Letterboxd is a social media site for lovers of film.
I use the app and website religiously, and expound its virtues with every film person I know. I encouraged students to use it, so they could get into the habit of logging and reviewing films — building up their film language and their film knowledge.
I find the habit of logging films to be so beneficial. With Letterboxd, you can:
- log the films you watch
- review the films you watch — reviews you can refer to later if you forget what you thought of a film
- add films to bespoke lists — I use the list function as a teaching tool
- use the stats function to see your viewing habits – getting cool reports for the end of the year, and even see what percentage of films from a particular crew member or actor you have ever seen
- follow people and have them follow you
- easily add films to an awesome watchlist — one that sends you notifications when films on your watchlist become available on your favourite viewing platforms
- find new and interesting films to watch
I was so happy to find that short films are on Letterboxd as well. Now I can log the shorts I watch. It has saved me a few times when I hadn’t realised I had already watched a film through.
I have been watching loads of short films on channels such as Dust, Alter, Omeleto, and Crypt TV. Every film, I log, and I include the YouTube link so others can watch as well.
What I have found frustrating though is when films don’t appear on Letterboxd. How can I log them if they’re not there?! This has been especially frustrating during film festivals…
After attending the Aesthetica Short Film Festival and realising that most of the films are not on Letterboxd, I had to take action!
So, here is a video that outlines how to get your film on Letterboxd
Step 1: add the film to The Movie Database (TMDb)
Step 2: … that’s it.
Keep watching to see it done in real-time with one of our Action On The Side shorts.
and Filmmakers: please … please … PLEASE … make sure your film is on Letterboxd.
so geeks like me can watch it and log it.