How many people do you know who don’t subscribe to a streaming platform, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, etc? I’m willing to bet that number is pretty low. Not only that, but how many people are dropping basic cable all together and only subscribe to streaming platforms? That number is quickly growing, and it is far from surprising. Streaming platforms are far more affordable, lack those pesky, ever-growing commercial breaks, and have such a wide variety of films and shows that there truly is something for everyone. But there is something that all of these platforms seem to forget about: short films.
There has always been a major problem for both filmmakers and audiences when it comes to short films, and the main reason is simple: distribution. You can’t exactly walk into your local movie store and pick up that new short film you want to see. And don’t get me wrong, you can always upload your short to YouTube, but posting and distributing are two very different things. With a lack of distribution options, shorts mainly get funded by either donations/grants, or filmmakers paying out of pocket, with no way to make the money back. But things might soon be changing, and that’s all thanks to Sofy.tv.
Sofy.tv is a new online viewing platform which launches today, May 28th, 2018. Co-founded by short filmmakers Sami Arpa and Vassilis Kalofolias, Sofy.tv is entirely devoted to short films, AKA any film with a run-time of under 40 minutes. Yes, you read that right. Whether it’s 5 minutes or half an hour in length, there is now a streaming platform that exists specifically for short films. How amazing is that?
Arpa and Kalofolias have worked together with Professor Sabine Süsstrunk to create an innovate and user-friendly site, which has gone through years of development from EPFL. The site already has a collection of over 200 short films, and will be adding at least 10 films to their catalog every single week. And these short films are coming from all over the world! As for the cost, that’s even better. Complete with a 30-day free trial, Sofy.tv only costs $5.99 per month! Or, if you prefer, the site also offers a pay per view option, at only $1.99 per film.
To say that this is a game-changer for the film industry is an understatement. Thanks to Sofy.tv, short films will be more accessible than ever before. Viewers have the ability to watch the shorts they’ve been longing to see, but more than that, filmmakers have the ability to submit their shorts. This platform has the potential to change the industry and environment for short filmmakers completely. This is definitely something you’ll want to check out.
Sofy.tv Has Officially Launched. Start Your 30 Day Free Trial By Visiting Their Website Here.