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    Sneak Preview: Nine 2009 AFI Fest Shorts to Watch For

    AFI Fest Director of Programming Robert Koehler granted indieWIRE an extensive preview of the shorts playing this year's festival, which runs October 30 - November 7 in Hollywood, California. Explaining in great detail why he and Senior Programmer Lane Kneedler selected the nine films in the officia...

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    Abracadabra, Danny McBride: A Look Back at Summer's Best Short Films

    Every Summer Los Angeles hosts a multitude of film festivals and special screenings devoted to short films. This year the Sundance Film Festival jumped into the fray with a free screening on August 21, 2009 entitled "Downtown and Dirty Shorts." The lineup, which featured new and old student shorts by James Franco, David Gordon Green, and Danny McBride, turned out to be so popular that a second screening had to be hastily arranged to accommodate the block-long standby line. A week earlier, the HollyShorts Film Festival closing night program was standing-room-only as shorts directed by Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Courteney Co...

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    Sex Sells Short Films Online...But Is That a Good Thing?

    In this era where most short films are seen online rather than in festivals, Justin Nowell is a short filmmaker with a unique perspective. Not only has he directed two shorts that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 ("Sick Sex") and 2009 ("Acting for the Camera"), his films were among the select few chosen to be part of the festival's online component each year. Did allowing his work to be seen on the Internet hinder future festival acceptance? Did giving the shorts away for free, albeit for a limited time, cripple future iTunes and Amazon VOD sales? And does online success attract Hollywood's attention? Justin Nowell share...

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    Bitches, Bro Jobs and Heavy Petting, Shorts Carve their Outfest 2009 Niche

    Every year at Outfest, which began last night in Los Angeles, the "Boys' Shorts" and "Girls' Shorts" programs are hot tickets. This year, there's a new shorts program that will have festival goers arriving early to ensure they get a good seat. "Queerer than Fiction: Documentary Shorts" offers some o...

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    "Dinner" Served Best of the Festival at PS ShortFest

    Hungarian film "The Dinner" (Vacsora) by Karchi Perlmann won the "Best of the Festival Award" at the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film, which tells the wry tale of a hapless pig farmer whose minor domestic accident turns into a wholly unexpected catastrophe for all involved, took a...

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    Shorts Bloom in June: 12 to Watch from Toronto & Palm Springs

    Now that the 2009 Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest are scheduled back-to-back, June has become the best month to enjoy a broad sampling of international short filmmaking. With 295 shorts from 46 countries screening in Toronto from June 16 – 21, 2009 and Palm Springs showcasing 315 from 41 countries from June 23- 29, 2009, never before have so many shorts been shown in such a concentrated time period. With death and dogs proving to be reoccurring elements in many of the films, here (in alphabetical order) is an overview of a dozen standout shorts screening at two of Nort...

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    315 Shorts Set For Palm Springs Fest

    The 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest announced its roster of 315 films, selected from more than 2,500 worldwide entries. Now in its 15th year, ShortFest will showcase 76 World Premieres, 43 North American Premieres and 14 U.S. Premieres. All selections are structured into 52 themed progra...

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    Short Films, Big Issues at Media That Matters

    The ninth annual Media That Matters Film Festival, one of the world's first and largest online film festivals, launches today with a collection of 12 short films "aimed at inspiring online audiences to think, laugh, and take action on today's top issues." This year's festival showcases twelve jury-s...

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    3 Weeks to Make a Short - And Then Hit the Red Carpet at the DGA

    With alumnae ranging from Maya Angelou to Moon Unit Zappa, the AFI Directing Workshop for Women has a reputation as an innovative and unique filmmaking training program for women of varied backgrounds. With great expectations of discovering new directing talent at this year's Red Carpet Showcase, a...

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    Shorts Monthly: Ten Exciting New Voices in Black Cinema

    While the mainstream press enthusiastically identifies Tyler Perry as the new voice of black cinema, industry insiders looking for the next Spike Lee are placing their bets on a young NYU student named Rashaad Ernesto Green. In the last few months, Green's award-winning student film "Premature" pla...

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