The Sakhalin International Film Festival continues to prepare its program. For the first time, there will be short films in the non-competition program. Two programs devoted to these films are named Short Hit Movies and Echo of the Open Place Short Film Festival.
Short Hit Movies Program includes laureates and participants of the most renowned film festivals focused on short films and holding competition between them, as well as between feature films — Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand, Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam.
Why is this happening? Short films have long been seen not just as the first attempt for students in movie-making. Recently, package films are extremely popular in the world. They are made from several short-length movies united by the same theme and shot by most famous directors. Masters and famous actors also like to deal with short films, because this format lets them show their concept in a compact way, brightly express themselves and experiment.
The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is the oldest film festival in the world that covers films of all kinds (feature, documentary, animation). Essentially, the whole short film industry was seen, analysed, and created thanks to the Oberhausen, where the movies directed by François Ozon, Gus Van Sant, Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Istvan Szabo, Alain Resnais, Werner Herzog, George Lucas, Agnes Varda, Roy Andersson, Aki Kaurismäki participated along with the works of young directors.
The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival on the south of central part of France is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, and it is considered the largest market of short films.
There are two programs devoted to short films on the Cannes Film Festival — Short Films and Cinéfondation representing films made by the students of different cinematography schools of the world.
The Open Place Short Film Festival (August 16 to 21, Rezekne, Latvia) is still forming its program. Open Place is the international short film festival that attracts the most interesting films made in the countries of the Baltic region (Latvia, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Iceland, Finland, Germany, Norway, Denmark). This year they have received about 400 applications for participation in the festival, that is 52 % more than last year. Moreover, this is the first time when filmmakers from non-Baltic countries also announced their wish to participate in the Open Place Festival competition.
Echo of the Open Place Short Film Festival will sound on Sakhalin, as the films of the festival laureates will be gathered in a special program.