A short film is any motion picture not long enough in running time to be considered a feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as “an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits
The short answer is that it is typically easier and less expensive to make a short film. But there are a number of additional benefits for making a short film to the filmmaker, the audience, to society, and for studios scouting for good material. Making a short film allows the filmmaker to dive into a subject or story cinematically without investing a lot of time and energy into the project. There is always room to expand it later. But let’s dive deeper into other potential benefits and important impacts that film that are short can make.