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Please Participate In The 2017 Short Film Fan Readership Survey

Hey, Short Film Fans!

We’re almost at the end of 2017 and it’s been a very good year for Short Film Fan. The number of visitors and views has increased over last year, while new subscribers have signed-up. Also, more filmmakers (from Canada as well as beyond) have reached out to submit their short films to be reviewed. More film festivals were connecting with the site, as well; in one case this fall, Short Film Fan was an official media partner of the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival. This is all so incredibly encouraging and motivating. It’s an indication that Short Film Fan’s delivery of news, reviews and information about Canadian short films is hitting a positive chord with you in one way or another.

As the creator and publisher of Short Film Fan, it’s my duty to take a look at where the site is now and where I’d like it to be in the future. As you may know, time spent on each Short Film Fan post is done outside of my regular daytime activities. This fact makes it sometimes difficult to keep up with the increasing volume of article ideas and submissions. Tied in to the time spent on working on posts is the monetary cost of maintaining this site. How to find more hours to work on more posts in the most cost-effective way is one priority for me.

Also under review is the structure or format of each post. Currently, all of the articles on Short Film Fan are written either by myself or a dedicated volunteer. While some blog sites tend to lean heavily towards text, others have incorporated more audio and/or video in their articles. How to improve the readability of future articles is also an important priority.

In the end, this is Short Film Fan’s chance to look towards the future and to take the next step in becoming something bigger and better. So, with that in mind, I urge you to participate in the first-ever Short Film Fan Readership Survey. The survey consists of only 10 questions and won’t take long to complete. It’s anonymous and no personal information will be collected. The link to the survey is below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F98G6J3

Please fill out this survey no later than December 15th, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

After this date, all data will be reviewed and analyzed to get a clearer picture as to how the site should progress.

I look forward to reading your thoughts and opinions about Short Film Fan. Thank you for your participation and continued support.

Regards,

Mike Kulasza

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Short Film Fan Surpasses Total 2016 Views & Visits

Hey, Short Film Fans!

Did you hear the news?

Short Film Fan has officially surpassed last year’s total viewership and visitor numbers! In other words: Short Film Fan has been read and visited by more people this year than last year and we have 3.5 more months to go!

I want to thank all of you for making this milestone possible. I appreciate all the shares and likes of all the posts through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn which helped in reaching new readers. I also appreciate everyone who has attached links to the posts on their personal and professional webpages. I want to thank everyone who has mentioned Short Film Fan to your family, friends and colleagues and encouraging them to check out all the cool Canadian shorts being talked about here!

The content on Short Film Fan is definitely resonating with the readers out there. Canadian short films are probably some of the most brilliant, creative and fascinating films to watch out there, so who wouldn’t want to come back to the site to read more?

Let’s keep this momentum going for the rest of the year! Let’s get more people turned-on and tuned-in to news, reviews and information about Canadian shorts with Short Film Fan!

Thanks again! 🙂

 

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Short Film Fan!

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Short Film Fan!

Since its launch in May 2014, Short Film Fan has been proud of its role as a site dedicated solely to Canadian short films. It has not only become a place for film buffs to come and learn about the latest in Canadian shorts, but it has also become a resource for filmmakers. Since last year, there definitely has been an increase in the number of Canadian film producers approaching Short Film Fan with requests to have their films reviewed on the site. Hopefully, this will continue for the remainder of this year and into next year. New subscribers have been signing-up and new followers on social media have emerged. This is a positive sign that Short Film Fan is resonating with the public.

This anniversary is dedicated to everyone who has supported Short Film Fan over the past three years: subscribers, friends, family, colleagues and followers. Your interest in and support of Short Film Fan means a lot and really helps to keep the site going. This 3rd anniversary is especially dedicated to all the Canadian filmmakers who have had their films featured on the site and who graciously took the time out of their busy schedules to answer interview questions. Your participation in and support of Short Film Fan has made it what it is today.

And what anniversary would be complete without quick anniversary video greeting?

Thanks again, everyone! Happy Anniversary!

Opinion: Screening Shorts Along With Full-Length Features

Some good news about a Canadian short screening in the U.S.

It was reported a few days ago that Peter Huang’s five-minute short 5 Films About Technology (2016) was set to premiere before the U.S. screening of the feature-length film Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. This initiative has been made possible by the newly-launched distribution company, Neon.

This could bode well for other Canadian short films.

Although screening a short film or two before the main picture is not a new idea, the time has definitely come for this practice to be revived and implemented in Canadian movie theatres today.

