“With its fresh design and new technical features, daazo.com has become one of the most relevant places on the web for short film makers who want to upload their films in hd (either in public, private or password protected versions), to build their own professional portfolio and to submit their work for film contests (right now, the Berlin edition of the impossible film contest is up and running); to enter them for “challenges” (which are funky online games to gather films around a certain topic or motive, like long shots).”
The encouraging story of the website Daazo.com started back in 2006, when two slightly naive university students, Zoltán Aprily and Dániel Deák wanted to see their and others’ films on the Internet. Every filmmaker knows those scratched, unplayable DVDs very well (oh yes, the bloody -RW format), not to say that you run out of them at the most important moment when you have to burn one ASAP for the potential producer of your first feature film.
Uploading the films to the Internet seemed to be the solution for all these problems at that time; your shorts are online, available anytime, anyplace, anywhere. When this idea was being discussed by Dániel and Zoltán, YouTube appeared and achieved exactly what they wanted. This proved that the concept was good – in fact, good enough to set up a billion dollar company in Silicon Valley – so they continued planning and made the idea a bit more specific. Instead of a video sharing site, Daazo.com started as a short film sharing portal: on this platform, quality beats quantity: your film won’t get lost in the crowd of viral or karaoke videos. Friends, and then the friends of friends started using the site. But still, it was a hobby project, a kind of a B-plan.
Things all changed when the MEDIA Programme of the EU got involved and decided to support the project. Naivety started to turn into reality, with numbers and plans. The idealistic goal, however, stayed the same: building the ultimate platform for short films.
That’s what Daazo.com hopes to achieve this year, releasing the new, redesigned version of the website.
With its fresh design and new technical features, Daazo.com has become one of the most relevant places on the Web for short film makers who want to upload their films in HD (either in public, private or password protected versions), to build their own professional portfolio and to submit their work for film contests (right now, the Berlin Edition of the Impossible Film Contest is up and running); to enter them for “challenges” (which are funky online games to gather films around a certain topic or motive, like long shots); and to get the most relevant news and info about the world of short films. These features are combined with the additional platforms of Daazo.com: its films and news are now available on iPhones, mobile browsers, and on Samsung Smart TVs. Other applications (Android and iPad among others) are coming later this year.
Besides giving the opportunity for filmmakers to show their talent online, Daazo.com continues to present unique, award winning shorts from the past – Academy Award, Palm d’Or and Silver Bear winning artworks are available to watch for free.
Using the latest technology (for example full HD uploading and HTML5 player) is necessary but not sufficient for a website nowadays. That is why Daazo.com is organising several projects in 2012 to improve community life (both real and virtual) for short film buffs. Several online film contests are going to be launched and there will be a short film tour in the Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) combined with an online competition. Daazo’s short film projections are coming up in various European cities to screen fresh and unique works on the one hand, and to offer a networking opportunity for young filmmakers on the other. Also, the next issues of the World of Shorts magazine will be available at the Cannes Film Festival and at the Sarejevo IFF. Don’t miss anything, connect your Facebook account to Daazo.com and you will be updated about all these projects.
Year by year, the team at Daazo.com (since it’s not just Dániel and Zoltán any more, but a superb team of short film enthusiasts) is busier and busier realising their seemingly idealistic plans. Hopefully many filmmakers and film lovers will be able to enjoy the fruit of this labour.