As you may know my trade I am an independent film maker having worked teaching film to young people and running my own film festivals. Part of this is making sure I support my fellow artists as much as I can by attending film festivals, watching others films and getting my bum to art exhibitions. Independent short films are a great way to discover new talent or get a bite size taste of a genre you may not have sampled before. When I found Discover film I was so excited I had to share them with you!
There are pages of films to watch so if you are a bit bored of Netflix and looking for something new to keep you entertained then this is a fabulous alternative. Easy to use and no long forms to join I managed to sign up and was watching a short film within minutes. There is something for all tastes with a wide range of categories making independent film more access-able to everyone. There is even a point system in place where you gain points for visiting the site or watching films which can unlock additional extras such as interviews and behind the scenes or you can opt to use your points to go into a monthly prize draw.
If you are a film maker yourself then you will be able upload your own films but also network with fellow film makers. Networking is key in the film world and is a fantastic way to find more crew or even collaborate with other artists. You can get advice on the best equipment to use on an upcoming shoot or for me the dreaded one was finding quality actors on a low budget. There is even a film festival! Last year Discover film ran a film festival in London and it went so well that in September to October this year there will be another. So much hard work goes into putting film festivals together (Trust me I ran one for 3 years) so a lot of respect goes to discover for bringing us another place to celebrate home grown talent.
If you have a quality short film you can enter your work into the festival and have a chance to win yourself some recognition for your hard work and have your film screened in the phoenix theatre in London. If that isn't an excuse to make a film then I don't know what is. You can also find out about the winners of the last festival over on the website. In all I am really impressed with the quality of networking, film and opportunity Discover Film is offering so make sure film maker or not you go check them out and show them some support.
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