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    Nine Honored at 2nd Very Short Film Festival

    Nine awards were presented at the 2nd Very Short Film Festival at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre, with Spanish film "Avatar" by Lluis Quillez winning in the drama category, while "The Happiest Day Of His Life" (USA) by Ursula Burton receiving the prize for comedy and "Africa Parting" (USA) by Robyn Yannoukos taking the nod in animation. Tiffany Shlain's "The Tribe" (USA) won for doc and "Victoria" (USA) by Marc Carlini won for music video. In the audience categories, Nancy Stein's "Joey" (USA) took the non-fiction nod and Jack Swanstrom's "A.W.O.L." received audience kudos for fiction. James Higgins' "Ephemera" won the fest's New Frontier prize...

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    BERLINALE '07 | "Raak" Wins Top Berlin Short Film Prize

    The Golden Bear for short film at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival went to Hanro Smitsman's "Raak" from The Netherlands earlier this week, with the Berlinale Silver Bear prize shared by Manuel Schapira's "Decroche" from France and Arvin Chen's "Mei" from the USA, Taiwan and China. The Pri...

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    Short Docs Shine at the Inaugural Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival

    This month the acclaimed ITVS/PBS showcase "Independent Lens," which bills itself as "the film festival in your living room," launches its first annual Online Shorts Festival, debuting a stellar array of short documentaries on its website and rebranding itself as "a film festival at your fingertips....

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    SF360: "Radical Closure" at the PFA

    Guts-and-glory war movies remain a perennial at the cineplex, but genuine cinematic responses to war are a different matter entirely. If the former have all the critical force of an army recruitment poster, the latter (as the broad range of approaches in the Radical Closure series make clear) open up serious possibilities for re-imagining the dehumanized landscape of violence even as physical options are closed down. This is the import of the film and video series curated by Lebanese video artist Akram Zaatari, originally presented as part of the 2006 Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, which continues through December 12 at UC Berk...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Reasons to be Thankful: Ten Dazzling Short Film DVDs

    As the holiday season fast approaches, short film aficionados should be saying grace and giving thanks for the bounty laid out for mass consumption. While everyone can enjoy the never-ending feast of mini-movies available online, true connoisseurs will want to devour the latest offerings on DVD. An...

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    Magnolia and Shorts International Set Oscar Shorts Release

    Magnolia Pictures and leading short film company Shorts International will again partner to bring Academy Award nominated live action and animated short films to U.S. theatres prior to the February 25, 2007 Oscar ceremony. The films will later be available through Magnolia's Home Entertainment division and across other platforms that include ShortsTV on mobile phones. In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonnn Bowles said in a statement:We were extremely excited with how the Academy Shorts performed for us last year. Making them available before the actual ceremony made all of the difference. If you want to get a leg up on your office pool,...

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    SHORTS MONTHLY: Graduating with Honors: 17 Shorts Go Primetime on "Fine Cut: KCET's Festival of Stud

    Each year the many top notch films schools that populate the Los Angeles area book the Directors Guild of America Theatre on Sunset to showcase their students' thesis films to the industry at large. Now, thanks to "Fine Cut: KCET's Festival of Student Film," there's no need to drive to the DGA in or...

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    2nd Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival seeks submissions

    ITVS and PBS is again hosting their second annual Independent Lens Online Shorts Festivalin which independent filmmakers are invited to submit short-form films, 10minutes or less in length and in all genres. All submitted shorts to the festival will be screened and reviewed by a jury of notavle independent filmmakers, interactive producers and industry executives. The grand prize-winning short film will be awarded $2,500 and a national television premiere on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Ten additional winners will be showcased on the Independent Lens Web site at PBS.org. Winners will be announced in Fall 2007. For more ...

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    Believe the Hype: Ten of the Most Buzzed-About Films from Two of Southern California's Largest Short

    Recently Palm Springs and Los Angeles each hosted behemoth international short film festivals, presenting a combined total of 993 shorts to sell-out crowds at the Camelot Theatre and ArcLight Hollywood, respectively. With such an overabundance of riches, festival-goers in each city relied heavily on...

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    "Bawke," "One Rat Short" Among Top Jury Winners at 12th ShortFest in Palm Springs

    The 2006 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market, also known as ShortFest, concluded its 12th annual event Tuesday night with its winners ceremony at the Camelot Theatre in the California desert resort community. Award winners receiving a first place prize are automati...

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