About

The Journal of Short Film is a quarterly DVD publication of peer-reviewed short films of all genres. It is published by the Ohio State University Film Studies Program. The journal is modeled on the literary journal, complete with an editorial board made up of filmmakers.

Periodically, the journal has hosted guest editors of note, including Sam Green, Deborah Stratman, Lucy Raven, and Karl Lind. In October 2007, the journal collaborated with WITNESS on a collection of documentaries highlighting human rights around the world. This collaboration became Volume 9. In 2009, Volume 14 was released as a collection of films produced in the Art & Tech residency program at the Wexner Center. The Library Journal called the JSF one of the "Best Magazines of 2005."

The journal was founded in 2005 by Karl Mechem, who hoped to fill a hole in film distribution and create a new venue for short film. In late 2009, publication moved to the Ohio State University and is operated by the OSU Film Studies Program.

This is the Journal of Short Film:

  • a quarterly DVD journal containing 90-120 minutes of independent short film per volume
  • peer-reviewed by filmmakers and scholars of film theory
  • inclusive of all genres of film, favoring independent and underrepresented work
  • sold at a low cost—$10/vol., $36/subscription
  • non-corporate and ad-free
  • open and free submission process
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