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    iW NEWS | Ann Arbor Set for 46th Fest

    The 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival is set to kick-off on March 25th in Michigan, opening with a selection of short films from this year's festival. On tap are Michael Langan's "Doxology," Daniel Robin's "My Olympic Summer," Osbert Parker's "Yours Truly," Luke Sieczek's "Phantom," Georg Koszulinski's "...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Oscar-Nominated Short Film Directors Bask in the Spotlight

    On Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Curtis Hanson hosted the Academy's pre-ceremony screening of the nominated live action and animated short films. With directors and producers of eight of the ten films in attendance, the sold-out event was a rare opportunity for the filmmakers to see each other's work and for the audience to hear what inspired these Oscar-caliber stories. The one-time-only gathering also drove home the point that none of this year's honorees are from the United States, and only one producer and one director have ever been nominated before. "We are seeing the future," announced ...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Short Film Superstars of 2007

    2007 has been a very good year for short film viewers. Not only did the festival circuit deliver another amazing crop of winning films, every exhibition format offered up something remarkable to watch. Two hundred movie theaters nationwide unspooled Paris-themed shorts directed by the Coen Brothers ...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Rare and Unseen Short Films Find a Home on the McSweeney's Wholphin DVD Label

    Spike Jonze's portrait of 1999-era Al Gore, Alexander Payne's student film, and a four-minute piece directed by Steven Soderbergh simply titled "Building No. 7," these are just a few of the shorts to be found on Wholphin, a DVD series created by Brent Hoff and Dave Eggers of McSweeney's. With the f...

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    SHORTS COLUMN: East Coast and West Coast Bust Out Signature Short Film Showcases in October

    Three years ago, a group of filmmakers in New York City decided to create a Big Apple-based short film festival, which they nicknamed NYC Shorts. This year, the 3rd annual installment of the New York City Short Film Festival takes place October 24 - 27 with 17 of the scheduled 31 shorts slated as NY...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | British Filmmakers Reign Supreme at North America's Three Biggest Short Film Fests

    From June 12 to 17, the Canadian Film Centre hosted the 13th annual Worldwide Short Film Festival, inviting 265 shorts from more than 30 countries to screen in Toronto, Ontario. Two months later in California, 332 films from over 40 countries screened at the 2007 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (August 23-29), followed a month later by 700 shorts at the 11th annual LA Shortsfest (September 5 - 17). With such an overcrowded field, it's remarkable that UK filmmaker Simon Ellis walked away with both the Best Live Action Short Award at the Canadian fest and the Best of Festival laurel at Palm Springs for his fifteen-minute dram...

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    iW NEWS | "Foul" Wins Top Prize at Palm Springs Shorts Fest

    British director Simon Ellis' short about a weak father encountering a gang of teen thugs, "Soft" won the "Best of Festival Award" at the 2007 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. The $2,000 prize also includes eligibility for Oscar consideration. Dee Rees' "Pariah" took the festival's "Future Filmmaker Award ($2,000 and "showbiz software package"). The fest's "Panavision Grand Jury Award went to Moon Molson's "Pop Foul," which also won a Student Academy Award. The Panavision prize includes a package valued at $60,000 and two days studio time from Casablanca Studios in Palm Springs. In announced audience prizes, the award for l...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Summer Shorts: Beat the Heat with Two Online Short Film Festivals

    During these dog days of summer, air-conditioned movie theaters function as an oasis for those eager to escape the sweltering heat. Viewers of short films, however, aren't restricted to the multiplex when they want to enjoy a cool cinematic treat. They can chill out anywhere, thanks to SXSWclick and...

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    iW NEWS | Palm Springs Short Fest Sets '07 Line up

    Showcasing its 13th edition August 23 - 29, the 2007 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest) has unveiled its roster of 332 films from 35 countries. Included in the line up are 54 world premieres as well as 12 North American and 20 U.S. debuts. The selection is organized into 50 themed programs which cover a variety of topics including war, security issues, immigration, animation, crime, romance, sex, horror, musicals, Jewish-related issues and gay and lesbian life among others. Also this year is a special focus on films from the United Kingdom as well as Kenya. "This year's line-up exemplifies the e...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | "Pariah" Leads The Pack of Outstanding Shorts at Outfest '07

    Outfest '07, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival running July 12 - 23, boasts twelve short film programs brimming with what the festival's website optimistically labels as "world premieres." One such gem, "Pariah," actually made its local debut a few weeks earlier at the Los Angeles Film Fe...

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