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    Oscar Backstage: Short Subjects

    The three short films, animated, live action and doc, did not go the way I expected. I thought Logorama--a must-see clever short made up entirely of commercial logos-- would be too hip for the Academy, which would go for Nick Park for the second time, but they must have gotten tired of Wallace & Gromit being nominated five times before. The live action short The New Tenants was my favorite and I shouldn't have listened to the people telling me why it couldn't win! So much for winning any Oscar pools. The five films vying for doc short were all strong, but I admit that HBO's Music by Prudence, about a disabled South African singer, haunted m...

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    Oscar Shorts: Big Screen Celebration for the Short Film Nominees

    While the live action and animated short film categories might not get a lot of airtime during the Oscar broadcast, the Academy makes up for it by hosting a special screening of the nominated shorts a week before the televised ceremony. The Academy’s annual Oscar Shorts screening has become such a...

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    Kiwi Shorts: New Zealand Filmmakers Conquer Sundance, Take Aim at Berlin

    Could 2010 be the year that New Zealand short filmmakers take over the world? The year began promisingly as Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland's "The Six Dollar Fifty Man" took the jury prize in international short filmmaking at January's Sundance Film Festival. And now at Berlin, Katie Wolfe's "R...

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    CFC and SHORTSNONSTOP Name Winners

    The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and SHORTSNONSTOP have announced the winner of their fourth mobile movie festival. Chosen from ten finalists, the winner of a $1500 prize is Daniel Faigle's "A TV Movie" (Germany), in which a TV set attempts to watch TV. Faigle's short will, as a result, now be avail...

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    Hot Shorts: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Sparks" Fires Up Wholphin Screening

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt's crafty adaptation of Elmore Leonard's arson investigation story, Spike Jonze's birthday present to Maurice Sendak, Spencer Susser's ode to teenage romance amidst zombie infestation, and Justin Nowell's meditation on fake orgasms were four of the six shorts screened at the Whol...

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    Happy Meals: Shorts Made for the Price of Lunch

    Taika Waititi and Don Hertzfeldt have made Oscar-nominated films, so why are they now making shorts with budgets less than $100? Because Mike Plante bought them lunch and challenged them to make a film for the exact cost of the meal. Plante, best known as CineVegas's director of programming, has commissioned fifty Lunchfilms to date, with ten currently in production and scheduled to debut in 2010 and 2011. The roster of filmmakers who have accepted Plante's meal deal runs from A (Cory Arcangel) to Z (the Zellner Brothers). This year Lunchfilms have screened at the Sundance Film Festival and AFI Fest, in addition to a host of microcinemas ...

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    "Beyond Gay": Presenting Lynn Shelton's "Sequel" to "Humpday"

    Last summer, as Lynn Shelton's Sundance fave "Humpday" was about to open in theaters, Dan Savage, the founder of Seattle amateur porn festival "HUMP!" called out Shelton on his blog.

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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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