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    SHORTS COLUMN: East Coast and West Coast Bust Out Signature Short Film Showcases in October

    Three years ago, a group of filmmakers in New York City decided to create a Big Apple-based short film festival, which they nicknamed NYC Shorts. This year, the 3rd annual installment of the New York City Short Film Festival takes place October 24 - 27 with 17 of the scheduled 31 shorts slated as NY...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | British Filmmakers Reign Supreme at North America's Three Biggest Short Film Fests

    From June 12 to 17, the Canadian Film Centre hosted the 13th annual Worldwide Short Film Festival, inviting 265 shorts from more than 30 countries to screen in Toronto, Ontario. Two months later in California, 332 films from over 40 countries screened at the 2007 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (August 23-29), followed a month later by 700 shorts at the 11th annual LA Shortsfest (September 5 - 17). With such an overcrowded field, it's remarkable that UK filmmaker Simon Ellis walked away with both the Best Live Action Short Award at the Canadian fest and the Best of Festival laurel at Palm Springs for his fifteen-minute dram...

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    iW NEWS | "Foul" Wins Top Prize at Palm Springs Shorts Fest

    British director Simon Ellis' short about a weak father encountering a gang of teen thugs, "Soft" won the "Best of Festival Award" at the 2007 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. The $2,000 prize also includes eligibility for Oscar consideration. Dee Rees' "Pariah" took the festival's "Future Filmmaker Award ($2,000 and "showbiz software package"). The fest's "Panavision Grand Jury Award went to Moon Molson's "Pop Foul," which also won a Student Academy Award. The Panavision prize includes a package valued at $60,000 and two days studio time from Casablanca Studios in Palm Springs. In announced audience prizes, the award for l...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Summer Shorts: Beat the Heat with Two Online Short Film Festivals

    During these dog days of summer, air-conditioned movie theaters function as an oasis for those eager to escape the sweltering heat. Viewers of short films, however, aren't restricted to the multiplex when they want to enjoy a cool cinematic treat. They can chill out anywhere, thanks to SXSWclick and...

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    iW NEWS | Palm Springs Short Fest Sets '07 Line up

    Showcasing its 13th edition August 23 - 29, the 2007 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest) has unveiled its roster of 332 films from 35 countries. Included in the line up are 54 world premieres as well as 12 North American and 20 U.S. debuts. The selection is organized into 50 themed programs which cover a variety of topics including war, security issues, immigration, animation, crime, romance, sex, horror, musicals, Jewish-related issues and gay and lesbian life among others. Also this year is a special focus on films from the United Kingdom as well as Kenya. "This year's line-up exemplifies the e...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | "Pariah" Leads The Pack of Outstanding Shorts at Outfest '07

    Outfest '07, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival running July 12 - 23, boasts twelve short film programs brimming with what the festival's website optimistically labels as "world premieres." One such gem, "Pariah," actually made its local debut a few weeks earlier at the Los Angeles Film Fe...

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    iW NEWS | Finalists Named for 4th SXSWclick

    Fifteen finalists in five categories have been named for the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival's four-year-old online Summer short film event, SXSWclick. Selected in the Animate-It category are: AM Peters' "Corporate Whore," Dan Brown's "Pierre," and David Crumley's "Sloths on a Tank"; in the Old School Shorts section: Will Elliott's "Peterson's Savings and Loan," Johnny O'Hara's "Mac's First Time," and Adam Wingard's "1000 Year Sleep"; in the Really Old Shorts category: David Serota's "Ubuntu," Kent Osbourne's "Every Picture I Took Last Year," and Jenny Perlin's "Review"; in the Sounds Shots section: Jonathan Stearns' "Falling Up...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Scouting at UCLA's Industry Showcase of Student Films

    On June 12, 2007, Hollywood Industryites packed the Directors Guild of America Theater, eager to view the seven winners of UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television's Directors Spotlight competition. With a roster of past student winners including Alexander Payne ("Sideways"), Todd Holland ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Shane Acker ("9"), and Gil Kenan ("Monster House"), the annual screening has a reputation for being a do-not-miss event for those interested in identifying student filmmakers with big league potential. While there wasn't a clear standout among this year's crop of Spotlight winners, all seven of '07 directors showed enough po...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | A Photo a Day and Then Some: An Appreciation of the Self-Portrait Short

    Who would have thought an experimental short film could have a fan base of 5,926,124 and counting? Nearly six million clicks have propelled Noah Kalina's "Everyday" a.k.a. "Noah Takes a Photo of Himself Every Day for 6 Years" to become a genuine YouTube phenomenon. Countless self-obsessed photographers and irreverent parodists have surfaced in the wake of Kalina's six-minute short and Ahree Lee's equally well-known "Me," which consists of three years of self-snaps flying by in less than three minutes. But with film festival favorites such as David Birdsell's "Hairlady" pushing the envelope of what a self-portrait short can achieve, the que...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | "Tanghi Argentini" Dances Away With Four Prizes at Aspen Shortsfest

    Winning a festival's audience award is getting to be old hat for Guido Thys' "Tanghi Argentini," which followed up its amazing success at this year's Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival with a similar triumph at the 16th Aspen Shortsfest, which took place April 3 - 8 in Aspen, Colorad...

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