One of the best ways to learn how to make short films is by watching them and learning from other people’s successes and mistakes.
There are film festivals that take place all over the UK and around the world. Most festivals have a section for shorts and there are some festivals that are solely dedicated to short films. A full and comprehensive Directory of International Film & Video Festivals can be found at: www.britfilms.com/festivals
This directory lists over 600 international film festivals, including television and video festivals, and provides details on how and when to enter these events. There is a search feature that enables you to look up film festivals by country, town, festival title, category or month of the year.
There are a number of organsitions across the UK that run short film screenings, often in combination with other events. Many local filmmaker's groups also run short film screenings in their area. Look out for information on filmmaking websites (such as Shooting People's Filmmakers Bulletin and Talent Circle's noticeboard) and in filmmaking magazines.
Past short film competition winners and other successful shorts have been compiled into video and DVD collections that are widely available. See our guide shorts on DVD for a selection of recommended short film DVDs.
As technology is improving the Internet is becoming a far more reliable place to see short films. Short films have been available online for a couple of years, but only now, with broadband and improved software, is watching short films on the Internet becoming a viable viewing option.
See right-hand column for a list of some of the best places to watch shorts online.