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Sun Media Film Critic LIZ BRAUN did an outstanding job moderating this month's WILDsound Film Festival. She added a lot of insight from a Critic's point of view and was really impressed with the talent filled short film program.
One of the underlying themes for this month's event was Social Commentary using Satire or Drama of the current world we live in. There was a wide assortment of films from all over the world in this month's event telling intelligible and emotionally effective stories.
The comments that kept coming back from the audience throughout the night about short film-making in general were two main points that most of the films screened didn't do, which was why they were selected:
1) There should never be a lapse moment in a short film. Every second counts. And usually a main problem with many shorts is that they are too long and they need to be edited down. There's a lot of greatness in many shorts but there is too much dullness in between the magic. People seem to be either too close to their material or have a hard time cutting their baby.
2) Many short films have too many themes going on and/or the theme is too large for the short film medium. The cliche line of 'Keep it simple stupid' should be reminded when people try to tell grand epics. The more simple the story, the more grand your message comes across. Entertain the audience first and then your theme will be present.
WILDsound would like to thank John Johnson for editing the film festival videos.