The short film has been through a renaissance in recent years. With cheaper and cheaper semi-professional prosumer cameras available and the digital revolution removing the need for costly film purchase, processing and editing, the cost of producing a five to twenty minute film has decreased to the point where it isnt just for people already in the industry. Those lower costs have democratised the filmmaking process, making it not just possible, but also practical for people on a limited budget to put together films that look and sound genuinely great. Whether a short story in cinematic form, a dramatised single scene, a single high concept or a trailer or demo reel for a potential full length feature film, the short film is flourishing. That doesnt mean that every film under forty minutes long is a work of staggering, unsung genius. It just means there are more of them, with a greater platform presenting them to the outside world. Despite this, its still the case that no one makes any money from a short film, especially viewed as an end in and of itself. Whatever the provenance of the story, whatever the storytelling choices made by the filmmakers, itll either have to lead on to something else, or exist as a creation made purely for artistic purposes or the love of cinema. That being the case, here are ten of the most intriguing, interesting, entertaining and/or important short films released in 2015 so far...
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