November 10, 2016 at 10:33AM


Do action/thriller shorts get into high profile/mid range festivals?

I have been watching all the shorts I could get my hands (eyes) onto and I generally see drama shorts or coming of age stories, maybe some comedy(not so much) shorts, especially in recent years, with a major part of them being LGBT themed.
Do festivals actually accept something of a thriller or action genre? They all do say they are open minded, but every year is basically the same, even resembling same cinematography style. Of course, there are great exceptions, but do these exceptions include something more visionary, something more actiony? And I don't mean those sci-fi concepts with 90% of cgi. Maybe I am not looking in the right direction. Everything is so hard on drama it starts to look forced.
Really surprised not to see something raw, Tarantino style. Yes, copycatting is bad but it doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.


Hey! I had the same thought and honestly I think you should do the movie that inspire you the most. I'm as well about to make a short sci-fi movie, because it's the only thing that drives me enough to put a lot of times and ressources in a short movie, and I think it's the most important thing to consider.

November 10, 2016 at 11:17PM


Have you looked in the Asian markets? Last year I saw a number of martial-arts shorts coming form south-east Asia. Closer to (my American) home, there are Asian film festivals which often feature martial arts, such as Colorado's Dragon Boat Film Festival:

November 11, 2016 at 5:23AM, Edited November 11, 5:23AM


I'm actually in the pre-production of a thriller short film, which I plan to send off into several festivals. Hopefully it'll all work out! Filming in December. Maybe you'll end up seeing it soon.

November 12, 2016 at 7:12PM

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