Cameo Launch is an online review platform that curates and highlights the best short films online.
We utilise our multiple avenues of reviews, interviews, podcasts and social media to direct our audience to exceptional short films and remove the “choice paralysis” from online users looking for a solid recommendation for short form content.
Our platform aims to draw attention to the creators of the films that we review and recommend. This means our content includes interviews with filmmakers such as special episodes of the Cameo Launch Short Film Podcast entitled In The Green Room, as well as appearing on our new Filmmaker’s Choice segment in which filmmakers discuss other people’s short films that have made an impact on them.
Ultimately, each new month is an opportunity for filmmakers to have their work displayed and highlighted alongside the best films and filmmakers on the short film landscape.
SHORT FILM SHOWCASE - Best Short Films Online
Each month we select short films that receive a video review from a member of the Cameo Launch team and are included in our list of recommended short films on the Cameo Launch Short Film Podcast. The reviews of the selected films appear as featured content on the Cameo Launch site. Films are also embedded on our Cameo Launch Short Film Cinema page from their host platforms, where viewers can view it alongside other selected top-class short films.
Additionally, we invite the filmmakers of the selected films to appear on an In The Green Room edition of our podcast, in which they can share details of their film with our listeners. As well as this being a special edition of our podcast, it is also presented as featured video content on our site, including on the Short Film Cinema page with our social media promotions driving audiences to the film and to our profile of the filmmakers.
SHORT FILM CINEMA - Best Short Films on the Festival Circuit
Cameo Launch Short Film Cinema is a brand-new VOD service extending from our short film review platform. Joining our reviews, interviews and podcasts, Cameo Launch Short Film Cinema offers the opportunity for filmmakers to open up their short films to global audiences while still on the film festival circuit.
Filmmakers can have their work included in a line-up of premium content showing the very best of what short film has to offer. The short films accepted to this platform are available for a month and users can access them via a three-day rental or by subscribing to our cinema in order to access the entirety of our line up at any time.
Films can also include additional bonus videos including ‘making of’ videos, trailers, interviews or any other bonus content that the filmmaker sees fit to provide. Cameo Launch also utilises this space to present interviews with the filmmakers whose films appear in the cinema.
Accepted films are licensed on a monthly basis with fees being paid directly to the filmmaker/rights holder. The filmmaker/rights holder also collects half of the revenue collected from the individual purchases of the three-day rentals.
Short films selected for our showcase will be eligible to receive the following awards and benefits:
- "Official Selection" Certificate and laurels for the selected film.
- Presentation of the accepted film as a Featured Short via a full review write up accompanied by social media promotion
- If the accepted film is currently on the film festival circuit and not available for general online viewing (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) it will be featured as a 'Watchlist' review, which tells our users which films on the festival circuit to watch out for. Please specify in your submission if this applies to your film
- Invitation to key members of the filmmaking team to appear on the Cameo Launch Short Film Podcast
- Inclusion in the overall promotions of the Cameo Launch platform including the podcast, newsletter and social media
Films can be up to 30 minutes long (although films of 15 minutes or less are preferred).
Submitted films can be up to 3 years old, however if the submitted film is currently on the film festival circuit and you are aiming for it to receive a 'Watchlist' review, the film cannot be more than 1 year old. Ages are counted from the end of principle photography.
Country of Origin:
Submitted films may originate from any country in the world.
Cameo Launch is an English-speaking platform, as such all submitted films must either be in the English language or contain English subtitles.
Submitted films may have distribution in place, in which case submissions must be made by the distribution rights holder or with the distribution rights holder's consent. Cameo Launch reserves the right to ask for proof of such consent at any time.
Any films submitted for any category must have all rights cleared including the use of any licensed footage or music. By submitting your film, you are declaring that you possess such rights and Cameo Launch will not bear responsibility for the violations of any copyright agreements, should these rights not be cleared prior to submission.
What We Are Looking For:
This festival is a platform for narrative filmmaking and includes all genres with the exception of promotional videos, music videos, experimental films that do not contain a clear narrative and trailers for films not appearing in the showcase.
We absolutely exclude any racist, sexist, homophobic, religiously or culturally prejudicial, pornographic or obscene content.
Cameo Launch has no requirement that your film have premiere status, nor does Cameo Launch require exclusive rights to the film. Preference will be given to films seeking to premiere on the Cameo Launch platform, so please inform us if you intend to submit your film on this basis.
The fees charged for submissions are for your film to be considered. This does not guarantee that your film will be accepted or presented on the Cameo Launch platform. As such, we do not operate a refund policy so please be 100% certain you wish to submit your film before doing so.
Cameo Launch reserves the right to display your film in whole or in part on its website, social media or newsletter for the purposes of exhibition and promotion. This will include the use of promotional materials provided by the content owner. Cameo Launch reserves the right to retain the film as part of its content for the duration of the exhibition period of the season of this festival that it is accepted for, but following this period, the content owner is free to request the removal of their film from the Cameo Launch platform.
Cameo Launch will be credit the author and key cast and crew of the selected film as part of the review in which the film is presented.
If your film is accepted, Cameo Launch will require a link and embed code for your film, enabling it to be included in our review and played in full HD (1920x1080) or higher. Cameo Launch will also require accompanying materials such as a poster in jpeg or png format (recommended image size 1994 x 2880 px), cast & crew list, synopsis, any available promotion and production stills). Cameo Launch may include the embedded film in its promotions, including online newsletters and social media.