Submit your film to Short of the Week and join the next generation of innovative storytellers. We have two ways you can submit your film. First is our Basic submission which is absolutely free. However, due to the sheer number of submissions, we cannot guarantee that your film will be viewed. Second is our Premium submission where, for less than the cost of a typical festival submission, we guarantee that your film will be viewed and done so in a timely fashion with feedback from a SOTW editor.
Why go online?
We pioneered the online launch strategy with the success of our own film, The Thomas Beale Cipher which earned over half a million views, articles from top publishers (Wired, The Atlantic) and drew the attention of studios and talent agencies. Since then we’ve helped hundreds of filmmakers find audiences of millions around the world and kickstart their careers as successful indie filmmakers or Hollywood upstarts. We believe the next generation of storytellers will come from online.—How We Launched Our Film Online
What do you look for in a film?
Quite simply, we look for great stories. After years of watching thousands of online shorts, we’ve found that great shorts share four qualities: Relevant, Unique, Emotional, and Entertaining.—Greatness—Why Good Isn’t Good Enough
Music Videos & Experimental Films—We love great stories. To be seriously considered, music videos or experimental films should present some form of a narrative. Those that solely focus on great music or beautiful visuals won’t fare well. Keep this in mind before you submit any film that is not story-driven.
Length—Shorter is generally better. Long shorts (those over 15 minutes) should maintain a compelling pace and use that time wisely to tell story and build character. Remember, the small screen is less immersive, so long, slow dramatic shorts don’t play as well online as they do on the big screen. Keep in mind: the longer your short, the better it needs to be.
Will releasing my film online hurt my chances at film festivals?
This is probably the biggest scare for filmmakers (it was ours too). So we did the research and found that over 66% of film festivals will accept online films. And with heavyweights like Sundance and SXSW joining the list, this is clearly a growing trend. Take a look to see if the festivals you’re considering are online friendly.—Essential List of Festival Eligibility
How is online different from theatrical or festivals?
Great stories still reign, but the online viewing experience is different from the theater. The screens are smaller, the audience is broader, their are more distractions, and you give up some control.—Know Your Medium
Words from Filmmakers
Joseph Pierce (A Family Portrait)
“Launching A Family Portrait online exceeded the buzz of it’s physical premiere (at a packed theatre at the London Film Festival). With SotW expertise and focus it was exhilarating to see the snowball effect an appreciated piece of work can enjoy. To receive personal emails and comments on boards about your work from professionals and those just enthusiastic about film was humbling. Short of the Week is fast becoming the ‘go to’ place for all things short on the web or not. I was shocked at their knowledge of the British animation scene, no matter how independent a short may be. It’s helped me generate a tangible audience (my twitter followers rocketed after) which is immeasurable, especially in this climate where arts and short form film is financially massively under-supported. I am about to finish a new short and it now feels I have an audience to market it to, a people genuinely excited about what I may do next. This is down to the online launch and it’s success is hugely down to SotW!!!”
Christopher Kezelos (Zero)
“I tried launching Zero online by simply uploading it to YouTube. It went largely unnoticed and after several weeks had received only a few thousand views. Thanks to a more focused launch strategy by Short of the Week, Zero went viral in a few days and has since seen well over half a million views. Due to this success, I’ve signed with an agent and manager and am working with them towards getting a feature off the ground. I have SOTW to thank for their knowledge and support.”