Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution Paperback – February 28, 2008
Windows 10 For Dummies Video Training
Get up to speed with Windows 10 with this video training course from For Dummies. Learn more.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"If you are a filmmaker with an interest in making short films you need to read Swimming Upstream. With refreshing candor, Sharon Badal has written a unique book that is a wealth of information and true-life inspiration."
-Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder, Tribeca Film Festival
Forget everything you thought you knew about short films--this book is the real deal!
Brimming over with the collective wit, wisdom, and insights of the most important players in the world of short films, Sharon Badal's Swimming Upstream tells you everything you need to know about the making and marketing of short films, from original concept to international sales. In equal measures entertaining and essential, It should be required reading for anyone engaged in the art and business of short films.
--Darryl Macdonald, Executive Director, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films
About the Author
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more
Top Customer Reviews
My copy has blue post-it notes on practically every chapter.
I have been referring to it, as I finally begin to navigate the waters of getting my own short film out there and seen. There are so many gold nuggets in each chapter, specifically the section on marketing, tag-lines & festival strategies. Sharon Badal keeps it personal by adding her own practical "helpful hints" in each category.
She also sheds a bright light into what is sometimes considered the hazy labyrinth of the film festival circuit, by including essays & conversations with the filmmakers, programmers and distributors themselves. These essays & interviews are incredibly insightful, and often very funny--and so make for a terrific read.
I can't wait to use the tools I found in this guide to start my festival strategies. Thank you, Sharon Badal for taking what is often presented as a dry topic, and making it fun and definitely user friendly. An incredible resource.
Sharon Badal has compiled an amazing group of people who are responsible for programming, discovering, and creating some of the best and most original shorts in the world. As a filmmaker, it is also very inspiring to read about the humble, passionate beginnings of filmmakers like Peter Sollett and Ryan Fleck/Anna Boden, and how their short films opened the doors for their feature films.
This book is a must-read for anyone trying to break in with their short film!
Whilst there are plenty of interesting interviews, anecdotes and sound advice, the book is not laid out in a manner that makes it easy to return to as a reference guide by those about to embark on the short film distribution journey.
Even though technology and the world of media seems to be in perpetual flux, Swimming Upstream remains relevant. The book's tone is informative, but informal. Supportive and encouraging, but pragmatic. Short filmmaking has only increased in the years since this book's publication, and the insights from the leaders of the industry are still spot on. This is hard-earned wisdom from the very people who shape the world of short films, people who have devoted their careers to short films, who have been the programmers and distributors of short films for the past several years and, no doubt, will be the decision makers watching your film. Before you apply to any festival, read this book first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being a complete novice to the industry, I found that Swimming Upstream made filmmaking an achievable feat for me. Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by AlexJaye
Swimming Upstream is filled with tremendous insights not only from the author, but also several other contributors. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Brett
As a film maker from Dublin Ireland I found this book to be extremely relevant as an international go to lifesaver! Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Lorraine Hew
There are tons of books out there about how to make a film, but not enough that explain the process of putting your film out there to mainstream audiences. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by Undertone
"Swimming Upstream" gives such great insight into the world of short films, I feel like I now can navigate my own path to any festival and/or any distributor- granted they like my... Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by Marika Litz
I had the honor of both taking a class with Sharon Badal and playing the Tribeca Film Festival with a short film a few years later. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by M. Manson
The author, Sharon Badal has brought her years of experience in the film industry with the experiences of numerous key people in the world of short film distribution. Read morePublished on July 3, 2009 by Kathryn A. Miller
This book is an essential read for students, filmmakers, anyone interested in (short) film distribution. Read morePublished on May 17, 2009 by Big X