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    Palm Springs ShortFest Announces Lineup of Forums for 2014 Festival

    The Palm Springs International ShortFest's main draw, naturally, is its role as an Oscar launching pad: the first-place winners of each of its four competitions qualify to compete for the Academy Award. (You can see our report on this year's shorts lineup here.)

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    Watch Spike Lee's World Cup Short Film 'Pixote's Game' Featuring Music by Kelly Rowland

    Idris Elba and Diego Luna also directed shorts for the campaign

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    Sri Lankans of African Descent Fight to Keep Their Culture Alive in the Face of Falling Numbers in 'Kaffir Culture' (Watch)

    In this specific case the word "Kaffir" is not the racial insult that it is in other parts of the world, notably South Africa, or a racist word like nigger here in the USA.

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    Watch Visually-Striking South African Short Film 'Bomlambo - Those of the Water' (Short Shouts!)

    It's a lovely 24-minute short film on the belief in ancestral spirits and semi-deities.

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    Watch Cute & Charming South African Comedy Short 'E-lectricity' (Short Shouts!)

    It centers on a poor township on the outskirts of Johannesburg that's thrown into darkness every night due to a lack of electricity.

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    300+ Films to Vie for 4 Oscar-Qualifying Spots at 20th Palm Springs Shortfest

    The Palm Springs International Shortfest is a big deal: one of only 70 or so Oscar-qualifying festivals for shorts, it qualifies the first-place winners of its four competitions to compete for the Academy Award; only the sprawling Los Angeles Film Festival qualifies more for Oscar contention.

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    Watch Cool Animated Short About Bluesman's Faustian Bargain - 'Cross Roads' (Short Shouts!)

    Tells the story of a Bluesman blinded by ambition, who, at the peak of his career, is revisited by the Devil, whom he sold his soul to 30 years before, in exchange for great success.

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    Call for Projects: Canadian National Film Board and ARTE Want Your Project for Their Online Series

    Attention, filmmakers, the National Film Board of Canada and Canadian arts group ARTE are beginning a web series and need submissions. Entitled "Interactive Haiku," the series wants to compile "short online experiences" from an international body of filmmakers.

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    Watch: Philip Seymour Hoffman Reflects on Life in This Revealing PBS Short

    In a newly released PBS short, Philip Seymour Hoffman is heard opening up about how sadly nothing was ever enough.

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    Watch 'The Love Life of a Black Girl According to Velissa Robinson' (Short Shouts)

    Watch 'The Love Life of a Black Girl According to Velissa Robinson' (Short Shouts)

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