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Shorts International Fest Long on Selections

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire October 6, 1997 at 2:0AM

Shorts International Fest Long on Selections
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Shorts International Fest Long on Selections

by indieWIRE




The first annual Shorts International Film Festival kicks off in New York
next month, sporting over 50 entries and spanning only 2 days, November
5-6. Taking place at the Sony Theatres Lincoln Square in Manhattan, the
fest is an international affair, with selections coming from 25 countries
around the world, and six U.S. states. Over 700 films were submitted, and
the 50+ selected films were divided into six categories: Animation, Comedy,
Drama, Documentary, Student and Experimental, with a jury of celebrities
expected to be announced shortly.


The categories reflect a diversity also shown in the selections. "In
programming the six categories, we selected films that, together, are
entertaining and diverse in style, pace and content," said the head of the
selection committee, Michael Ellenbogen. From animation selection "Estorio
Do Gato e da Lua" by Pedro Serranzina from Portugal, to aptly named Veit
Helmer's effort, "Surprise", from Germany, to"Signing Off" from New Zealander
Robert Sarkies. There are some veteran shorts in the group as well ,
including the Oscar winning "Breathing Lessons: The Life & Work of Mark O'Brien" by Jessica Yu and multiple award winner Two or Three Things But Nothing For Sure", by Tina DeFeliciantonio and Jane Wagner and Sundance
Award winner and Comedy selection "Man About Town" by American Chris Isaacson.