These Sundance Films Have Our Attention, Plus A COVID-19 Short

Sundance, one of the signature film festivals of the season, is a full go, and here are the raw numbers: 71 features, 50 shorts, four indie series, and 14 “New Frontier” projects for the 2021 event, which goes from January…

FirstGlance Film Panels Rocked, Best Political Shorts, and RBG’s Bag Swag

Hey, y’all! Happy Thanksgiving! We wish you a happy and healthy one! Here’s the latest buzz with us and the short film genre. The 23rd Annual FirstGlance Film Festival was a scream – literally! And trust us, that’s a good…

The Academy Museum Tabs Jacqueline Stewart and Stunning Fall Film Festivals

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures recently named Chicago film scholar Jacqueline Stewart as its chief artistic and programming officer, a widely celebrated move for the venerable institution. “Jacqueline’s background as an educator, programmer, archivist, author, and scholar, along with…

Virtual GeekFest Film Festival Launches July 30 on Itsashort.com

In early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was bringing the film industry to its knees, Bill Ostroff had to make a crucial decision about his GeekFest Film Festival: Hold out hope he would be able to tour his festival at…

These Uplifting Films Are What You Need Amid the Coronavirus Madness

If you’re like us, you’re probably searching for something, anything to keep from succumbing to the dread and uncertainty over the Covid-19 pandemic. We don’t blame you. In these scary times, you seek those dapples of light – something, anything…

How this Actress Confronted Personal Tragedy in Her Directorial Debut

Women’s History Month is here, and we are pumped to celebrate the awesome woman filmmakers on our platform. There is one we have been itching to tell you about. Here’s her story: In the realm of film, there aren’t many…

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…