You can grab your popcorn bowl now, because after reading this post and knowing about Shortfundly you will straightaway head to their website and start watching short movies across genre. Based out of Chennai, Shortfundly was founded by Selvam(Founder) and Maharajan(Co-founder) in October 2014. Being short filmmakers them selves, they were faced with the problem of reaching out to the audiences. These techies took this as an opportunity to build a platform for young talent who do not have access to a lot of funds to showcase their directorial and acting talent to audience worldwide.
Maharajan holds a MCA degree from Hindusthan Institute of Technology (Anna University), Coimbatore and has been working in various organizations, Infosys being one of them. Selvam holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from SIMS, Pune. Apart from the two founders the team has four people Nesamani (UI/UX), Venkat (QA), Murali (Geek) and Kumaran (UI). Their startup Shortfundly, is an online video platform that brings a vast collection of short films for short film lovers around the globe. Users can search, save, share and watch their favorite short films. Shortfundly, is helping short film makers’ work get more views and also ratings and feedback from registered users.
While talking to us about their startup, Selvam says –
“What makes Shortfundly unique are these features, it is a Linkedin of sorts for shortfilm makers, it is a dedicated short film video discovery platform and a crowdfunding platform for shortfilm makers. This portal will also use its contacts to promote the films in the short film festival circuit.”
Shortfilm makers can connect to each other, share feedback, appreciate each others work on the platform. The rating, reviews and feedback have helped short film makers get idea about their positive aspects and also where they need to improve. Shortfundly also serves as a platform for creative souls to look for inspirational short-films and also helps them connect with short film experts. Being dedicated only to short films it cuts out the noise.
The online short film sharing portal has a collection of over 22,000 short films from categories like Action, Animation, Biography / Documentary, Children, Comedy, Crime, Education, Emotional, Experimental, Historical, Horror, Romance, Silent, Suspense, Sports, Science Fiction and Spoof. The featured short films are in various languages like Tamil, Malayalam, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Telugu, Urdu and English. The platform has recorded around 6,00,000 unique video views till now.
Talking about their future plans Selvam says:
“We are planning to launch shortfilm festival through our brand. We will organize the world’s shortfilm media content information and make it universally accessible and useful. We will help shortfilm makers in crowdfunding. We are planning to expand globally as well”
Shortfundly has been able to project itself as a one stop shop for all short film enthusiasts, with the right content and seriousness. It will be interesting to see how it attracts the right contacts and innovates to establish its own brand value.