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Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition Names Five Jury Prize Winners; Grand Prize Announced at Sundance

The five jury prize winners of the $200K Focus Forward Filmmaker competition have been announced. The Grand Jury Prize of $100K will be announced at a live awards ceremony on January 22 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2013 2:07 PM
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Watch: Roman Polanski's Striking 1957 Short Film 'Murder'

Check out Roman Polanski's student short film "Murder," made in 1957. Silent, black-and-white and only a minute in duration, the film shows what the title promises with queasy bluntness...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 3:46 PM
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Eleven Live-Action Short Films Advance in Oscar Race

The Academy announced today that 11 live-action shorts will advance in the voting process for the 85th Oscars. A tie in nominations balloting resulted in 11 films, as opposed to 10, being shortlisted. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 8:36 PM
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Weekend Recap: Jeremy Renner on SNL, 'Now You See Me' Trailer, Rome Fest Winners, Stoppard on Love, and PT Anderson SteadiCams

The weekend in review, from Jeremy Renner's SNL stint to Tom Stoppard's knowledge of "Anna Karenina" and a brief history of Paul Thomas Anderson's relationship with the SteadiCam.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 19, 2012 1:49 PM
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Academy Releases Shortlist of Ten Animated Shorts

The Academy has accepted ten animated short films to advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards out of fifty-six that qualified in the category.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 3:44 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse Wants You To Fight a Cinematic Disease: Make a 'No Talking, No Texting' PSA & Win Prizes (VIDEO)

Alamo Drafthouse's latest Filmmaking Frenzy: "Don't Talk or Text During Movies." In line with their "No Talking, No Texting" policy in theaters, Alamo is waging war against this "cinematic disease" by giving filmmakers and fans the chance to make their own "Don't Talk" PSA. Watch the promo video, with the likes of Nicolas Winding Refn and Jason Reitman, below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2012 2:57 PM
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Cinema Eye Honors Names Ten Finalists for Outstanding Short Film Award 2013

Cinema Eye names the ten finalists for its 2013 Outstanding Short Film Award, as chosen by a committee of international film festival programmers. The nonfiction films are listed below. Five of the finalists will be announced as nominees in October, prior to the 6th Annual Cinena Eye Honors in January.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2012 6:23 PM
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'Sexting' Q &A: LaBute Talks One Shot Performances and the Athletics of Acting [Video]

Clearly, with "Sexting" and "After School Special" Neil LaBute ("Nurse Betty," "The Wicker Man," "Death at a Funeral") enjoyed experimenting in a short medium. We talked to him about shorts' liberating power, capturing a theatrical performance on the screen, and never asking the audience to like his characters.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 27, 2012 12:41 PM
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Interview: Rupert Friend Talks Directing Short Film Debut 'Steve,' Starring Knightley and Firth

In Rupert Friend's short movie "Steve," the first-time director uses his sixteen minutes of film to put a tense twist on a slice-of-life portrait of neighbors interacting in a anonymous city. "Steve" is part of the Stars in Shorts series premiering this Friday.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 26, 2012 11:45 AM
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Review: Seven Shorts Showcase Rare Performances from Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Jason Alexander, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh

This fall, ShortsHD will present a collection of several brief films unambiguously titled "Stars in Shorts." Each of these otherwise unconnected seven films features big name talent including Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Tom Hiddleston, Keira Knightly, Kenneth Branagh, Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, and others. The seven films, reviewed below, will premiere in theaters on September 28th, followed by an iTunes/Pay Per View release on October 9.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 19, 2012 7:24 PM
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