by Mike Jones
Asserting itself as a new distribution company, Shortmovies.com announced
the launch of a website to sell short films. For $12.95, interested
audiences will be mailed a VHS tape of one short film of their choosing.
Stills, descriptions, and credits are listed within different categories
such as Drama, Comedy, or Animation and include films such as "Udder Buddy"
by Arthur Borman ("...And God Spoke") and Alan Haft's "Johnny 99" starring
Kurtwood Smith. Believing short films do have a U.S. audience (only NTSC
tapes are available), filmmaker Andy Hudson started Shortmovies.com with a
handful of films, including a few of his own that make up the entire
Compilations category. Currently, there are 14 titles to choose from; new
titles will be added through open submissions. The company asks for the
non-exclusive right to sell the videos only over the internet and takes
care of the costs of dubs and shipping. The filmmaker gets a percentage of
the sale of their film.
Hudson told indieWIRE that Shortmovies.com will rely on the internet to get
the word out. "In the future, we'll be looking for exposure at festivals,
in trade publications, and possibly taking part in local screenings of
short films to both bolster the awareness of short films in general, and
SHORTMOVIES.COM specifically. "
[For more information, including submission information, go to the
Shortmovies.com website @