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WATCH: 'Gravity' Short by Jonas Cuaron Is Eligible as Oscar Live-Action Short (VIDEO)

Last time I saw "Gravity" co-writer Jonas Cuaron, I asked him when we could see the short "Aningaaq" that he made to accompany his father Alfonso's film, which is kicking ass at the box office all over the world ($500 million and counting) and is one of two Oscar frontrunners so far. He said they were working on it. And so they were.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 20, 2013 5:07 PM
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Ten Animated Shorts Make Academy Shortlist (TRAILERS)

The Academy has narrowed down its animated shorts category to 10 films. Trailers below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2013 2:03 PM
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AFI FEST Reveals New Auteurs and Shorts Selections

AFI FEST 2013 has made an international selection of films for the New Auteurs and Shorts sections at this year’s festival (November 7 through 14).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 1:59 PM
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A Guide to the Oscar Short List of Eight Documentary Shorts (TRAILERS)

The documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders to eight films from 40 eligible entries for the 86th Academy Awards. Three to five will earn Oscar nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2013 4:18 PM
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82 Short Silent Films are Screening in Toronto Subway Platforms

Beginning this morning, as TIFF kicks off above ground, the Toronto subway system will act as a subterranean art house, screening 82 silent films for commuters waiting for their trains.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 6, 2013 1:02 PM
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WATCH: Rare Buster Keaton Footage Unearthed (VIDEO)

Historian Fernando Pena has made a rare find, reports Scott Foundas in Variety. Pena has unearthed an alternate European cut with French intertitles of silent comedy star Buster Keaton’s 1922 short “The Blacksmith," one of the countless two-reelers Keaton made for producer Joseph M. Schenck. This is an unusual case where two versions of the short--filmed with two side by side cameras-- are very different, including never before seen gags.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 17, 2013 1:50 PM
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Palm Springs International Festival of Shorts: Panels, Experts, Sharp Intel

The best place to see the big ol’ Super Moon this weekend was probably Palm Springs, which was definitely the best place to watch the 300-odd shorts films assembled by Kathleen McInnis and the big ol’ Palm Springs International Festival of – yes -- Short Films. While the locals went to the movies, the hundreds of attending shorts-makers -- especially those who don’t want to remain shorts-makers -- networked, partied (same thing) and availed themselves of the panels McInnis coordinates each year, in an effort to provide news-you-can-use for fledgling directors, producers and writers.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 23, 2013 9:59 PM
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Amsterdam Film Festival Awards

Congrats to TOH contributor Sophia Savage, pictured here with the "Bellflower" boys Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson, for winning the World Cinema directing prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival for her Kickstarter-funded debut short film "Empyrian," which she also wrote and stars in, along with Dawson. All the 2013 winners are here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2013 4:44 PM
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Exclusive: ShortsHD To Premiere The Short Films of Matthew Modine on ITunes Worldwide

ShortsHD, The Short Movie Channel and distributor of Oscar nominated shorts, will make available for pre-order a collection of six of actor-filmmaker Matthew Modine's short films on iTunes in 54 countries as of Wednesday, downloadable June 4. Three of the six shorts premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but have never been commercially released. ITunes will release "The Short Films of Matthew Modine" collection the same way they do features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 1:39 PM
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Tribeca Review: Experimental Shorts Series 'Let There Be Light' Turns the Simple Into the Intense

Thirteen experimental short films screened in the "Let There Be Light: The Cycles of Life" series at the Tribeca Film Festival. Each of the films was loosely connected by the "profound artistic influence of light" in film. Some of the films highlighted the power of sunlight, flickering through trees or dousing harvests. Others took inspiration from artificial light sources or the moon's glow. Each of them relied on relatively simple imagery and narration in order to tap into something mythic and intense.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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