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    Popular Vote Agrees with George Lucas and Jurors in Two Internet Short Film Competitions

    On July 20, 2006, over 4000 people squeezed into an auditorium at San Diego's Comic-Con International to hear the announcement of the winners of the fifth annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards. Approximately 10,000 people voted on the AtomFilms website to give the Audience Choice Award to "Pitching Luca...

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    MTV Gets Atom for $200 Million

    Viacom's MTV Networks has announced a deal to acquire Atom Entertainment for $200 million. The company, comprised of four online destination sites for short films, as well as online games and video, follows last year's MTV acquisition of IFILM, the rival short film site online that ushered in an era...

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    10 Shorts to Launch Statewide Rhode Island International Film Festival

    Ten short films are slated to launch the tenth annual Rhode Island Film Festival, taking place this year August 8 - 13 in Providence and other cities throughout the New England state. This year's line up includes 283 features from 40 countries with 27 world premieres and 19 U.S. premieres. Rhode Isl...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: Short Films Among New Movies in Theaters

    A number of short films are among the new movies opening in theaters. A collection of international short films are part of New Yorker Films' "The World According to Shorts," including Hugo Maza's "La Perra" from Chile, Daniel Askill's "We Have Decided Not To Die" from Australia, Andreas Hykade's "Ring of Fire" from Germany, Hans Petter Moland's "United We Stand" from Norway," Adam Guzinski's "Antichrist" from Poland and Jane Malaquias' "The Old Woman's Step" from Brazil. While Picture This Entertainment's "Boys Briefs 4" includes movies about hustlers, among them Welby Ing's "Boy", Greg Atkin's "Build", Armen Kazazian's "Gold", Tony Krawitz'...

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    Ten Outstanding Shorts from Outfest 2006

    Outfest 2006: the 24th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival unspooled 14 short film programs during its July 6-17 run this year. And while the 77 features playing Outfest garnered the lion's share of critical attention, it is in the short-form live action, documentary, and experimental arenas w...

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    Kenan Ready for His Close-Up

    In the Los Angeles Times, Patrick Goldstein offers a profile of the 29 year old debut feature filmmaker Gil Kenan, whose "Monster House" is coming this week to theaters. The animated studio movie, described as a "comic horror film," was shepherded by exec producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielbe...

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    Confessions of a Festival Juror: Raves and Faves from Toronto's Premier Short Fest

    The jury had no trouble deciding that director Greg Spottiswood's Genie-nominated short "Noise" should take home the award for Best Canadian Short Film at the 2006 Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival, which took place June 13th -18th in Toronto, Ontario. It was the Jackson-Triggs Aw...

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    Winners Named at 33rd Student Academy Awards

    Winners of the 2006 Student Academy Awards were honored in Beverly Hills Saturday night, with honorees named gold, silver or bronze medalists and each receiving a cash award ($5,000, $3,000 or $2,000 respectively). Sean Overbeeke's "Christmas Wish List" (from the University of North Carolina) won th...

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    Worldwide Short Film Fest Unveils 12th Annual Line up

    The Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival announced its 12th annual event line up, with 29 programmes slated for this year's program taken from over 3,000 submissions. This year's event includes 250 shorts from 30 countries with 135 premieres and 19 world premieres. Opening the festival this year on June 13 in Toronto will be a program of award-winning shorts from around the world. Continuing through June 18, festival spotlights will include Canadian and international competitions, a spotlight on Germany as well as focuses on sci-fi, celbrity shorts, "Midnight Mania," animation and "Film School Mania." Top WSFF winners are elig...

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    SHORTS MONTHLY: The Long Shadow of the Quay Brothers: The Maverick Animators and their Devotees

    Everyone discovers the short films of the Brothers Quay in their own unique way. I was first clued in by Terry Gilliam back in 2000. "You must know the Brothers Quay," the ex-Python proselytized. "The Quay Brothers are identical twins from Philadelphia who have lived in England for something like ...

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