Back in 2011, Short Com began as a comedy short film programme that showcased some of the funniest short films by independent comedy film making talent, screening in major cities such as Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow, as part of the Glasgow Short Film Festival. Over the years it picked up a strong following and fan base for championing talent often being overlooked. As a not for profit operation, Short Com raised over a thousand pounds for mental health charities such as CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health). After a three year hiatus, Short Com returned to the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh with a brand new programme of short films. Armed with a new impetus the aim of Short Com is aimed at encouraging and harnessing talent based outside of London who wish to forge a career in comedy film making for TV and film. In association with Screen Academy Scotland and Cinetopia, we ran a series of master classes for selected delegates who have shown evidence of making steps in film making and writing.
Short Com was founded by Chris Aitken. It was merely a brain fart that had no idea what direction it was heading in and is pleasantly surprised where it is today. A large part of Short Com’s growth has been down to the kindness and hard work of volunteers.