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Shorts Are In The Air: Sundance Shorts Competition, Two German Oscar Nominees, and New Fest in LA

by Sydney Levine
January 20, 2014 11:24 AM
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Shorts are in the air.  Sundance has a Shorts Competition and Lucy Walker’s 15 minute doc is in it, The Lions Mouth Opens.  She did that great Brazilian doc Wasteland about the artist whose community organizing in the city dump created the greatest works of art coming out of Brazil and maybe the world, today. 

Also worth mentioning at Sundance is Love, Love, Love by Indian film student, Sandhya Daisy Sundaram.  A part of an omnibus for the upcoming feature Cinetrain, a Chris Marker inspired series of shorts (in this one she is exploring Russian female stereotypes) in which selected filmmakers go in winter on a train from Moscow to the Far, Far East and get off at the towns between to pursue their theme, reboarding the train where they must edit the film in one month's time.  Love, Love, Love's director Sandhya and I discussed women in Russia, in India and in the world at length and I highly recommend watching her film.  Here is the entire Shorts Film Program of Sundance 2014.

Love Love Love

Withoutabox just mentioned the Zero Film Festival for shorts, including student shorts.  And it’s local, that is, it’s in L.A. I’d advise all my students at Woodbury and any other ones reading this, to submit and hang out and begin networking there as Ground Zero.

I am amazed at the numbers of shorts…it is a trend worth watching because frankly, the American indies are getting pretty boring.  And we Americans have REALLY SHORT ATTENTION SPANS, so I think shorts is what we need.  Thank you YouTube, on which btw, I saw the sweetest video this morning at the gym about cows who were released from bondage and go bounding in happiness, like little lambs or happy dogs, they go BOUNDING through the Green Fields of Freedom and you know how good they feel! 

Room on the Broom producers Michael Rose and Martin Pope and directors Max Lang and Jan Lachauer win the Children’s BAFTA for Best Animation.
Room on the Broom producers Michael Rose and Martin Pope and directors Max Lang and Jan Lachauer win the Children’s BAFTA for Best Animation.

Here follows an article about the two German shorts which have received an Oscar Nomination:

Max Lang and Jan Lachauer have been nominated for an Oscar® in the category of Best Animated Short. They received the nomination for the British short film production Room On The Broom. This was announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Max Lang and Jan Lachauer are both graduates of the German Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. Max Lang had previously been nominated along with Jakob Schuh in 2011 for an Oscar® in the category of Best Animated Short for the British-German co-production The Gruffalo . Room On The Broom, produced by the UK-based Magic Light Pictures, was shot in the workshops of Studio Soi in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In 2013, the film won a BAFTA in the Children’s Animation category.

The 86th Oscar® awards ceremony takes place on the 2nd of March 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

On German Films:
German Films Service + Marketing is the national information and advisory centre for the international distribution of German films. The aim of German Films' activities is to raise the level of awareness for German cinema abroad via information services, lobbying, PR and marketing measures and to make it visible in the international media arena




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  • Casey | January 17, 2014 12:38 AMReply

    I believe Lucy Walker's documentary about the Brazilian artist was called "Waste Land"...Ms. Walker is a very talented filmmaker.

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