By Dave B.
I don’t often get asked to review websites or online services, but when I do, I almost always say yes. It’s a nice change of pace from reviewing movies and television shows, plus I get to find some interesting websites that I may have not been exposed to otherwise. Case in point: Tremonster Films.
What is Tremonster Films and What Does it Offer?
Tremonster films is a new subscription streaming film service that “offers artistic, culturally significant and entertaining Film Festival quality short films for event screenings or on your personal device for education, enrichment or just a good time.” In other words, it’s a streaming service for short films. If you’re not familiar with short films, despite often operating with relatively limited budgets, they can offer some of the most creative and insightful film experiences that you’ll find, packed into bite-sized packages. The films on Tremonster generally have runtimes that range from a few minutes to around 20 minutes.
Films on the site are divided into three sections. The Preface section contains older short films that are personal favorites of the site’s curators. The Compilations section contains “The Feed” which allows subscribers to access all the films on the site, and “Family Feed” offers a selection of family-friendly short film fare. Lastly, there is the Collections section, where subscribers will find the newest releases. The first collection contains six films. The second collection will be available on Friday, February 26, 2021. New Collections are expected to be released every five weeks throughout the rest of the year.
Who is Tremonster For?
Perusing the site makes clear that Tremonster is primarily aimed at three sets of users: short film creators, short film exhibitors, and short film fans. Creators get increased exposure for their films, exhibitors can show the films in a wide range of settings from festivals to classrooms and can develop relationships with creators, and fans gain access to films that they may otherwise have not been able to see. Overall, it seems to be a win-win-win situation for all parties involved and it’s a creative way to help strengthen the short film ecosystem as a whole?
Is This Service for You?
A subscription to Tremonster will run you $3.50 per month and the site offers a 3-day free trial. From a functionality perspective, the website works well. From a content perspective, it appears that Tremonster intends to grow at a regular, reasonable pace and offers high-quality content. Here’s a small sample of some of the film topics that you can find on the site:
*Author’s note: The author received no compensation for this review but was granted subscription access in order to evaluate the offering.
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