The Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival & Conference is recognizing outstanding work in this emerging space, showcasing fresh and surprising storytelling across platforms. In addition, we will present panels on the state of short form video as well as opportunities to network with creators and buyers of this format.
FEATURED SPOTLIGHT ON OUR FINALISTS >
Over the next few weeks, we’ll rotate a random sampling of our finalists.
Not only will the winning videos will be screened at this one-of-a-kind festival, but we will also present thought-provoking and idea-rich panel discussions with producers, directors, actors, marketers, and more. Panels will address topics including:
Short-form video provides an excellent platform for brand messaging. This case study-centric panel teams a brand executive with an exec from the creative side in a series of brief one-on-one conversations that spotlight learnings from their short-form collaborations. So if you want to hear from Lyft & ATTN, State Farm & NBCU, as well as Volvo Trucks, you won’t want to miss this immersion into the process from a brand perspective.
The short-form video market is skyrocketing, but a well-informed strategy is necessary for success. This panel will dive deep into the latest intel so you can exceed your goals and maximize your return on investment. Selecting optimum content and assessing your target audience's viewing behaviors are essential elements, but so is choosing the best distribution avenues, whether it be via social outlets such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram, video-sharing via YouTube, or in the OTT realm. You won’t want to make a short-form (or long-term) move without hearing what our experts have to say.
Time didn’t just announce the Silence Breakers as the magazine’s person of the year, it trumpted its selection with a short form video that immediately went viral. The creators of the piece-a series of brief interviews ranging from Rose McGowan to #MeToo founder Tarana Burke-will discuss how the video came together, and how they leveraged the power of short form to elevate messaging and buzz.
Monique Moses is a Canadian born, Brooklyn based, actor, improviser, and choreographer. She’s studied with Second City Toronto, UCB and The PIT, and has performed in comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and festivals all over the country with improv teams Day Camp Kids, Nobody’s Token and NYC's premier Hip Hop Improv team Northcoast (voted one of Time Out NY Best Comedy Shows in 2014). In 2010, Monique was 1 of 10 finalists to compete for a full tuition scholarship in the PIT/NBC Universal’s Diversity Scholarship Competition. She now performs weekly with UCB Harold team Some Kid, monthly in UCB's only daytime talk show at night, The Female Gaze and recently concluded a run of shows at UCB Theater Chelsea of A Journey Through Black History, former UCB improv house team Astronomy Club's first foray into sketch comedy. Monique has appeared on Broad City Season 3, VH1's The 20, Funny or Die, Mashableand UCBcomedy, is a recurring role on the second season of Funny or Die's satirical podcast Scienceology and has created web and app content for Refinery29, Mustache Films, MTV/ Yoostar Entertainment and Mik Mak TV. Monique appears in IFC Comedy Crib’s digital series Sport Court in 2017 which was named one of the top 10 best web series of 2017 by IndieWire.
Sonja O'Hara is an award-winning actress and filmmaker. She was recently chosen as one of the "Ten Filmmakers To Watch in 2017" by Independent Magazine. Past recipients of this honor included Barry Jenkins, Academy Award winning director of Moonlight, and Effie Brown, producer of Netflix's Dear White People.
As an actress, her work has screened at major festivals around the world -- from SXSW to the Cannes Film Festival. Sonja is best known for starring in the feature film OVUM (The Orchard) and for playing a series regular role on the series DOOMSDAY (Amazon Prime.) For more info, please visit: www.sonjaohara.com
Available for groups of 3 or more.
“Why is short-form content so hot now?”
"We’ve finally reached a point where many people have a beautiful movie-viewing machine in their pocket and high-speed bandwidth to match it."
Head of YouTube MCN
"Once technology got good enough that we could walk around with screens (on our phones), it created a demand for a different kind of video content."
Head of Editorial
"Users are continuing to spend more time in social feeds on mobile devices, where they can quickly swipe to a new post if they aren't interested."
Director of Strategy
"With distribution as democratized as it is now, creators no longer have to wait for permission to create. They just create."
Founder and CEO
"Short form is hot because it is instant and concise, thus catering to the mentality of the digital-age consumer."
SVP, Original Programming
"It's the perfect format for modern attention spans and multitasking habits, allowing audiences to watch, read, and listen - simultaneously."
Director of Customer Success
For questions related to award entries or event tickets:
Director of Marketing
If you would like to purchase a sponsorship:
VP, Sales & Marketing