Q. What is the market like for short film screenplays? Are agents interested in them or do they just deal with feature-length scripts?
Directing agents will look at your short film
if you're a beginning director trying to break in. But there is no market for short film scripts.
What you can do with a short film script is put up posters at your local film school offering the script to anyone who wants to shoot it. Some directing students are not that anxious to write their own script, and if yours is better than they can do, they may run with it. And then you have a produced short. There's no market for that, either, but you can submit it to short film festivals, and win awards which go on your resume. In other words it's better than nothing and it gives you a story to tell.
(This is less true at some schools, like UCLA, where you're required to write your own scripts, or you were when I was there back in the last century.)
for this sort of thing Craigslist is a good resource as there are always filmmakers advertising for this short and that short. You should be able to generate a list of potentials in a short amount of time ( a month or so).
Just posting a general political link that I thought you might be interested in: http://junkdrawer.typepad.com/
That is the blog of a Philadelphia-based producer and documentarian as she participates in the Pentagon's Joint Civilian Orientation conference, which is basically a behind-the-scenes look at Department of Defense activity in the Middle-East. She is being allowed to produce a documentary about her experience, which she'll be piecing together when she returns next week.
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