Cannes 2013
A Pitch Page success: The Queen of England Stole my Parents

A Pitch Page success: The Queen of England Stole my Parents

In the 2013 Cannes issue of World of Shorts, we represented a great  project in the Pitch Page section, called The Queen of England Stole my Parents, by Ernestas Jankauskas. A year later we were extremely happy to see the film in the Short Film Corner of Cannes, and we asked the producer of the...
Workshop agenda

Workshop agenda

Are you the travelling type of filmmaker? Okay, who isn’t. Now, are you the type of filmmaker who would spend days or weeks in a foreign country to gain real-world experience from the best? Seek new adventures, meet your future collaborators and explore the world through a great workshop. We rounded some up for you...
Sweet home for filmmakers

Sweet home for filmmakers

Some of the people who are not really familiar with the film business think it is quite easy to create short films. You just grab your camera (as everybody has one nowadays), shoot something with your friends (we do hope that everybody has at least one nowadays), and open your editing software (as everybody has...
Daazo’s Top Users - Jakob Beckman

Daazo’s Top Users – Jakob Beckman

“There’s nothing else I’d rather do” Jakob Beckman’s A Night to Remember is based on the idea of faux pas. In his short film with a powerful ambience, Beckman directs his actors with a sure hand for drama and tension in situations that make viewers sit on edge and flinch, a remarkable achievement for a...
Daazo’s Top Users  - Wassim Sookia

Daazo’s Top Users – Wassim Sookia

“Never give up making films, however hard it may be!” Meet Wassim Sookia, whose sensitive and touching film Keeper shared the first prize with Jakob Beckman’s A Night to Remember at the World of Shorts film contest in April. ·    Wassim I am from Mauritius and I’m 37 years old. I’ve been making short films...
Euro Connection - exploring the challenges and benefits of co-production

Euro Connection – exploring the challenges and benefits of co-production

EURO CONNECTION took place for the 5th time this year at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. To date  31 films have been completed from the  first three editions of this co-production forum for shorts. Euro Connection shorts have grabbed selections and awards all over Europe: Golden Bear in Berlin, selections at Annecy, Locarno and Venice,...
Selling us all short - Encounters Short Film Festival

Selling us all short – Encounters Short Film Festival

Last month a well-known left-wing, liberal, pro-arts UK newspaper published a blog post dismissing short films as “derivative, soulless and humourless”. The piece, which complained of a lack of compelling storytelling, was a deliberate provocation focused on a prestigious British awards shortlist. Yet the author made wider generalisations and assumptions, such as: good filmmaking must...
Before and After - The European Short Pitch Makeover

Before and After – The European Short Pitch Makeover

So what’s your story about? Death and mortality? Stuck in the “kind of, but not really” mode? Confused? Questioning your own originality? The three shades of white scare you?  In need of a trim, some polishing and a transformation? We might have the answer, or at least the European Short Pitch does: a first aid...
Daazo presents: Pitch Page - Traffic Lights

Daazo presents: Pitch Page – Traffic Lights

Through 7 days starting from May 15th, we are presenting the best 7 Pitch Pages which made the print version of our World of Shorts Magazine. We’ll have interviews with the filmmakers as well! Check out the previous ones here.  From our neighbor country Romania, Alina Manolache’s project “Traffic Lights” made the World of Shorts magazine with...
“Building bridges from short to long and long to short” - an interview with the programming managers at ZDF/ARTE

“Building bridges from short to long and long to short” – an interview with the programming managers at ZDF/ARTE

An interview with Sabine Brantus and Catherine Colas, programming managers at ZDF/ARTE. Short Film – as a format – has been modified in the last few years thanks to the new platforms. Can you share with us what short film means to a traditional television channel like ARTE? ARTE is a channel open to new...
Jane Campion and the Jury announces the winners of the 16th Cinéfondation Selection

Jane Campion and the Jury announces the winners of the 16th Cinéfondation Selection

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Jane Campion and including Maji-da Abdi, Nicoletta Braschi, Nandita Das and Semih Kaplanoğlu, has awarded the 2013 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of nearly...
THE BIG LEAP - The challenges of a high profile short in Polish-Swedish co-production

THE BIG LEAP – The challenges of a high profile short in Polish-Swedish co-production

„You must be crazy!” That‘s what the director and the producers have heard over the past four years, spent with the production of  a 13-minute short called The Big Leap.  BELIEF „Does God exist?” – everything started with this universal question that the director, Kristoffer Rus, wanted to ask in the era of a global...