Short film fans will know how challenging it can be to find Canadian shorts to watch in the first place. They take great, proactive lengths to look for them, whether searching online or recording late-night programs like CBC’s Canadian Reflections or waiting for an annual film festival to run in our communities. Screening Canadian shorts right before a major Hollywood movie would make things a little bit easier for the fan.

It also has the potential to give a big boost to the careers of the Canadian filmmakers who work so hard to produce these shorts. They would be able to get their names and films in front of large numbers of Canadian audiences that probably have never seen a Canadian short film before. In turn, Canadian movie goers would get an excellent opportunity to learn about the filmmakers and the short film format. As a result, new Canadian short film fans could be born.

If, one day, Canadian shorts do get screened before a major motion picture, which Canadian filmmaker’s short films do you hope to see? How many short films would you like to watch? Is this practice already taking place in your local movie theatre? Leave a comment or question below.

 

 

 

Thank You To All Of You! See You In 2017!

A year-end message from Short Film Fan creator, writer and publisher Mike Kulasza:

This year, 2016, was an incredible year for Short Film Fan. It was a year of further growth and relationship-building which, hopefully, will continue on into next year.

Readership of Short Film Fan increased over last year; the number of visits this year increased by 50% over last year’s visits. New subscribers via email and WordPress have come aboard, too. This must mean that people out there are truly interested in reading and learning about Canadian short films. Thank you to all the new and current subscribers of Short Film Fan. I appreciate your support!

Short Film Fan featured an amazing mix of Canadian filmmakers this year. I appreciate all of you for allowing me to interview you, and thank you for sharing your fantastic short films for us to watch. BJ Verot, Molly McGlynn and Margaret Lindsay Holton were our newest featured filmmakers, and we also heard from our old friends, Alan Powell and Maxime-Claude L’Ecuyer. And, who could forget Short Film Fan’s feature interview with actress/producer/writer, Katie Boland?

Short Film Fan promoted a variety of excellent film festivals, too. Female Eye Film Festival, Air Canada enRoute Film Festival, National Canadian Film Day and Toronto International Short Film Festival were all featured prominently throughout the year. It is good to know that so many film festivals in Canada screen a wide variety of Canadian shorts.

I also had the pleasure in publishing guest blog posts written by Ihor Cap, Angela Perez and Paul Krumholz. Thank you for your interest in being a guest blogger and for taking the time to write and submit your articles. I encourage more of you to send in your articles to be featured on the site. A set of blogger rules was developed and written back in the late summer especially for anyone interested in making his or her mark on Short Film Fan.

Some days, it is not enough just to sit at a desk and write blog posts. It is important for me to connect with people in-person. So, I hit the road this summer and spent a week in Toronto, where I connected with Katy Swailes, Lee-Anne Bigwood and Karen Tsang of the CBC, and James McNally of Shorts That Are Not Pants. Thanks so much for an awesome time and for your input that week!  I hope to see you all again soon.

I really enjoyed featuring weekly updates of CBC Short Film Face Off this year. It was an exciting contest this year. Thank you for all the cooperation and feedback, as well as the shout-outs online! Looking forward to working with you next season.

One of my goals this year was to expand Short Film Fan’s reach into Western Canada. This happened in the summer when the National Film Board’s Katja DeBock in Vancouver reached out and connected with me. Thank you, Katja! I’m looking forward to featuring more NFB shorts in the future.

Much thanks goes out to Alina Kelly and Maria Dasilva for communications and graphic design help. I will always be indebted to you. Thanks also to Iris Yudai for some article-writing advice this fall.

To close, I can’t thank all of you enough for your interest and support of Short Film Fan. All of you are making the site what it is. Without you, there would be no Short Film Fan. Please continue to come back as readers and please think of me again when you want to submit an article, a short to review, or a festival to feature. All of your Facebook shares, Tweets and website pingbacks mean a lot to me. Your participation shows that you value Short Film Fan for its content and worldwide reach, as well as the hard work that goes into each blog post.

It was a busy and dynamic year at Short Film Fan. I would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and all the best in 2017!

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Who Would You Like To See In A Canadian Short Film?

The gears at Short Film Fan were turning lately.

With the recent blockbuster superhero movie releases of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ earlier this year and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ last month, an idea came up.

Which Canadian character, real or imagined, would you like to see in a Canadian short?

