SHORT ‘N SWEET

The Short Film as a Calling Card

▶ By Susan Liddy

 

 

There has never been a time when so many people were making short films—never been so many platforms on which to showcase them, and never been so many people watching them. But in such a crowded landscape, can the short film still be the calling card it once was?

In an inspiring keynote at the 2015 SXSW film festival, writer, actor, and filmmaker Mark Duplass warned emerging filmmakers, “The cavalry isn’t coming!” In other words, nobody is coming to help you. Nobody will pluck your film out of obscurity. That’s your job.

In this piece, I’ll show you the roadmap that three Irish or Irish-based filmmakers used at different stages of their careers and how they positioned their ...

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