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Cannes 2012: Cinéfondation Announces Winning Short Films from Russia, U.S. and Cuba

The Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury at Cannes, led by Jean-Pierre Dardenne ("The Kid with the Bike") has named its first, second and third place winners. Russian Taisia Igumentseva's "Doroga Na" ("The Road To") took the top prize...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 25, 2012 11:58 AM
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Watch: Jennifer Garner and Alfred Molina Star in Rodrigo Garcia's Short Film 'Serena'

Jennifer Garner stars with Alfred Molina in short film "Serena," posted below, from director Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs," "In Treatment"). The twelve-minute short features Garner as a quietly deranged woman, desperately seeking attention from her priest by cataloguing a series of tormented confessions...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 22, 2012 2:35 PM
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2012 Student Academy Awards Selects Foreign Winners

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected three international student film winners, from 51 entries representing 29 countries for the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award recipients for a week of industry activities.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 11, 2012 4:17 PM
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HBO/New York Int'l Latino Film Festival Call for Entries for Short Film Competition

HBO and the New York Int'l Latino Film Festival are accepting entries of original scripts for their annual Short Film Competition. The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition will award $15,000 and mentoring for a grand prize winner to produce and direct an original-scripted short film that will later be screened at the New York Int'l Film Festival and possibly on HBO. Entries must be received by May 18, 2012. See entry restrictions below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 24, 2012 11:51 AM
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Tribeca 2012 Shorts Lineup includes Men-Hattan Program with Labute's 'Bff' and Burns' 'Doggy Bags'

Tribeca announces the lineup for its 2012 shorts program. Of the sixty shorts (selected from 2,800 submitted films), twenty-six will be making their world premiere. The films will play in nine thematic programs - five narrative, three documentary and one experimental...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 13, 2012 1:00 PM
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Louisiana Launches LA Film Prize Weekend, Wants to Spark an Indie Revolution

Louisiana announces its inaugural LA Film Prize Festival Weekend and its $50,000 Grand Prize. The festival will run October 5-7 and will feature short films by anyone in the world - but shot within the Shreveport-Bossier area. The submission deadline is July 9; on August 9 twenty films will be selected to screen at the festival...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 11:52 AM
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Aspen Shortsfest Celebrates 20 Years; Festival Runs April 10-15

The Aspen Shortsfest, celebrating its 20th year, runs in Colorado at the Wheeler Opera House April 10-15. Indiewire considers the fest one of the top 50 in the world, with its showcase of short drama, comedy, animation and documentary films. On March 14 the fest's full program will be announced here. Shortfest's juried International Competition qualifies winners for Academy Award consideration. Here's ticket information. Catch a peak of last year's fest below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 12:53 PM
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Video: Oscar-Winning Short 'Saving Face' Debuts on HBO March 8

The Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short, "Saving Face," will debut on HBO March 8. On the Oscar red carpet, I spoke to filmmakers Daniel Junge and Pakistani Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy -- the first Pakistani to be nominated for an Oscar, much less win one
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 27, 2012 4:29 PM
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Sundance First Look: "Short Films, Big Ideas" and the Three-Minute Filmmaker Challenge

Maybe the best ideas do come in short films. That's the notion behind the Focus Forward which is launching its Filmmaker Challenge. The Filmmaker Challenge will select five winners, determined by a professional jury.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 23, 2012 3:28 PM
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A Brilliantly Silly Short Video Remix: 'Hello'

To brighten your day, Nic Cage, Elvis, Liam Neeson, Kim Novak and Woody Allen have collaborated in perfect harmony in this short video remix. Well... not exactly, but Dutch artist Matthijs Vlot spliced together dozens of movie clips--combining phrases to ultimately create the lyrics of a 1980s hit. It's iconic, ironic, and endlessly watchable.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 19, 2012 1:19 PM
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