Short films, or shorts as they are popularly called, are not exactly new. They have been around for a while. But the arrival of digital medium has given this film format a new lease of life. Their popularity has grown tremendously in the past few years, in India and around the world. More shorts are being made now than ever on diverse subjects. And there has never been a better time to watch them than now.
Here’s why we feel that the trend is here to stay.
1. Watch them anytime, anywhere
Short films seem to be tailor-made for the young and restless. Shorter attention spans aside, younger audiences are used to having things right here, right now! Digital media and smartphones have made content available whenever and wherever we want. Watch these shorts during lunch break at work, while at a café, and just about any time
2. Intriguing stories, rich experiences
Who needs a full-length film when you can get a better experience in 15 minutes or less? These stories get straight to the point and are compact yet compelling. The stories are unconventional and told in a creative and engaging manner. Many short films also leave the end wide open for the viewer to interpret. This element of intrigue makes them even more watchable
3. Everybody (and the best) are doing shorts
Major production houses and accomplished directors have taken to this format in a big way. Brilliant, renowned actors such as Manoj Bajpayee and Radhika Apte have given us some memorable performances. Even veterans like Jackie Shroff and Neena Gupta are associating with shorts much to the delight of audiences
4. Audiences love it
Shorts have taken over the internet and are receiving appreciation like never before. Films such as Ahalya, Taandav and Khujli have gone viral on social media platforms, garnering millions of likes. Film-makers are telling stories on subjects that they normally wouldn’t be able to in a full-length format. Whether it’s a dark comedy or a psychological thriller, audiences are loving every bit of it