This Chicago Filmmaker is a Rising Star and How Shorts Are Saving the Oscars

Hey, what’s up itsashort.com fam! We hope your 2020 is off to a great start and you’re sticking to those resolutions. One of our resolutions is to spotlight the kickass filmmakers on our awesome platform. Yay! The first artist we…

Sundance 2020 Short Films Announced

Now if you’ve ever considered submitting your short film to Sundance, here’s a metric to consider: Less than one percent. Those were the odds of getting a short film accepted into one of the world’s most prestigious cinematic showcases. Last…

Still Going Strong at 23, FirstGlance Film Fest Flourishes.

When the FirstGlance Film Festival launched in Philadelphia this month, the long-running event reached its “Jordan year.” It officially entered year 23, the same jersey number worn by iconic basketball player Michael Jordan. Like that singular athlete, the FirstGlance Film…

Collected Voices Film Festival Comes to the University of Chicago

Seven peacebuilders travel to an African country grappling with a history of genocide. A man sets up a 26-foot, 200-pound chessboard in downtown Chicago, inviting all comers to compete. A stunning piece of cinema verité highlights the raw and heartening…

South By Southwest Short Films

Film festivals are a great way for a new director to rack up some fame and build a fan base. South By Southwest (SXSW) is one of the larger media festivals in the world, and is even better than most…

What’s Up?! 2019. Oscars so Human

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no…

What’s Up?! Calvin’s Story! Collected Voices

  Homeless Teens? Seriously, this is an issue? Calvin’s story is the story of survival and success of a young man, who is homeless, gay and was rejected by his family. Join us for the itsashort.com online premiere September 11,…

What’s Up!!? Short Film at Sundance!

Sundance Film festival Kicks off this week! Who is going to Park City? itsashort.com will be there! The shorts programs will be amazing. There are nine separate tracks: tickets are tough to get. Two of the top ten features that…

What’s Up!? Star Wars and Short Film

Star Wars The Last Jedi opens this week. Spoiler Alert…maybe, it is afterall the movies…but Luke Skywalker bids checks out in a fitting tribute to the power of ‘the force’. But how can we forget that this time last year…

What’s Up?! itsashort and Sundance

The long awaited list of Shorts for the Sundance Film Festival is released!There are 66 shorts this year and they fall into four distinct categories: US Narrative, International Narrative, Animation and Documentary. The US shorts seem to all deal with…