Online Distribution for Shorts
October 3 | 6:30 PM
You know what the pandemic hasn’t upended? Online distribution for short-form content.
From the careful curation of Short of the Week to the murky algorithms of YouTube, digital platforms have always been a viable outlet for all kinds of short films, comedy sketches, music videos, and more, festival-run or otherwise.
Join our roundtable of AAIFF filmmaker alums and savvy self-distributors as we explore online premieres, marketing campaigns, and new ways to reach audiences during this unique time.
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Co-Founder of the influential website Short of the Week, for 13 years Jason Sondhi has curated shorts for international audiences on the web, via S/W, and as Vimeo’s Lead Curator from 2011-2016. S/W recently welcomed Oscar-winning producer Michael Sugar, Cary Fukunaga & David Gordon Green as minority investors, and partnered with Netflix on a first-look deal, as the company seeks to grow its mission to provide audience and opportunities to the next generation of innovative visual storytellers.
Maegan Houang is a writer/director based in Los Angeles. She recently finished working on the FX show Shogun and wrote on Season Two of the Starz show Counterpart as a staff writer. Maegan has also directed several acclaimed music videos for artists such as Mitski, Vagabon, Charly Bliss, Chastity Belt and Skylar Spence. Her short film In Full Bloom starring Kieu Chinh (The Joy Luck Club) premiered on Short of the Week.
Nirav Bhakta is an award winning Director/Actor/Writer. While growing up as an undocumented immigrant in motels, Nirav utilized the restraints of his environment and geographical boundaries to create with what he had. Nirav’s background in story telling extends from architecture to the North Indian classical dance form of Kathak. Due to the lack of authentic roles and experiences as an actor, Nirav began creating zero budget short films focusing on the immigrant experience, including a portrait documentary short revolving around an immigrant sex worker who was human trafficked by a drug cartel. In 2019, Nirav and his co-director Gayatri Bajpai were announced as the winners of the HBO Visionaries Short Film Competition for their film HALWA. Nirav currently is in the Academy sponsored Armed With A Camera Fellowship by Visual Communications, as well as the director of the CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge film ‘The Last Of The Stars’.
Gayatri Everitt Bajpai is an award-winning filmmaker based in Vancouver. She developed a passion for storytelling while writing about pop culture and diversity for the Canadian publication, Schema Magazine. She earned her MFA in Film Production at UCLA, where she received the Lynn Weston and Rabbit Bandini Thesis Awards for her final project, a segment of an anthology feature adapted from Actors Anonymous by James Franco and executive-produced by him. She won Directors’ Spotlight Awards for two of her other short films, Housewarming and Muck, and produced a documentary about Francis Ford Coppola’s live cinema project Distant Vision. Gayatri has since won HBO’s 2019 APA Visionaries Contest with the short film Halwa which she co-directed with Nirav Bhakta, and which has gone on to win awards at festivals around the world. She is developing her first feature.
SJ and Woody are two repressed Asian American creators. Listen to them work through their issues on the Emotional Slut podcast (Spotify/Apple), where they divulge their latest emotional outbursts. Speaking on behalf of all 4.5 billion Asians, they chat about sex, racism, immigrant parents, and break down audience-submitted dating disaster stories. Their new music video “Hot Woke Asian” was featured on Vulture, and they talk about han constantly.
“SJ and Woody are the true Asian Saviors.” – Matt Damon