There are some TV concepts that seem to no longer be favoured, as the dictation of TV slots rules them out for public viewing. Such are films outside the normal slot of 50 minutes, the flexible TV slots; the future trend doesn’t look bright.

During the recent Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), the Australian public broadcasters ABC and SBS, gave a clear message that they are only looking for doc series. One-off documentaries are hard to schedule, they say.

This gives the filmmakers a very uncertain future since it is in the one-off documentary slots that they have a chance to make their movie. Independent films are an important part of the film industry as it pumps life into the creative standard, along with bringing a new view on things. They enrich the film language, the skills of making a movie.
This is especially true for the short format where the stories are even more compressed because of their length. Short form is intense, to the point, creative and sometimes even stunning.
Kateřina Bartošová

Kateřina Bartošová, the program director of One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague, says, “we feel that a short film has a lot to give, since it has to convince the viewer in a short time. Short films are often made by students and young filmmakers, and are showing innovative approach, which we always appreciate.” Of the 106 films that they selected for the festival program in 2012, one fifth of them were short format. They are screened annually in the special category of Short Films and moreover, short format documentaries make up the Docs for Kids program that is very popular.

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