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Academy Shortlists Eight Doc Shorts

Academy Shortlists Eight Doc Shorts
The Academy documentary branch has selected eight documentary shorts from 35 eligible entries, of which three to five will earn Oscar nominations on January 24. At this year's Ashland Film Festival, the best of ten doc shorts went to The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, whose co-director Gail Dolgin died last October after a decade-long bout with cancer. In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution, a timely doc about the Arab Spring, was screened at the NYFF (pictured, here's indieWIRE review).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2011 10:40 AM
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Tim Hetherington Among Finalists for Cinema Eye's Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Award

Tim Hetherington Among Finalists for Cinema Eye's Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Award
Cinema Eye names the eleven finalists for its Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking. Five official nominees will be named on October 26, 2011, and a winner will be announced January 11 at the 5th Annual Cinema Eye Honors in NYC. This marks the second year Cinema Eye has recognized films in the nonfiction short category. Vance Malone's The Pool Trainer was last year's winner.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2011 5:06 AM
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Focus Features' Africa First Program Announces Winners of $10,000 Grants

Focus Features' Africa First short film program announces fourth set of winners. Each filmmaker--of African nationality and residence--will receive $10,000 and will be networked with and mentored by leaders of the African film community.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 6, 2011 7:12 AM
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Queue Up the Oscar Wannabes: Sally Kirkland Strikes Again

Hope springs eternal. Each time an underdog character actor pushes into surprise Oscar contention, it brings back the hope that anything is possible. Especially when a micro-indie boasts an Oscar-nominee, publicists send movie scribes pitches like this one (pasted below), for a live-action short starring Sally Kirkland, who famously landed a nomination for Anna by taking out her own ads. One note to publicists: "surefire" is the one word you should never use in a pitch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2011 11:34 AM
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Short Subject Documentary Film Entries Due September 1 for 2011 Oscars

Short Subject Documentary Film Entries Due September 1 for 2011 Oscars
Documentary filmmakers must submit their short subjects to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the deadline of Thursday, September 1 for consideration for the 84th Academy Awards.To be eligible, the documentaries must complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in either Los Angeles County or in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011. All paperwork must be completed and received by the Academy no later than 30 days after the end of the qualifying run. For films completing their qualifying run after August 1, all paperwork, including legal contracts, must be completed and received by the Academy by 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2011 5:35 AM
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HollyShorts Winner: Downtempo Fairy Tale Takes Top Prize

HollyShorts Winner: Downtempo Fairy Tale Takes Top Prize
The 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival announced 2011's class of short film winners in a standing room only awards ceremony Thursday night. The HollyShorts Best Overall Short Film went to Mrs. Peppercorn's Magical Reading Room, posted below. Mike LeHan's eerie, sepia-toned film shows the persistence of childish curiosity in the face of a mystery: it's a mix of the rational wondering of Harry Potter and the acquiescent observing of the girl lead from Pan's Labyrinth.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 19, 2011 8:29 AM
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Learn, Move, Eat: Three Short Films to Make You Wish You Didn't Have To Work

Hungry? You will be after watching this short film, "Eat," one of a series also including "Move" and "Learn," made by Rick Mereki, Tim White and Andrew Lees (shot in 44 days, 11 countries, across 38,000 miles, by way of 18 flights). Lucky boys. [via BrainPickings] EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 8, 2011 5:56 AM
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Sundance Institute Brings Comedy ShortLab to Hollywood

Robert Redford's Sundance Fest was born to be different, down to its roots in the Utah Rocky Mountains. This summer fest parent the Sundance Institute is moving one of its famed labs into the heart of Hollywood.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 22, 2011 4:26 AM
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Vote in Austin Film Festival's Where I'm From Short Film Contest

Vote in Austin Film Festival's Where I'm From Short Film Contest
It's no secret that Many American states, especially the largest ones, exhibit a certain schizophrenia when it comes to the diverse millions that live within their borders. Take Texas, at once a bastion of renegade conservatism and home to liberal, artsy college town Austin.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 19, 2011 2:30 AM
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Oh The (Female) Horror! Viscera Film Festival Launches in LA

Oh The (Female) Horror! Viscera Film Festival Launches in LA
The Viscera Film Festival, featuring horror shorts made by femme directors, launches this weekend in Los Angeles. Running the gamut from hard-to-watch gross-out gore to slowly suspenseful, this festival proves that “women can be just as twisted, emotionally grinding, terror-inducing and splatter spewing as men," states the Viscera Fest.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 7:47 AM
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