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Tribeca Sets '09 Shorts Slate

A scene from Alex Jablonski's "Blue Boy." Image courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival.

The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival has announced its line-up of short films. The Festival received 2463 short film submissions this year, and 46 have been selected for presentation in six "thematic programs": "Means To An End"; "Mixed Feelings"; "Wake Up Call"; "Truth or Consequences"; "Time Will Tell"; and "Human Landscapes."

The slate includes work from Cuba, Brazil, Norway, Italy, South Korea and Australia. The voices behind these works, according to the fest, "range from first-time to veteran filmmakers that include animators, graphic artists and actors taking the helm behind the camera." Collectively, "through captivating narratives and gripping documentaries, they tell stories about life's lessons drawn from dreams, desires and the coming-of-age experience."

"The films in this year's program represent a strong showcase in the craft of short filmmaking. It's exciting that as digital content platforms continue to emerge, short films are accessible to, and being watched by an increasingly larger audience." said Maggie Kim, Tribeca Film Festival shorts programmer, in a statement.

The 46 works in the 2009 short film line-up are eligible to compete for combined cash and value-in-kind prizes totaling more than $15,000 for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Student Visionary Award, sponsored by Apple. The jurors for each of the shorts categories--narrative, documentary and student--will be announced at a later date.

"These six thematic programs contain elements that everyone can relate to - from growing up to dealing with work issues to being faced with irrevocable decisions. It's a solid line-up with narrative, documentary and experimental short films all of which express a unique way of storytelling in this format," said Sharon Badal, Tribeca Film Festival shorts programmer, in a statement.

For the first time, and through April 12, 2009, consumers will help select a short film to premiere in the Festival through Delta's Fly-In Movies competition. Five short film finalists were selected by the Festival programmers and are currently playing on Delta flights equipped with Delta on Demand. They are also available for viewing at delta.com/flyinmovies, where customers can rate each film. The film rated highest by viewers will receive the final spot in this year's Festival shorts program.

Following is a listing of the selected short films in the six programs in which they will be presented. You can view Tribeca's lineup of feature films here and here. The festival runs April 22 - May 3.

Means to an End

3 Wheels, (China, Taiwan R.O.C.), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Tony Wei, written by Chung Lee (Student film)

Almost Every Day (Quase Todo Dia), (Brazil, USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed and written by Gandja Monteiro

Cafe Paraiso, (Mexico), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Alonso Ruizpalacios (Student film)

The Company Man, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Andrew Zappin

Deconstruction Workers (Bygningsarbeidere), (Norway), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Kajsa Naess, written by Kjartan Helleve

Glock, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Tom Everett Scott, written by Michael McMillian, Tom Everett Scott

Oda a la Pina, (Cuba), Narrative, North American Premiere, directed and written by Laimir Fano (Student film)


Mixed Feelings

Cutlass, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Kate Hudson

Nueva York, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed and written by Manolo Celi

Of Best Intentions, (Ireland), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Brian Durnin

Oil Change, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Todd Luoto

Shimasani, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed and written by Blackhorse Lowe

This Will All Make Perfect Sense Someday, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Long-Cuu Phan


Wake-up Call

Cal Express, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed and written by Sergio Carvajal (Student film)

Deadline, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Joseph Bakhash, written by Sean McPhillips

Gefilte Fish, (Israel), Narrative, North American Premiere, directed and written by Shelly Kling-Yosef (Student film)

The North Road (La route du Nord), (France), Narrative, North American Premiere, directed and written by Carlos Chahine

Section 44, (UK), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Daniel Wilson

The Tinwoodsman's Home Movie #2, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Naomi Uman, Lee Lynch

Wu, (France), Narrative, North American Premiere, directed and written by Cecile Vernant


Truth or Consequences

Blue Boy, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Alex Jablonski, written by Alex Jablonski, Kevin Canty (Student film)

The Confession, (Ireland), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Thomas Hefferon

Love Does Grow on Trees, (UK), Narrative, USA Premiere, directed and written by Bevan Walsh

Nowhere Kids, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Eric Juhola, written by Eric Juhola, Jeremy Stulberg, Lindsay Goldwert

Search, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Lisa M. Perry, written by Aaron Walker (Student film)

Small Change, (Australia), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Anna McGrath (Student film)

Sunspots (Macchie di Sole), (Italy), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Stella di Tocco, written by Enrique Esteve


Time Will Tell

First Steps, (USA), Documentary, World Premiere, directed and written by Jason DaSilva

home, (USA), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed by Matthew Faust

The Last Mermaids, (USA, South Korea), Documentary, North American Premiere, directed by Liz Chae

Mustang - Journey of Transformation, (USA, Nepal), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed by Will Parrinello, written by Sarah Kass

Skin, (Australia), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed and written by Rhys Graham

Team Taliban, (USA), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed by Benjamin Kegan


Human Landscapes

The Bather, (USA), World Premiere, directed by George Griffin

Camera Roll (for Taylor), (USA), World Premiere, directed by Joel Schlemowitz

Chop Off, (USA), USA Premiere, directed and written by M.M. Serra

densen, (Sweden), World Premiere, directed by Anna Linder

Ha'Aki, (Canada), New York Premiere, directed and written by Iriz Paeaebo

Hot Dogs at the Met, (USA), North American Premiere, directed by Ken Jacobs

influenza/Composition II (chrome square), (Netherlands), World Premiere, directed by Jeroen Jongeleen

KOGI, (Brazil), World Premiere, directed by Paula Gaitan

Metro, (Canada), World Premiere, directed by Martin Laporte

A Time and A Time, (UK), North American Premiere, directed and written by Sarah Cox

Trailer Trash, (USA), World Premiere, directed by Mark Street

Us (Nous), (France), USA Premiere, directed and written by Olivier Hems

Without You, (UK), North American Premiere, directed by Tal Rosner

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