What sorts of films are exhibited at these sites?
BBC Film Network Different types of films are exhibited at the BBC film network, the site ranges from short film to feature film previews and snippets. Educational videos are also on the website like informational videos and case studies of directors.
Film4 Short Videos This website only has short films exhibited.
LoveFilm This website exhibits Mainly Features.
Mubi I was unable to access this website due to login in restrictions.
BFI Screenonline This website mainly shows short films.
Youtube, Vimeo, FutureShorts, Film4 Short Film, TriggerStreet, Virgin Media Shorts, Mubi, LoveFilm and Atom allow people to submit their work by creating either a channel or a profile on the website. Through that filmmakers can then upload their video content onto the webstie.
BFI and BBC Film Network filmmakers have to create a membership, then they can fill out a submission form with the required information, then the person most send the company their film they want to submit on a DVD or VHS.
What are the benefits to having a film screened on one site as opposed to another?
There are different benefits for each site. If a short film is being screened on the BBC Film Network , Film4 Short Film, BFI, Mubi and Virgin Media Shorts it is more likely to be viewed by a professional filmmaker or company in film.
Vimeo, YouTube, FutureShorts LoveFilm, Atom and TriggerStreet, although websites like Youtube and Vimeo are well-known they would not necessarily get professionals to look at people's short films although they do get more people viewing them everyday on average then the more professional viewing sites.
What is the implication of shorts being offered alongside features for direct download at sites such as MUBI?
The fact that short films are offered alongside feature features for direct download implies that they are as important as each other and that your film may be seen by some professional feature filmmakers or companies
What have you noticed about the structure/style of the sites and their presentation of the material?
I have noticed that each site is different in terms of structure and style.
Sites like Vimeo, Atom, TriggerStreet and Youtube have similar layouts. Featured videos are shown on the home page along with featured channels then there is a search orientated at the top of the page.
The BBC Film Network site has featured videos shown on its home page like the sites mentioned before but instead of channels this website has a list of the most recent uploaded short films. This site also has category choices and related links down the right side on the screen.
The Film4 Short Film website has a film 4 on demand option, which gives the viewer a chance to catch up on missed TV programmes and a large area for the featured videos to be presented.
The Virgin Media Shorts website has a large ad for what could be won if the person votes, then below the short films a listed. Instead of the films that are being featured on the website being at the top, there is a column down the sites right side which states and shows the videos featured.
The LoveFilm website has many features such as options to watch films online, get videos delivered to your home, games, “how it works” , reviews and gifts.
I was unable to access the mubi website due to user restrictions.
The BFI Screenonline website is article based and doesn’t have hardly any films available to watch.
The FutureShorts website has many features such as, watch shorts, home, FS one, social networking links, webshop, programme, blog, event calendar, news archives, submissions, distribution, jobs, about us and contact us.
Evaluate the sites’ effectiveness in terms of the exposure they achieve for the films and their makers, and also in terms of their potential audience.
I personally think that the site that is the most effective in terms of
exposure they achieve for the films and their makers, and also in terms
of their potential audience is Youtube, it has such a large range of
audiences that help it achieve in giving the most exposure and even
though they don’t have any direct connections with professional
filmmakers people have been know to be scouted through Youtube. I
think that the site that is least effective is Mubi although it may be a
great site only users can access it leaving no free options, most people
wont want to join if they have nothing to browse before hand and don’t