Shorts on Tap is a great company. Through their themed screening nights which show a selection of short films, they’re giving Londoners the opportunity to find out more about an art form we might otherwise never really hear much about. After all, they’re not exactly regularly screening shorts at the local multiplex. At least, not where we live. In the spirit of discovering new things, we sat down with Filippo, who started Shorts on Tap, and asked him loads of questions because we have no chill:
How did you get into what you do?
Shorts On Tap started in late 2013 in a small basement venue called Juno, in Shoreditch, East London. I needed a place to screen a sci-fi short of mine called Time&Space and ended up screening 10 works from other filmmakers instead. The demand for more nights was so high I simply kept organising more screenings.
How would you describe your nights?
Our events are quite eclectic: the films take the central stage, of course, but we’ve also got live performances, crowdfunding campaigns, panel discussions, special guests. It all rotates around a central theme which changes from night to night. The vibe is incredibly friendly and relaxed, it definitely facilitates dialogue and great Q&As and discussions after the screenings. We usually keep in touch with most filmmakers we meet at the events: a great platform for networking, too.
How do you choose the films that you show? Why would you recommend your activity?
We constantly accept film submissions and we watch all the films we receive. We then sort the them into different categories and pick the best ones for the screenings. There’s a lot of filtering involved as each night needs a certain balance, a certain ‘colour palette’ to be conveyed. We curate our nights in collaboration with other filmmakers and people from the film industry. Our selection is usually made up of 5 to 7 films per night and the quality of the work presented is breathtaking. The talent out there is incredible and we’d like to give exposure to as many filmmakers as possible. The end result is a top quality event, this is how we’ve built our following and reputation.
Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?
Despite the name of the event ‘Shorts ON TAP’, I hardly ever drink during a screening night.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Meeting creative people, spending time with friends or simply walking and getting lost in the vastness of London. Did I mention watching shorts? 😉
What’s your favourite part of London? Any places you’d recommend there?
I have recently moved to Streatham Hill, this area’s got a great vibe about it: not too pretentious or arty, not too busy or overcrowded, yet full of great cafes, parks and juice bars! A few minutes and you’re in Brixton or Balham or Clapham. It can’t get any better than this. South of the river is THE place to be.
If you could try any experience in the world, what would it be, and why?
I’d go on a road trip across South America.. months travelling, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina.. the places, the faces, the people.. that’d be my #1 experience.
If you can’t wait to get down to a Shorts on Tap event (and, frankly, who could blame you?), their next event is now available to book here. We’ll see you there!