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Chris Aitken of Short Com

The Short Com festival,a non profit short comedy film festival, runs from November 30th to December 6th, and features over 30 short films from all over the world. I spoke to my friend Chris Aitken, founder of Short Com, about its roots and what to look out for in this year's festival.

Cold Meets - Director : Marnik Loysen.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I can't remember ever having one desired goal. I think very early on I wanted to be a policeman so I could beat the shit out of anyone I wanted to. I grew out of that idea quite quickly and realised it wasn't really what the police do. Well, I say, really. I think other desired occupations were radio DJ, video store clerk, car designer, a TV buyer, filmmaker and pimp. I can at least say I can tick off pimp from my list of achievements. 

Micro Love - Director : Annalisse Eisenstadt.

When did you become interested in comedy/the arts?

I remember seeing the iconic Scottish sitcom Rab C. Nesbitt live in the theatre when I was pretty young and that rubbed off me a bit as well as Cheech and Chong, which was the funniest film I had ever seen, but I never realistically thought I could work in the arts. It was only after I graduated from my undergrad degree that I learned that I could study screenwriting. Seeing the film Restless Natives made me believe that the sort of films I want to make in Scotland can be made.  Everything else I've done to date feels like an accident. Whilst I can say I work in the arts, I am still waiting/pursuing getting something made or commissioned where I can then really feel like I am in the arts. As a PR or festival director for Short Com I am a facilitator rather than a creator. Whilst I am pleased to have these roles, I still have the itch to get that thing made where audiences learn who I am and detest my very existence.

Insecurity Questions - Director : Rosco 5