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    Shorts Bloom in June: 12 to Watch from Toronto & Palm Springs

    Now that the 2009 Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest are scheduled back-to-back, June has become the best month to enjoy a broad sampling of international short filmmaking. With 295 shorts from 46 countries screening in Toronto from June 16 – 21, 2009 and Palm Springs showcasing 315 from 41 countries from June 23- 29, 2009, never before have so many shorts been shown in such a concentrated time period. With death and dogs proving to be reoccurring elements in many of the films, here (in alphabetical order) is an overview of a dozen standout shorts screening at two of Nort...

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    315 Shorts Set For Palm Springs Fest

    The 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest announced its roster of 315 films, selected from more than 2,500 worldwide entries. Now in its 15th year, ShortFest will showcase 76 World Premieres, 43 North American Premieres and 14 U.S. Premieres. All selections are structured into 52 themed progra...

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    Short Films, Big Issues at Media That Matters

    The ninth annual Media That Matters Film Festival, one of the world's first and largest online film festivals, launches today with a collection of 12 short films "aimed at inspiring online audiences to think, laugh, and take action on today's top issues." This year's festival showcases twelve jury-s...

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    3 Weeks to Make a Short - And Then Hit the Red Carpet at the DGA

    With alumnae ranging from Maya Angelou to Moon Unit Zappa, the AFI Directing Workshop for Women has a reputation as an innovative and unique filmmaking training program for women of varied backgrounds. With great expectations of discovering new directing talent at this year's Red Carpet Showcase, a...

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    Shorts Monthly: Ten Exciting New Voices in Black Cinema

    While the mainstream press enthusiastically identifies Tyler Perry as the new voice of black cinema, industry insiders looking for the next Spike Lee are placing their bets on a young NYU student named Rashaad Ernesto Green. In the last few months, Green's award-winning student film "Premature" pla...

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    Tribeca Sets '09 Shorts Slate

    The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival has announced its line-up of short films. The Festival received 2463 short film submissions this year, and 46 have been selected for presentation in six "thematic programs": "Means To An End"; "Mixed Feelings"; "Wake Up Call"; "Truth or Consequences"; "Time Will Tell";...

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    Shorts Monthly: First Timers Dominate this Year's Oscar Short Film Derby

    In the live action, animation and documentary short film categories of the 81st Annual Academy Awards, only one nominated director has a track record. Documentary filmmaker Steven Okazaki, who helmed "The Conscience of Nhem En," already has two previous nominations and an Oscar on his curriculum vitae. The remaining twenty men and women hoping to take home a golden statue on February 22, 2009 are suiting up in their tuxes and donning their designer gowns to walk the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre for the very first time. No matter who gets to give a televised acceptance speech on Sunday, every single one of the filmmakers' careers has bee...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Don Hertzfeldt Tours the Nation with his Most Ambitious Short Ever

    Don Hertzfeldt is hitting the road. Having won the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award in Short Filmmaking for his epic short film "Everything will be ok," the 32-year-old animator of such instant-classic shorts as "Rejected," "The Meaning of Life," and "Billy's Balloon" is spending Octo...

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    Sundance Halts Online Fest Initiative; Short Filmmakers Kept in the Dark by Aggregator Mediastile

    The Sundance Film Festival has ended its relationship with new media aggregator Mediastile Inc. after the company repeatedly failed to send royalty payments and traffic reports to Sundance directors who screened films online via iTunes, Netflix and XBox LIVE. Over the weekend, Sundance organizers e-...

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    iW NEWS | "Mankind" Wins Tropfest

    Jason van Genderen's "Mankind Is No Island" - a 3-minute film that was shot entirely on a cell phone - took home the top $20,000 prize last night at Tropfest NY, the world's largest short film festival. Thousands turned out for the free, outdoor event to see the world premieres of eight short films....

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