Short films can provide a gateway for new filmmakers into the world of features. They allow these people to enter festivals, get their foot in the door to the industry. A lot of filmmakers get noticed at short film festivals, including notable directors such as Lee Daniels and Paul Thomas Anderson. Short films also allow filmmakers to build their portfolios, improves their craft, and show what they can do. Original reels are made of short film material and allow new creatives to show what they can do.
Breaking into the industry through short-filmmaking is so rare. It's more likely for someone to make it by working their way up through the ranks of a set, starting as a PA and finally making connections.
[P1] Short films allow filmmakers to get their foot in the door. [P2] Short films should be supported.