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    SXSW Film Festival Shorts Lineup Announced

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival announced today this year's lineup of shorts. From over 2,800 submissions, the festival selected 130 shorts from around the world, divided into six categories: documentary, narrative, animated, experimental, music video and Texas High School Shorts (work by Texas teens). Shorts that will screen include TV personality Maria Menounos' "Longtime Listener," about an electronics store clerk who lives his life through talk radio and comic Bob Odenkirk's "Derek & Simon: The Pity Card," about a first date at a Holocaust museum. "From young filmmakers in Jamaica to animators plugging away on their own, to so...

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    Journal of Short Film Releases "Volume 2" DVD

    The Journal of Short Film recently announced its release of "Volume 2 (Winter 2006)." This DVD features a compilation of 11 shorts, including narratives, documentaries, experimental works, animation and "Walter Mondale doing hip hop." The Journal of Short Film, which models itself after a literary j...

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    Shorts Recognized at 28th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

    The 28th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival wrapped up last weekend in Clermont-Ferrand, France. "Fais de Beaux Reves" by Marilyne Canto received the Grand Prix in the festival's National Competition. "Le Mammouth Pobalski" by Jacques Mitsch received the Audience Prize in the same category. The category's Special Jury Prize was given to Samuel Collardey's "Du Soleil en Hiver." In the International Competition, "Medianeras" by Gustavo Taretto (Argentina) took top honors. "Hibernation" by John Williams (U.K.) was awarded the Audience Prize, and the Special Jury Prize went to Heng Tang's "The Last Chip" (Australia). Jacques Thelemaque's "Trans...

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    PARK CITY '06: With Challenge of Keeping It Brief, A Preview of Standout Shorts at Sundance

    For a quarter century the Sundance Film Festival has strived to become and remain a preeminent showcase for short filmmaking. This year, the short film programmers chose from an astounding 4,327 entries. For every film that made it, nearly 60 did not, and as usual with any film festival, the 73 selected narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts contain some real gems -- examples of why short filmmaking can be such a satisfying use of the medium. As the continued proliferation of inexpensive digital cameras and editing software makes filmmaking more accessible to all, the best shorts still show why fitting the perfect amount of ...

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    Sundance Unveils Short Film Lineup for '06 Fest

    A total of 73 short films -- dramatic, documentary, and animated -- will screen at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The shorts were selected from a total of 4,327 submitted for the upcoming festival, running January 19 - 19, in Utah. All of the films will also be available beginning on January 19th ...

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    Amazon.com and Tribeca Film Festival Name Five Finalists of Short Film Competition

    Amazon.com, Inc. and the Tribeca Film Festival have announced five finalists for the second Amazon Theater/Tribeca Film Festival Short-Film Competition. The group includes Owen Smith's "Battaglia," a tribute to writer Jeff Rose's grandfather and other Americans in the 88th Infantry Division of World War II; Greg Benson's Woody Allen/Spike Jonze/Monty Python-inspired "Coming Home"; Jack Paccione, Jr's action/comedy/horror film centered on table tennis, "Duel at Red Table"; Joseph Garner's "Meter Maids," a comedy set amidst the "cutthroat" world of parking enforcement officers; and Paul Matusheski's "Richter's Agenda," a thriller inspired by Al...

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    RESFEST 2005, Keeping It Curious

    For some, it's hard to imagine a festival which can program and fill a theater with festivalgoers watching 90 minutes of commercials, music videos, or a documentary about sneakers. Long ago, the folks at RESFEST recognized the appeal, evolution and dramatic advances in media and commercial art and the market that wants to see what's new in those fields. Kicking off its 9th year, as a touring festival, RESFEST offered an ambitious line-up of screenings, panels, product demos and guided tours in the TriBeCa district of New York City. Having dropped its "Digital Film Festival" tagline, RES organizers asserted that their name now can stand alon...

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    Dispatch From Brazil: Short Films In Abundance at Sao Paulo's Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metra

    "A long life for Brazilian cinema!" was the ironic cheer of the night at the opening of the 16th Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de Sao Paulo, the largest short film festival in Latin America. Despite being an invitation-only event, the theater was so full on opening night that guests filled the aisles and huddled into corners to watch the evening's selection of films. The scene repeated itself throughout the course of the festival: theaters filled to capacity with their fair share of organizational and technical snags, which were forgiven by the diversity and sheer volume of films on offer to the public. The ten-day festival, whic...

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    "Bluma", "Mantis", "China" Take Top Prizes at Palm Springs Shorts Fest

    The Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and Short Film Market concluded on September 26, with the "Best of Festival Award" - accompanied by a cash prize of $2,000 - going to American filmmaker Benjamin Ross' "Torte Bluma," about the relationship between a German commandant and the Jew...

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    5 Questions for Jennie Livingston, Director of "Paris Is Burning" and "Who's The Top?"

    When I first saw "Paris Is Burning" in Los Angeles in 1991 it blew me away. Not counting Michael Moore's "Roger & Me," it was the first true documentary, in this case a portrait of a group of New Yorkers who were part of the ball scene, I had ever seen in a movie theater. After it came out on vi...

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