One Canadian comic book character that first came to mind was Captain Canuck. He came on the comic scene in 1975 through the creative juices of Ron Leishman and Richard Comely.  What kind of adventures could he get up to in a short film? From further research, other Canadian comic book characters that have graced magazine stands in the past include Northguard and Fleur de Lys. It would be interesting to see if the adventures of these characters could be translated into a short film form.

What about real-life Canadian characters from history? Would it be possible to take one moment from their lives and turn it into a short film? Maybe Sir William Stephenson, the man who would be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond, would be an interesting feature in a short. Could you imagine a Canadian James Bond in a 10-minute short film?

Would all of these ideas work? That would probably depend on a few factors. Financial resources could be one of them. Casting the right actors could be another. But, who knows? Maybe one day these ideas and others will come to life in a Canadian short.

Do you have any ideas of your own? Write your comments below or share a post on Short Film Fan’s Facebook and Google+ pages.

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Happy 2nd Anniversary, Short Film Fan!

Happy Second Anniversary, Short Film Fan!

Yes, that’s right. Two years ago this week (May 18, 2014, to be exact), Short Film Fan came into existence, and has been enthusiastically bringing news and information about Canadian short films to you: the fans.  We’ve had a pretty good year so far in terms of the articles posted and we’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year will bring.

We were lucky and happy to catch up with filmmaker BJ Verot for an interview with him in March. Also, a couple of our subscribers heard the call and submitted their guest posts for publishing. These interviews and guest posts offer excellent insights about Canadian shorts from both inside and outside of the industry.

The rest of the year will prove to be interesting and fun, as well. Keep on the lookout for SFF’s coverage of CBC’s Short Film Face Off this June and July. More filmmaker interviews and film reviews are on the horizon, and maybe a new feature or two.

Is there a particular Canadian short that you’ve seen and you’d like to see reviewed on Short Film Fan? Do you know any Canadian filmmakers who you would like to see interviewed? Would you like to submit a guest post about Canadian shorts? Write in your ideas to mkul1973@yahoo.ca or through Twitter @mkulasza. You can also try contacting the site via its Facebook and Google+ pages.

Thanks to everyone for your interest and continued support of Short Film Fan. Happy Anniversary and Happy Watching!

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Guest Post: Canadian Short Films From An Immigrant’s Perspective

It’s always good to receive comments from Short Film Fan readers and it’s equally a pleasure to read them. One of SFF’s newest subscribers, Angela Perez, recently sent in some of her thoughts about Canadian shorts. Angela immigrated to Canada from Colombia a few years ago and has been working and raising her family here ever since. Passionate about languages and cultures outside of her native Colombia, Angela enjoys learning more about the different cultural aspects in Canada. Here’s what she had to say:

 

“What could possibly be a better way for an immigrant like me to get immersed in a culture than watching some locally-made short films?

I came across Short Film Fan one year ago and I loved the idea. These short films are a very fun and quick way for me to learn about the different aspects of the prolific Canadian culture. One thing that I find so charming about Canada is the diversity of the population. As fascinating as it is to know people from all around the world in one of Canada’s cities, it is also interesting to explore the very own Canadian way of living and those everyday occurrences in people’s lives than bring them together.

The films on Short Film Fan focus on a variety of topics, which is one of many things that I like about the blog. In addition, I really enjoy the way that it engages the viewer. Participating in the selection of the best films keeps you not only captivated, but also fills you with anticipation about the next film that will be posted.”

 

Thanks, Angela, for letting us know why you like Canadian shorts and how they’re helping you learn more about Canada. Thanks also for being a Short Film Fan subscriber!

Would anyone else like to write or comment about Canadian shorts or the blog? You can share your thoughts directly on any blog post or send in your note to mkul1973@yahoo.ca. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays And See You All Back Here In 2016!

It’s been a fantastic year for Short Film Fan in 2015. This was the first full year of posted articles for the site. From January to December, Short Film Fan had the pleasure in publishing a wealth of fascinating filmmaker interviews, film reviews and general news items about short films in Canada. It was enjoyable to meet, correspond with and interview so many people directly involved with these films. New colleagues and friends have been made as a result of these articles.

Short Film Fan has also increased its subscriber base from last year! It’s pleasing to know that readers liked the site so much at that they took out full subscriptions so as to not miss out on any future posts. Hope to see you continue your subscriptions and that you’ll encourage your friends and colleagues to subscribe, as well.

