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    Tribeca Sets '09 Shorts Slate

    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";...

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    Shorts Monthly: First Timers Dominate this Year's Oscar Short Film Derby

    In the live action, animation and documentary short film categories of the 81st Annual Academy Awards, only one nominated director has a track record. Documentary filmmaker Steven Okazaki, who helmed "The Conscience of Nhem En," already has two previous nominations and an Oscar on his curriculum vitae. The remaining twenty men and women hoping to take home a golden statue on February 22, 2009 are suiting up in their tuxes and donning their designer gowns to walk the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre for the very first time. No matter who gets to give a televised acceptance speech on Sunday, every single one of the filmmakers' careers has bee...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Don Hertzfeldt Tours the Nation with his Most Ambitious Short Ever

    Don Hertzfeldt is hitting the road. Having won the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award in Short Filmmaking for his epic short film "Everything will be ok," the 32-year-old animator of such instant-classic shorts as "Rejected," "The Meaning of Life," and "Billy's Balloon" is spending Octo...

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    Sundance Halts Online Fest Initiative; Short Filmmakers Kept in the Dark by Aggregator Mediastile

    The Sundance Film Festival has ended its relationship with new media aggregator Mediastile Inc. after the company repeatedly failed to send royalty payments and traffic reports to Sundance directors who screened films online via iTunes, Netflix and XBox LIVE. Over the weekend, Sundance organizers e-...

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    iW NEWS | "Mankind" Wins Tropfest

    Jason van Genderen's "Mankind Is No Island" - a 3-minute film that was shot entirely on a cell phone - took home the top $20,000 prize last night at Tropfest NY, the world's largest short film festival. Thousands turned out for the free, outdoor event to see the world premieres of eight short films....

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    iW NEWS | European Film Award Announce Short Nominees

    The 21st European Film Awards, to be held in Copenhagen on December 6, 2008, have announced the full list of nominees for their short film award. The nominees are Hanro Smitsman's "Raak," James Lees' "The Apology Line," Cyril Paris' "Un Bisou pour le monde," Johnny Kelly's "Procrastination," Joe Law...

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    iW NEWS | Tropfest NY Unveils Finalists

    Tropfest NY has revealed the eight filmmakers whose 7-minute shorts will compete at the world's largest short film festival on Friday, September 26th in New York City. Organizers also announced that Julianne Moore has joined the jury that will select the night's best films and performances. Other jurors include actor Billy Crudup, author Malcolm Gladwell, producers Christine Vachon and Bruna Papandrea, and actor and director Nash Edgerton. The winning film will receive a $20,000 Best Filmmaker Award and a "First Look Feature Film Deal" from GreeneStreet Films. Winners of Best Male Actor and Best Female Actor prizes will receive a $1,000 cash ...

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    iW NEWS | Palm Springs Shortfest Announces LIneup

    The 2008 Palm Springs International ShortFest has announced its programming of 317 films, selected from a record of more than 2,700 worldwide entries. The festival will showcase 53 World Premieres, 47 North American Premieres and 24 U.S. Premieres. "This year's ShortFest line-up reflects a return to more personal themes in the world of short film storytelling, and a move away from the 'big issue' themes of recent years, like the Iraq War, immigration and 9/11," said Festival Director Darryl Macdonald in a statement. "That and the increasingly sophisticated use of technical innovations in the short filmmaking process are the two big stories ...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Outfest 2008 Scouting Report: Ten Short Filmmakers You Should Know

    Outfest 2008: The 26th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival scheduled an amazing 12 short film programs over the course of this year's festival, which runs July 9 to 21st. With the programs centering around themes such as "Young and Restless" and "Laugh All You Want," the shorts ranged from earnest coming of age dramas to irreverent political riffs. And while production values and the quality of acting varies wildly, one thing unites all Outfest shorts: each showcases a unique filmmaking voice. While some like Guinevere Turner are already known entities, many other directors are student filmmakers who may not be on the radar yet but shou...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Best in the West: Jackson Hole, CineVegas, and LAFF Offer Thrilling Short Programs

    In the month of June, Wyoming, Nevada, and California each roll out star-studded film festivals that attract sold-out crowds and extensive press coverage. With all the hoopla surrounding premieres and gala events, it's easy to overlook the amazing short films unspooling at the Jackson Hole, CineVegas, and Los Angeles Film Festival events. However, festival-goers interested in catching the freshest cinematic offerings know the real hot tickets are the short film programs. Packing in an average of nine shorts per screening and showcasing the best local, student, or international filmmaking to be found, the shorts programs are guaranteed to del...

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