I’ve reached the final day of Newport Beach Film Festival. I’ve managed to take in a load of films, but there are a whole lot more I could get to.
Filmmakers often bring us the things we may read about in the news in a very personal manner. That is the case for all the films nominated for Best Short Documentary. Three of the films cover very similar territory but each has a different perspective
Short films tell us stories quickly, and often with greater effect than if we sat through a two hour movie. Those who make shorts may still be students, or accomplished filmmakers.
All the films nominated for Best Live Action Short this year come from Europe. Most deal with the human search for joy, but then some deal with some of the darker sides of life. All tell their stories with skill and brevity.
Questions of faith and loss of faith—and of the lies that are told and crimes that continue to be committed in the name of doing good–all come into play.
The short documentaries often are very personal stories that allow us to see important issues. The nominees this year introduce us to people who have serious struggles yet have managed to move beyond the struggles to find some meaning or happiness.
Shorts are the incubators of filmmaking. It is by making short films that the filmmakers of the future learn their craft. Often in that learning process, a filmmaker will make something that is not just a learning exercise, but is a quality product.
Animated films come in a variety of styles. That is certainly the case with the five films nominated in the Oscar category of Best Animated Short. Those films (along with some other animated films to fill out the program) are playing in select theaters to allow people to see these excellent films.