Short film, really?

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I really want to know why exactly is short film a genre on IMDb. I know it goes pretty much on the lines on animation which is more of a medium than an actual genre. But still... even when you search for short films, the drop down list doesn't show any of them. You just have to enter and would see them only when all the results are displayed.

Animation can be understood because it's really a type of movie. It has got to do with a type of audience as well. I've no problem with it.

But short film?

It has got nothing to do with the film as a genre. It's decided merely on the basis of duration and not the films' contents. IMDb guidelines say that a genre should be a driving force of the film. How exactly is "short film" a driving force? It has got nothing to do with plot or making.
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Hello, Manish. 

Despite I was myself baffled at "Short" being a genre (partially I still am), it has a certain use in IMDb. In particular it is applied to lost short films, when we don't know the runtime. I can agree that it is at least somewhat redundant, but it has some reasons to be there. 
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It has a use, but not as GENRE.

It's only useful as a medium, like "film"/"made for video" etc.

But genre has to do with story and other plot elements. "Short" is anything but not a genre. 

Try to search short films in IMDb search bar and tell me if you get to see any of them.(No you won't)

You said, "In particular it is applied to lost short films, when we don't know the runtime.". How can you even know they were short/feature length films if you don't know the running time in the first place?
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I think you’re overthinking this issue a bit (people seem to be very passionate about these genre related issues). To me it’s good that we can quickly see when the movie is considered ”short”. I don’t really see it as a ”genre”, though. But it’s good that it’s listed below the title.

Academy Awards:
”A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.”
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But how does that actually help? Do you think of watching/not watching a title only if it's "short" or "long"? 

If it can't be removed, it shouldn't even be compulsory then. 

And as for "we can quickly see", well there are so many things you can't quickly see unless you scroll down, OK? You can't see the official sites, the keywords, the plot summaries or even the fourth genre quickly, right?

So there's no need of laziness here. I'm not asking short to be removed. I just don't like it (alright, don't want it is a better term) as a GENRE. 

Even when you see "More like this", do you get to see the running time "quickly"?

And fine, even if we're gonna keep it, can anyone tell me why is there a need to list it as the first genre? Huh? That's totally unnecessary. 

Because first off, short isn't a genre. Secondly, listing it ahead of other genres (suppose if there are three- action, drama, thriller for example, then you won't get to see the actual genres "quickly", mr. Eboy. You WILL have to scroll down to see if there's a third... err... fourth one. 

And as for this definition, ”A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.”

What's the point of this here? Did I ask for it? No, I didn't. I know what a short film is and only because there's a definition doesn't mean it should be listed in the wrong way. 

And you HAVE to agree that due to some weird reasons, short films aren't visible in the search bar and drop down list. This is a serious issue that definitely needs fixing.

At the end, a film's being long or short isn't the FIRST thing that matters (as short's listed ahead of every other genre). It's whether you find the film interesting or not on the basis of its synopsis and other personal factors which definitely don't include the running time.
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"Do you think of watching/not watching a title only if it's 'short' or 'long'?" ...Being pressed for time as I often am, I do take into consideration whether a movie is shorter or longer than forty minutes in running time, but I prefer to know the exact running time, which is, for some reason, not always recorded on IMDb.