YouTube has been a boon for the short film format. Relegated to film festivals, special screenings, interstitials between long form programming on TV, short films as a medium, has always been second fiddle. Sure, there’s been lots of recognition for short films, ranging from the Oscar short categories, major short film festivals (mostly in Europe like Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Fest & Market) and other platforms. But, with the advent of video streaming and especially YouTube and other social media platforms, sharing and viewing short form content is daily part of life.
When YOMYOMF launched the ambitious Interpretations Film Initiative in 2010, we embarked on a mission to create a community of budding and established filmmakers by challenging them to come up with their own take on a template that could be “interpreted” in so many ways. In the end, it was a successful initiative, but at the time, we didn’t have a platform for this community to grow and nurture. Sure we had the YOMYOMF blog, and me fighting the good fight by presenting my semi-regular Short Film Spotlight, but it was still pretty limiting.
Fast forward to now, and the launch of the YOMYOMF Network! With the debut of original content (thanks, YouTube and their 100 channel investment), the Offenders and our friends have been extremely busy for the past few months getting everything ready this week, and from the looks of it, we’re kicking ass. As part of our programming rollout, we felt it was equally important to release “library” or existing content alongside the original and new content like Acting for Action, Internet Icon, BFFs, and more. Why? Because we feel that the community that we are creating on the YOMYOMF Network (over 1.2 million views of our promo and from the time of this writing, over 329,000 subscribers), it was a perfect storm of presenting classic and significant work that we’ve seen over the past decade, and even way back in the day.
Our first “library” content series is The Short List, a weekly series where we present a short film every Friday at noon EST. Some of these short films will be a few years old, initially, as we revisit some classic films that we’ve loved over the years. We’ll eventually also show newer short films as well. The goal is to celebrate the art of short filmmaking in a special curated series that will also be aligned with the YOMYOMF blog, as we invite the spotlighted short filmmakers to write guest blogs to accompany the debut of their short on the Network.
Now, some of these short films that will be presented, you may have seen already on other platforms or even other YouTube channels. That’s okay! That just makes you part of the cool school. Because many others have not seen them, so it’s new to them! Our goal is to celebrate cool, well made, even innovative short films that can be contextualized in the YOMYOMF Network audience base. Hopefully, you’ll like them, and I can guarantee that many of them you will like. But, my personal goal with The Short List, is to sometimes challenge the audience, and some shorts may be kind of out there. And that’s cool too.
So, tune in every Friday, at Noon EST, to check out the latest short film spotlighted on YOMYOMF Network’s The Short List! And stay tuned for other retrospective/library content series that will revisit other great films and docs that we hope will warrant discussion and introduce these works to a new generation of viewers!