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WATCH: Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Directs Blanchett, Redford, Ejiofor and Many More in 11 Gorgeous Short Films

Here's a nifty thing. Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski directed 11 very short films for the New York Times Magazine, and the Times has a released a behind-the-scenes video of Kaminski directing the likes of Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey, Adele Exarchopoulos, Forest Whitaker, Oscar Isaac, Greta Gerwig, Michael B. Jordan and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the projects. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 25, 2013 2:14 PM
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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 Shortfest Announces Award Winners

The Palm Springs International Shortfest has announced its winners; a total of $110,000 in prizes, including $16,000 in cash prizes, were awarded in 19 categories. Full list of winners below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 12:51 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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Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Star-Studded Lineup

The 2013 Palm Springs International Shortfest and Short Film Market has announced its showcase of 330 films, including 70 world premieres. This is the beginning of winnowing for the Oscars, as all films that win first place in the fest's four programs -- which span action, comedies, dramas, thrillers and more -- are Oscar eligible. An array of celebrities sprinkle the film lineup, including Cate Blanchett, Adam Driver, Lauren Ambrose, Mireille Enos, Elle Fanning and Emma Thompson.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2013 3:18 PM
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