Sundance Institute Shorts Programmer Mike Plante breaks down how he curates the Sundance Festival shorts and what makes a successful film.
- The film, not the filmmaker, is the most important factor in the selection process.
- Knowing the programmer(s) doesn't help your film get selected.
- Don't over-complicate the story in your film.
- The length of a short film should be dictated by the story you’re telling.
- A believable world and authentic, strong performances will always outweigh fancy or complicated technical details.
- Maximize your available resources and don’t try to replicate the feeling of a feature film.
- Successful, emerging filmmakers rely on their own voice by choosing the story only they can tell.