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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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    Shorts Column | Matthew Modine on Fifteen Years of Making Short Films

    Two weeks after Matthew Modine's most recent short film, "I Think I Thought," made its North American premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, the actor/writer/director spoke to indieWIRE about his decade-and-half-long career making shorts. Having embarked on his first short film endeavor while a...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Jury, Audience, and Industry Buzz Agree: Docs Rocked Aspen Shortsfest 2008

    The jurors at this year's Aspen Shortsfest, which took place April 2 - 6 in Aspen, Colorado, were so enamored with the shorts in the documentary competition category that they couldn't pick just one. Instead, they split the prize between two British films, "Elegy for the Elswick Envoy" and "Peter an...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | "C. Beck," "Bullet Proof," and "L.A. Noir" Take Top Prizes at Independent Lens Onli

    Independent Lens has finished tabulating the viewer votes for its second annual "festival at your fingertips." While the curators of Independent Lens and the Online Shorts Festival jury both decided to honor short documentaries with their grand prizes, the audience award went to a narrative film, "L.A. Noir," Conrad Jackson's mystery starring Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband, Cris Judd. The shortsfest distributed a total of thirteen thousand dollars in cash prizes to an eclectic collection of eleven independent documentary, live action, and animated shorts, with a $2,500 grand prize going to Deb Wallwork & Mike Hazard's portrait of a Minnesota re...

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    iW NEWS | Ann Arbor Set for 46th Fest

    The 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival is set to kick-off on March 25th in Michigan, opening with a selection of short films from this year's festival. On tap are Michael Langan's "Doxology," Daniel Robin's "My Olympic Summer," Osbert Parker's "Yours Truly," Luke Sieczek's "Phantom," Georg Koszulinski's "...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Oscar-Nominated Short Film Directors Bask in the Spotlight

    On Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Curtis Hanson hosted the Academy's pre-ceremony screening of the nominated live action and animated short films. With directors and producers of eight of the ten films in attendance, the sold-out event was a rare opportunity for the filmmakers to see each other's work and for the audience to hear what inspired these Oscar-caliber stories. The one-time-only gathering also drove home the point that none of this year's honorees are from the United States, and only one producer and one director have ever been nominated before. "We are seeing the future," announced ...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Short Film Superstars of 2007

    2007 has been a very good year for short film viewers. Not only did the festival circuit deliver another amazing crop of winning films, every exhibition format offered up something remarkable to watch. Two hundred movie theaters nationwide unspooled Paris-themed shorts directed by the Coen Brothers ...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Rare and Unseen Short Films Find a Home on the McSweeney's Wholphin DVD Label

    Spike Jonze's portrait of 1999-era Al Gore, Alexander Payne's student film, and a four-minute piece directed by Steven Soderbergh simply titled "Building No. 7," these are just a few of the shorts to be found on Wholphin, a DVD series created by Brent Hoff and Dave Eggers of McSweeney's. With the f...

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