As well, Short Film Fan experimented with guest blog posts. It was an excellent opportunity to receive and share perspectives about Canadian short films from others. Katy Swailes was our guest blogger this year and we hope that she’ll return next year with more well-written articles. Short Film Fan encourages other filmmakers, actors, marketers (not to mention other Canadian short film fans) to contribute a guest post to the site.

Short Film Fan also increased its presence on social media this year. In the fall, a Facebook page was launched and, just recently, a Google Plus page has entered into the mix. These pages will act as supplemental places to have conversations about the posts and Canadian shorts, in general.

As for 2016, Short Film Fan will keep bringing you more quality articles along with some experiments thrown in now and then. With the new Google Plus page, Short Film Fan may even try its hand at making and publishing ‘short films’ made via smartphone technology!

A big ‘thank-you’ goes out to everyone who was involved with Short Film Fan this year. There are too many names to be mentioned here. But, to everyone who agreed to be interviewed for articles, contributed guest posts, shared your short for a review, featured the site on your social media pages or simply sent a message in appreciation of what’s been written, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for supporting Short Film Fan!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best to you and your family in 2016!

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Guest Post: Katy Swailes Shares Sneak Peek Into ‘Short Film Face Off’

Comments and opinions about the articles posted at Short Film Fan are always appreciated. Similarly, anyone who would like to share his or her thoughts about Canadian short films is invited to submit an article to Short Film Fan as a guest. This week’s post is the first-ever written by a guest contributor. Katy Swailes manages social media for the CBC program, Short Film Face Off.  In her article, Katy gives us a sneak peek into what viewers can expect to see in this season’s episodes.

 

Behind-the-scenes on Short Film Face Off

Katy Swailes 4Earlier this year, nine filmmakers from across Canada gathered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to tape the eighth season of Short Film Face Off. The series showcases a selection of shorts and directors over four episodes, with the ultimate aim of winning a $45,000 production package. Each episode ends with one film—as determined by the judges—advancing to the final round. You the viewers will vote for the winner when the show airs this month on CBC Television.

I was at the heart of the action, monopod-mounted iPhone in hand, bringing a taste of production week to our fans on social media. And with host Steve Patterson (The Debaters) and an eclectic group of filmmakers hailing from six regions of Canada, there was no shortage of shenanigans to capture over four days. Check out some of the antics that went on when THE cameras weren’t rolling, but mine was.

IMG_5765_cropped1These shoes were made for W-A-L-K-ing, and that’s just what Montreal’s Anna Sikorski did on day one of the Face Off, donning the actual heels worn by actor Madison McAleer in Anna’s endearing, coming-of-age film W-A-L-K. If Anna is nervous about facing the judges, we definitely can’t tell. Here she strikes a pose in the hair and makeup room right before hitting the set.

Catch the stompers in action when W-A-L-K airs alongside Emily (Joshua Demers) and The Toll (Scott Simpson) in the Short Film Face Off premiere this Saturday.

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We get into show biz for the glory but we stay for the craft services, amirite? The green room is well stocked but not even Maynards can compete with James McLellan’s Period Piece, a clever homage to filmmaking with a twist that had us gasping and laughing in one breath.

From Manitoba, James shares the stage with Quebec’s Allison Coon-Come (Eddie) and Newfoundland’s Martine Blue (Me2) in episode two on September 19.

This year, Short Film Face Off production took place in the new CBC Halifax complex, a space that used to be a Hudson’s Bay store. Here, Steve pokes fun at some vintage-looking equipment found in the otherwise shiny new facility.

It’s all shorts and giggles until the gloves come off and the elbows go up. Amid the CBC IMG_6005Atlantic News teleprompters, Yukon’s Nina Reed (Nervous Poo), Toronto’s Patrick Hagarty (The Golden Ticket) and Winnipeg’s BJ Verot (Loss of Contact) get duly acquainted before hitting the studio to tape episode three, airing September 26.

We promise no directors were harmed in the making of this show; but only three will advance to the final round. Tune in each week to find out who makes it—and then it’s YOUR turn to vote for the winner! You have 24 hours to cast your vote online or by phone after episode three airs on September 26. And with $45,000 in cash and services up for grabs, this just might be the most important ballot you cast all fall.

Follow @cbcshortfilm on Twitter and like our Facebook page for many more behind the scenes reveals. Watch all the films and episodes, starting this Saturday, on CBC Television or online at cbc.ca/shortfilmfaceoff.

Ed note: All photos and videos provided by kind courtesy of Katy Swailes/ CBC Short Film Face Off

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