The great thing about Sofy.tv is that its catalog grows faster than you can watch all the new movies they keep adding. It’s safe to say that we short film fans love Sofy.tv.
Since its launch during this year’s Cannes Film Festival, I for one have been avidly watching many of the latest releases. Their catalog now exceeds 250 great short films, many of which are award-winning shorts.
A few of my personal favorites include Blue Peter, directed by Marko Šantić (Croatia, 2016) and Sami Arpa’s The Escape (Switzerland, 2015). Both are well-loved films that feature among the site’s most popular short movies.
Just In Case You Haven’t Joined The Sofy.tv Revolution
If you are reading this, but don’t know what Sofy.tv is all about, then the next few paragraphs might just change your life.
A few years ago, a group of passionate film lovers and filmmakers got together and came up with the idea of creating a dedicated short film platform. There were a number of reasons why this was such an important event for short films.
- Short Films Just Weren’t Getting Seen
It is no secret that the short film industry has been in dire straits for decades. In a seemingly unending downwards spiral, short films were struggling to be made at all, before being completed only to be unable to get any distribution whatsoever. This meant simply that audiences were not able to see these films.
The only way around this problem was to bring short movies right into the homes of people everywhere. Thanks to the internet, and the advent of the live streaming platform, it was now possible to do just that.
- Filmmakers Weren’t Getting Paid
If you can’t get audiences to pay to see your films, then you are never going to make any money from them. Without the distribution channels to make this happen, it was impossible for short filmmakers to be able to monetize their films. So begins the vicious cycle where filmmakers can’t earn money from their films, so no one will finance their next one.
Into The Ring Steps Sofy.tv
The genius of Sofy.tv is that in one blow, it solves both these problems.
It allows short movie lovers to easily access hordes of top-quality short films at an extremely reasonable price. Not only that, but its great user interface and search engine make finding the moves you love best as easy as sitting there and watching them.
The second thing Sofy.tv does is to financially reward short filmmakers when people watch their films. Depending on whether a person is a subscription member or a pay as you watch customers, the makers of the film get a cut of the money.
All this means that not only are short films finally getting seen but that their makers are also getting much-needed profits that they can then use to help fund their next movie.
Sofy.tv truly is a win-win platform for everyone.
What’s New On Sofy.tv This Week?
For The Time Being – Germany (2017)
by Daniela Lucato
This is a touching film about a man who is trying to cope with alcoholism and economic hardship. After meeting Mel, Roman begins to examine what he would really like to change about his life.
Zu Zahm! – Germany (2017)
by Rebecca Blöcher
This beautifully animated short film follows seven characters who are stuck inside a box. The film brilliantly dissects their psyches through examining their personal routines. The film challenges viewers to draw their own conclusions into the minds of these seven people.
Eclipse– United States (1996)
by Jason Ruscio
Director Jason Ruscio explores a theme central to the human experience of loneliness. The film follows a single child who finds himself completely alone exploring a stunning landscape.
True Blue – Greece (2016)
by Haris Raftogiannis
As Greece begins to collapse, Baby Girl and Stamatis, a young Greek-American couple find themselves enjoying life to the full on the little island of Ikaria. The island is famous as being a place where people never seem to die.
Sunburned – Iran (2012)
by Bahman Ark & Bahman Ark
The story of a man who is growing sunflowers. Beautifully shot in a remote Iranian village, the film examines the solitary existence of a man who has a closer than normal relationship with these plants.
The Girl In The Dress – United Kingdom (2016)
by Natalie Malla
This lighthearted comedy by Natalie Malla is a great watch. Emily is about to get married, something she has dreamt about all her life. As the special moment approaches, she begins to have doubts. Then she meets Rob, a street artist who takes the guise of King Henry VIII. Emily takes this as a bad omen as the real-life Henry VIII famously had six wives, two of whom he had beheaded.
The question is will Emily go through with the marriage?
Killing Thyme – United Kingdom (2015)
by M J McMahon
Passionate about gardening, a young boy, Sam, has nowhere to grow his plants. He dreams of getting his own allotment in the city. One day he meets Norman, a depressive character who has his own unused allotment.
Sam devises an answer to both their problems, one he hopes will give Norman a new burst of life.
Impression-xps160 – Iran (2013)
by Tiyam Yabandeh Jahroumi
The second post-apocalyptic movie on this list, the strange titled Impression-xps160 is the story of a blind photographer who finds himself living in a dark room.
Like Father – United States (2016)
by Siavash Shahabi
The touching tale of a melancholic man who visits a funfair. Rather than finding happiness, he ends up in trouble.
by Bethany Jacobson
Seeking a place of refuge, an unsuccessful comedian finds herself in the room of a young trumpet player in the evocatively named Hotel Bleu.
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