2013

As another sequel-saturated summer comes to a close, it’s clear that sequels are no fad but a growing trend. It’s a conversation we started with our 2011 article, Has Hollywood

SOTW / August 21, 2013

We totally adore this edition of our YouTube show! It’s our shortest playlist yet, but perhaps the most intriguing. Our indomitable host, Ivan Kander, puts his critic hat firmly…

SOTW / August 8, 2013

One of the most popular genres of short film online capitalizes on the popularity of existing properties—we’re talking fan films! And like fanfic, fan films can be really, really…

Interview / August 6, 2013

Director Eric Kissack’s excellent short, Blessing in Disguise, is the rare romantic comedy film that is truly romantic and funny. The same could be said for his new indie feature…

News / July 24, 2013

On this week’s YouTube show, we highlight short films that made the jump to featuredom. Find out how some of your favorite full length movies got started in the…

SOTW / July 17, 2013

We began taking submissions back in November 2010 as a way for filmmakers to launch their film online, find an audience, and connect with the industry. Since then we’ve steadily…

Playlist / July 10, 2013

This week’s YouTube playlist of curated short film selections features a collection of shorts with gorgeous visuals. We’ve got Sundance award winners, internet favorites, and even a selection from…

Playlist / June 26, 2013

It’s almost Independence Day here in the States, so this week’s Short of the Week YouTube playlist features films that celebrate Americana. From calf ropers to juggalos to night…

Playlist / June 12, 2013

Happy Father’s Day! Building on a playlist we did a few years back, the new episode of the Short of the Week YouTube shows features films for fathers. If…

Article / May 31, 2013

It is an unwritten, unspoken rule that is accepted by short filmmakers as an immutable reality—if you want your film to be eligible to screen at the world’s biggest fests,…

Playlist / May 29, 2013

Another ep fresh off the digital press from ace SotW Editor Ivan Kander. Just in time for summer blockbuster season, here is a collection of action short films that will…

Playlist / May 10, 2013

Episode 3 is a little ahead of schedule, but what’s the point of doing a Mother’s Day playlist after Mother’s Day? (You have gotten something for your Mom already haven’t…

Online Program / May 8, 2013

Year end projects have been delivered by BFA students of the CalArts Character Animation Program. The best of the best, 23 films, will screen tonight in the famous “Producer’s Show”,…

Article / May 2, 2013

We’ve seen it time and time again. A film plays for an audience on a big screen in a dark theater and brings the audience to tears or has them…

Playlist / May 1, 2013

Episode two in our partnership with PBS Digital Studios is now live on YouTube. On this week’s episode, we’re focusing on a popular topic as of late—branded content. It’s a subject…

SOTW / April 17, 2013

We’re excited to announce a partnership with PBS Digital Studios (home of Off Book, the Idea Channel, Inventors, and other edutainment shows) to bring you a new show of curated short…

News / March 13, 2013

Last November, Vimeo began rolling out their creator services beginning with Tip Jar—a simple way for audiences to make a donation to filmmakers—a good thought that failed to take off.…

Article / March 4, 2013

This year marked an interesting milestone for the Oscar nominated animated short films. For the first time in recent memory, people actually watched them. On January 29th, my Facebook feed…

News / February 24, 2013

The votes have been tallied and the little golden man has found his way into the hands of three happy filmmakers. We’re especially proud of former SOTW honoree Shawn Christensen…

Playlist / February 15, 2013

Among the tens of thousands of films that debuted online over the last year, the 150+ that we featured here on Short of the Week, and the 9 that we’ve…

Playlist / February 14, 2013

In honor of Valentine’s Day, a playlist about chasing love.

Interview / February 13, 2013

Winners of the SOTW Awards 2013 New Media category sit down to discuss the importance of story and the need for funding in this roundtable discussion about the future of the industry.