London | Future Shorts & Secret Cinema
Makers and lovers of all things film have a new way to appreciate the medium, thanks to FabiEn Riggall. After witnessing first-hand the waning affluence of the independent film industry, Fabien Riggall decided to take action. Launching Future Shorts in 2003, Riggall shifted the emphasis of an entire industry in one fell swoop, working a pipe-dream into an ever-evolving, organic enterprise that would become the world’s largest short film network. As a cutting-edge short film label and festival, Future Shorts provides filmmakers with a much-needed platform to showcase their work to the wider world. “Before we launched Future Shorts, short film was only really shown in one sort of way,” says Riggall. “I was seeing a lot of films that were extremely powerful in their own right but that weren’t getting out there in the world.
Something had to be done to bring these films to a wider audience and over the years that has always been our primary objective.” Seven years on, Riggall continues to push boundaries and set precedents, honing his passion through an array of unique initiatives and events aimed at enriching the global film community. It’s that community – filmmakers and audiences from every walk of life – which Riggall asserts remain at the centre of everything he does. “Future Shorts began as an uncompromising vision, not just as an arena for short films from all over the world, but as a social event that would bring a diverse range of people together to talk about these films.”
Published on Jun 25, 2010