With the ongoing film theme on Sweden.se, our digital short film competition on Sweden.se/watch and Chris Gardner’s amazing film blog on Sweden.se/blogs it’s difficult not to get inspired to watch Swedish film, short films in particular.
I found this wonderful, very sad short film on Youtube the other day and got really touched by it. Not very strange considering that the person behind Talk (1997) (Bara prata lite) is the eminent Lukas Moodysson who also directed Show me love (Fucking Åmål), Mammoth and Lilja 4-ever.
Ten short film heroes gathered for combat in Sweden's official film player, Watch.sweden.se.
By “short film hero” I don’t mean a film hero that’s short, but rather a hero of short film. Short film seems to be a tough genre. There’s very little money in it and, I would assume, only a small audience watching. Yet, last year’s 28th Uppsala International Short Film Festival and related events managed to attract about 12,000 visitors, and more than 300 short films are shown at the festival every year. Really beats me. However it works, we’re happy to cooperate with the festival.
Interestingly, Swedes seem to be particularly brilliant at making short films, winning a lot of awards. Maybe it gives creators something to do on those dark winter nights. Maybe we like spreading our creativity online; short film is perfect for the web. Or maybe, and more likely, short film is used by many film makers as a springboard to making feature film. In any case, it’s still a mystery to me why Swedes are so good at it.
Well, enough bragging. Like Mikaela said yesterday, you should just watch some of them and judge for yourself. Vote for your short film hero in our film player, Watch.sweden.se.
P.S. The 29th Uppsala International Short Film Festival takes place between October 25 and 31, 2010. On October 29, the winner of WATCH Audience Award 2010 will be announced.