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31 October 2013

Shortcut Film Night

Inspired by Global Short Film Network's ministry, Shortcut exists to bring people in Bratislava together for a relaxed evening of spending time with friends, meeting new people, watching thought-provoking short films, and having discussions that lead to considering life's deep issues.

For instance, here was one that we watched on October 24th. This French short film "Carn" deals with topics like sacrifice and betrayal. Warning: it's a tad graphic.

This was our third event in Bratislava's Obývačka Cafe. We reserve the part of the top floor with a projector. The atmosphere is perfect for this sort of event. Here's a video clip to give you a feel for the evening.

Along with Facebook events, posters are used to help promote the event. Here was the latest such poster.

Overall, there seems to be a growing interest among people in being a part of these events. Last week, one of the attenders told me that we need to do this more often as he couldn't wait another two months for such an event.

We continue to make changes each time in order to make things as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Hands down, this last event was the best. Clearly, having good movies is crucial. A team of three watches upwards of 100 short films to find ones that are high quality and will intrigue the viewer. They tend to be subjective so that people can draw their own conclusions. Once the films are chosen, we come up with 5 - 10 questions that will help lead the discussion. 

Here, watch Bet She'an, and I'll include the questions we used for the event below it to give you an idea. We try to make the questions move from general observation to personal application.

1) What was happening to all the people? Why was it happening? 

2) What was this man sculpting? Why? 

3) How will people in the future remember our generation? What sculpture or artwork would best illustrate this? 

4) How are we adapting to our changing society? For better? For worse? 

5) Have you ever fought to hold onto something that you saw others leaving behind? 

6) If you, after death, could be remembered for one thing, what would it be? What would you want to leave to represent that?

If you'd like to start a short film discussion event in your city, don't hesitate to contact me. Below are some pictures from our latest event.