WHY WE BUILT THE BUREAU
The BUREAU was designed with three simple goals in mind: spark a conversation around the value and importance of short films, provide a sustainable and supportive platform where filmmakers can create honest, personal films without committee, and lastly, to be a bridge between those two worlds, to educate the audience about their important role in the future of independent film.
THE DEVALUING OF SHORT FILMS
More and more we are seeing short films regarded as calling cards. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Oscar-nominated director Don Hertzfeldt noted that filmmakers are, “basically being taught that their work has no value. Their personal projects, even when Oscar-nominated and whatnot, are perceived as just a way to attract some empty corporate advertising gig where they can maybe make enough money to fund another personal project that’s again maybe dropped on YouTube, loses money, and forgotten about.”
There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, but this is the hurdle that filmmakers face at every stage of production currently.
A FILM COLLECTIVE UNLIKE ANY OTHER
In the last several years, crowd, or, in many cases, peer-funding tools, such as Kickstarter, have been used to go around the traditional studios that kept their doors closed to so many independent filmmakers — yet, even now, with filmmakers building audiences in advance that are excited to see and financially support these projects, filmmakers are still finding themselves fighting to get their films through a completely different set of closed doors, in regards to distribution.
The BUREAU is unique in that it addresses both halves of this larger issue at the same time — bringing together an audience that supports filmmakers at even the earliest stages of their work, and does so in a way that comes full-circle.
HOW FAR WE’VE COME
We are still at the earliest stages of building The BUREAU, and for every filmmaker we have reached out to, for every backer who has signed up to become an AGENT, for all the press we’ve received out of the gate, there is an overwhelming excitement around not just the 12 original short films, but as to just how different The BUREAU truly is from anything else thats come before.
But, to make this successful, to really make an lasting impact, The BUREAU needs to reach beyond the film community.