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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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First Look: YouTube Short Film Competition Aims for Venice Film Fest

YouTube is the place for randomly generated hilarity: falling cats, Rebecca Black ballads, and singing toddlers. But YouTube wants to change this perception. By launching a short film competition, YouTube is making an effort to find new talent, as opposed to accidental meme-generators.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 19, 2012 6:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Cinelan's Focus Forward Doc Initiative

Last October we announced GE and Cinelan's documentary initiative, Focus Forward. Check out this video featuring the directors of the thirty upcoming 3-minute films, including "Super Size Me"'s Morgan Spurlock, "Wasteland"'s Lucy Walter, "Shut Up & Sing"'s Barbara Kopple, "Paradise Lost"'s Joe Berlinger and many more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2012 3:09 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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Terry Gilliam Short "The Wholly Family" To Screen Online on January 23

It'd be a mistake for anyone to call one-time Monty Python member Terry Gilliam a conventional filmmaker, but with his new short, "The Wholly Family," the imaginative director is now trying something completely different: an online screening of the film, made possible by sponsor The Guardian.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 17, 2012 4:28 PM
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Inside the Cinema Eye Awards: Winners Hetherington, 'Beginners,' 'Interrupters'; James Says Documentary is 'Not a Genre'

On Wednesday night the Cinema Eye honors were presented, recognizing many documentery and independent films - from Steve James' "The Interrupters" (Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking and Direction) and the late Tim Heatherington's short "Diary"...
  • By Charles Lyons and Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 2:15 PM
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HollyShorts 2012 Now Accepting Submissions for August Fest

The HollyShorts Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, in its 8th year, runs August 9-16. Last year's fest featured work from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Neil Labute and Kate Hudson. Cash prizes are given for Best Short, Director, Music Video and Commercial, and $30,000 in post production serves are given by Company 3.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 1:58 PM
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VIDEO WATCH: 'Tangled Ever After' Ties the Knot

Aww. Happily ever after hits a roadblock in "Tangled Ever After," a 3D short film that will screen in front of "Beauty and the Beast 3D" starting January 13.  Are they testing the water for a "Tangled 2"? The Rapunzel-inspired "Tangled" made $586.6 million worldwide for Disney.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2012 4:10 PM
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Sundance Short Films 2012: "Outrageously Distinctive with Uncompromised Spirit"

The Sundance Film Festival selected 64 shorts from 7,675 submissions for its 2012 Short Film program of US and foreign films, in Narrative, Animated and Documentary categories, as well as the New Frontiers section.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2011 4:00 PM
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Concrete Jungles: Doc Short Reimagines the High Rise

“One Millionth Tower” is a visually spectacular Web documentary by Canadian filmmaker Katerina Cizek that reimagines the fate of the dilapidating modern high-rise, a building form that houses over a billion people worldwide.   The six and a half minute short concentrates on a Toronto concrete high rise, Kipling Avenue, home to some 20,000 people. The film mixes photographs of the high rises with whimsical animation that brings these concrete structures to life, communicating the vibrancy of the high-rise through virtual landscapes. “One Millionth Tower” filmmakers spent two years interviewing residents with delicate attentiveness; the animation is sourced from apartment denizens' sketches of ways to improve their home. As the third installment of short web documentaries from the HIGHRISE project (others include “One Thousandth Tower” and “Out My Window”) this short film shows the power of film to transform our world.  Watch "One Millionth Tower" here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 5, 2011 11:47 AM
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