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19 May 2005

Short film distributors

Big Film Shorts

"For Broadcast, Cable, Satellite, DVD & Home Video
Great Short Films from around the World."
A US-based distributor.

Apollo Cinema

"Apollo Cinema is an international distributor of short films of all types and genres. Apollo sells to television stations (broadcast, cable, pay-per-view, and satellite), internet sites, airlines, theaters, military bases, home video and DVD."
Also US-based.

Village Film

"Village srl is an international distribution company specialized in
fiction and animation short films and documentaries."
Based in Rome.

Short Circuit Films

Not strictly a distributor. "Short Circuit Films organises film marketing and distribution seminars; short film programming services and also showcases the work of the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund Digital Shorts Scheme."

Dazzle Films

UK-based distributor set up by Dawn Sharpless. Some of the films that Dazzle represents can be see at:
Atom Films (search for Dumping Elaine, Shelf life, virus) and at the BBC's Film Network (search for 6.06.04, The commuter, Dumping Elaine, The end, Fishy, Le cheval 2.1, Little clumps of hair, Looters, No deposit no return, The silent treatment and Virus.]

Bureau Sales Ltd

"Bureau Sales is an international short film sales agency now in its third year of operation (successor to PD&B Films). Whilst many competitors have come and since gone in this period, we continue to grow and achieve success after success. We have an understanding of not only the short film market, but short filmmakers themselves, that is second to none. Being closely linked with The Short Film Bureau we share the same ethos: putting the interests of the filmmakers first and foremost."

Shorts International

Also known as Brit Shorts. "BRITSHORTS LTD was established in 2000 as the UK’s premiere short film specialists. Since then Britshorts has been involved in the successful marketing, distribution and production of short film. Britshorts are always looking for new ways to develop the short film market to enable and encourage the growth of film making talent around the world. SHORTS INTERNATIONAL is the programming and distribution arm of Britshorts and is headquartered in London with a satellite office in New York."

In the programme for the 2005 Rushes Soho Shots Festival, Felicity Barratt of Shorts International is quoted saying that they are trying to buy up catalogues of short films from all over the world. They have picked up the BFI's back catalogue - a huge number of short films. Barratt also sees a range of new opportunities for distributing short films, including viral and video-on-demand, particularly for mobile phones.

For sales contact hugh AT shortsinternational.com, for acquisitions contact simon AT shortsinternational.com, and for North and South America sales contact susan AT shortsinternational.com

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