Short-Films Online: How to get your work noticed

Getting your work seen is the preoccupation of most film-makers – particularly for short-films – but three independent directors have found  avenues for promotion on the internet.

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Hilarious story Love Sick is about a young man searching for the ‘girl of his dreams’, written and directed by Kevin Lacey.

Kevin Lacey, has always been interested in making movies from a young age:

“When I was a kid I would take the family camcorder and make terrible ridiculous movies with my brother and sisters”. Some were live-action vignettes about ghosts and goblins and some were stop-motion animation using whatever toys I had on hand at the time”.

– Kevin Lacey

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/JFDAvcwDPTA&#8221; frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>One of his favorite movies as a teenager was You’ve Got Mail, written and directed by Nora Ephron:“On the DVD commentary for the film she spoke about how every romantic comedy needs a ‘running scene’, a scene where a character is almost out of time and must run back to the person they love before it’s ‘too late’. I always liked 
this scene in romantic comedies and thought it might make for a great short”, he explained.

Lacey thinks the online world has become a great way to gain exposure and practice craft with instant feedback: “A lot of people don’t put their short films on YouTube so that they will be eligible for more festivals and things that could be the smart way to go about it”.

Launching his short-films online has put Lacey in contact with a few people: “I hear stories all the time of people plucked from obscurity based on their shorts”. Lacey, is currently a fellow at theAmerican Film Institute Conservatory and is working on a film for his Masters degree entitled Young American. “It’s really fun,” he added, “an emotionally powerful story about two teens that plan a bank robbery”.

He is also raising funds for this very ambitious project at youngamericansfilm.com. Everyone who donates gets their name in the credits!


The Nice Girl, directed by V.K Shah is an engaging, film, about a nice lady with a twist.

Shah, was tired of directing short comedies and decided to look for a new challenge. He tried writing a dramatic short but the scripts would always become a comedy in the end. He then met a writer on Craigslist  -Micael O’ Donnel- who had a couple of great scripts. He shared ‘The Nice Girl’ with him and from there Shah knew he wanted to make it into a short. All of Shah’s short films have done well in film festivals. However, there is only a limited time at festivals, and after a year most festivals won’t accept films. Furthermore, as Shah explains,“Film festivals can get costly – $35 entry fee, DVD, promotional, will add up quickly”. On the other hand, publishing films online takes strategy and requires work. However, it can offer much-needed exposure, as Shah experienced himself: “Once the traditional film festival was done, I started entering online film festivals”.

Shah created a website with the trailer of The Nice Girl. He knew there was an interest in the film. He then published the entire film on several video sharing websites: YouTube, Vimeo and Break.  His goal is to get the film on every video site:“I’m still always looking for new sites to promote the films online”.

After going to a USC film school  he started making short-films. He believes that: “short-films and web series are great promotional pieces for young filmmakers.” He is currently working as an editor in Los Angeles and loves it. The only directing he does is for web series or short-films that are funded. And when his short-films are finished, he is always working to promote them.


The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Lion, directed by Alois Di Leo, is an animation about a young deaf boy growing up in the 1960s who embarks on a journey that changes his life forever.

The Boy Who wanted to be a Lion from SINLOGO on Vimeo.Leo explores different techniques depending on the story – in this film his visuals and colours have been selected to represent the 1960s.He uses the online platform to promote his short films and believes it has helped his career: “I just want to be the best I can be and push myself through every detail, even drawing. I love what I do, and as long as I am making films I am happy”.Leo just wants to share experiences that can result in emotions or new ways of feeling and seeing things, as he believes that: ”there is always an interesting side to all stories”.

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