What Is a Short Film and Why Has Its Popularity Grown So Much

Some time ago almost nobody was interested in the short films, but over the years the audiovisual world has been modernized and more attention is paid to this type of audiovisual productions.

In fact, today they represent a “boom” in film festivals and are increasingly adding more and more followers.

But what is a short film and how film production companies can do? , What are its characteristics? And why has its popularity grown so much? Keep reading this article and you will find out.

Learn what a short film is

A short film is a short-lived audiovisual production that -in general- addresses novel topics in a clear and precise way.

The genres that cover these video productions are very varied; can be childish, fiction, drama, documentary … And in terms of its duration we must tell you that they range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

One of the main characteristics of this type of audiovisual is that they are made with little budget. This explains in large part why they cover almost any genre and why they are not so commercial.

Of course, short films are often quite creative and are easier to disseminate, because you can use many online video platforms for people to see.

Characteristics of a short film

Next we are going to list the characteristics that the short films have:

It does not take a lot of money to make a short film.

To classify them you can appeal to their plot, their origin or to the techniques that were used for their elaboration.

  • They have a beginning, a plot and an end.
  • They tell a story in a short and concise way.
  • The characters that participate in the production have a specific function within the story.
  • The places where they develop are of great importance.
  • They touch topics out of the ordinary or of interest.
  • You can record in many different formats.
  • They are ideal to enter the film world.
  • They do not exceed 30 minutes (to exceed this time would be a feature film).

Types of short films

This is one of the most interesting topics of the short films because they can be cataloged according to their origin, plot, type of content and even the target audience. Let’s see.


If we classify them taking into account their origin or precedence, we can speak of European short films (Spanish, French, German …), Latin American (Mexican, Argentine, Venezuelan, Peruvian, etc.), African and Asian.


If you speak with an expert in short films it is possible that he catalogs them according to his plot: dramatic, comic, historical, biographical, educational, religious, horror and suspense, even feminist. Sure, there are many more categories.

Content or techniques

To define a type of short film can also be classified in different ways depending on its content or the techniques that were applied for its creation. For example: documentary, fiction, animated…


There are those who differentiate these audiovisual productions by labeling them as short films for children, adolescents, adults, university students, mute…

Do we tell you a secret? There are short films that combine certain elements of some categories that we mentioned. And to give them a name we could call they mixed short films.

We have arrived at the end of this article, we hope it has helped you to know more about this type of audiovisual content, which without a good video post-production work would not have the necessary repercussion.


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