Joonas Makkonen (Finland) - his short film e Escort won Daazo’s Impossible Film Contest in 2012. Joonas has directed over 20 short films to date and won numerous prizes all over Europe. For me, making short films has been a very natural way to do fiction. My goal has always been to become a fiction filmmaker, and to be as good a film director and film writer as possible. Short films have been a very natural way for me to keep on filming. ey say that doing is learning, and I'd say I’ve become a better filmmaker aer writing and directing 20+ short films. I love short film as a film form. Making short films is a great way to get the routines in filmmaking, to gain more experience and skills. I found my style as a director/writer while I wrote and directed my shorts. I have also been thinking a lot about my life as a filmmaker. If I hadn't discovered the magic of films, I think I would be quite a depressed person today. I believe that every person needs their "own thing" to make life more meaningful. Filmmaking has been my thing for a long time.
Dawn Westlake (USA) - her 15 short films have won over 40 prizes worldwide. I made my first short, Mini Driver Project, in 2000, and I never looked back. I absolutely fell in love with the art form. e short presents tremendous challenges (having to write, shoot and edit with extreme precision and eﬃcacy), but also great rewards. Working at a low budget, you can get out a “pure” message. You usually don’t have studios or money-people red-lining your story or interfering in the way in which you want to tell it. ere’s great creative freedom in shorts! My favourite quote about the short form comes from my friend James Tjekisa Hall, the director of the Gold Lion Film Fest in Manzini, Swaziland: “A short film is to a feature film what a short story is to a novel – a self-contained artistic unit with its own purpose and integrity. ‘Short’ refers to length, not value or impact.”
Toma Waszarow (Bulgaria) - his latest short film Noon has participated in over a dozen festivals worldwide. I naively believe in my personal conspiracy theory that says that the short film, as a form, was unfairly kicked away by the cruel industry into a small corner where it exists only for a small audience. These days, platforms like Daazo have started to form another kind of audience that is ready to accept a pack of shorts in the theatre and to pay the same amount of money as for a feature. On the other hand when I need to make a film, I always do it for a special reason - to translate something important to the language of cinema. From that point of view, my important things usually can be told in a few minutes and I don't need more.
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World of Shorts (WOSH), the magazine published by Daazo.