Short films don’t get the recognition they deserve. Given the amount of time we spend watching YouTube videos our aunt shares on Facebook, you’d think we’d be all about celebrating the power of these bite-sized films. Indeed, every time you hear about film festivals, you’re bound to hear a lot about the features and very little about their shorter brethren. Not so in the case of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM). Just like last year, the Mexican fest is making their shorts program available to anyone with an internet connection.
The hope is to showcase the work of the many talented filmmakers who earned a slot in the FICM program and to engage a wider audience in the process of voting — which is so often restricted to select juries. Yes, not only will you be able to view all 34 short films which are playing in the Michoacán capital, but you’ll be able to vote for whoever you think deserves the Online Mexican Short Film Award. Feel free to catch the films over on YouTube but be sure to cast your vote on the fest’s site (views, likes, and shares, won’t be counted towards the final tally). Considering there’s everything from inventive animated pics and family dramedies to black and white romantic stories and sci-fi flicks to choose from, you’re bound to find something that you think deserves the prize.
Click here to check out the films and cast your vote. Voting will close on Friday, October 28, but the shorts will remain available for streaming until Sunday, November 13, 2016.