The Smalls, the web community founded to help kickstart short-filmmakers' careers, is being re-launched after finding private investment.
The Smalls is rebuilding and expanding its site to offer a basic and pro membership service to filmmakers. The web community was created by creativeagency devilfish in 2006 to provide a meeting place for brands creating high-quality content, talent-seekers and the creative filmmaking community.
Announcing the expansion today at Sheffield Doc/Fest, The Smalls' non exec director and former Current md Jane Mote (pictured) explains the site fills in a missing link between talented filmmakers and the professional and commercial world.
"There are not enough places for new filmmakers and new voices to make a breakthrough especially since the demise of channels like Current. The Smalls will be a vital nursery slope for filmmakers who are finding it hard to be noticed by helping to connect them to broadcasters, brands and each other in a unique way. "
Kate Tancred, managing director, The Smalls, commented, "We see ourselves as a Vimeo meets LinkedinIn where the community is intimate enough to feel connected and to offer exciting commercial opportunities to. To date The Smalls has strived to create a community that facilitates mutually beneficial relationships between brands, talent seekers and the filmmakers themselves."
The Smalls re-launches with two levels of membership. The free 'Basic' membership offers HD video upload and streaming and allows filmmakers to create a professional profile. Filmmakers who want unlimited film storage, as well as information when to pitch for projects and enter contests, can upgrade to the 'Pro' membership.
During the second phase of the re-launch, The Smalls will open up a production hub to help support and launch new films, as well as a pitch room where Patron members (brands) can invite filmmakers into creative collaborations.
The site already has over 6,000 members and it aims to more than double that by the end of this year.