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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

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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Telluride Film Festival: Last Call for Submissions this July; Fest Runs September 2-5

The Telluride Film Festival issues its last call for 2011 submissions. The deadlines to submit to this class-act four-day festival over Labor Day weekend (September 2-5) are:SHORTS AND STUDENT FILMS DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011 FEATURES DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 29, 2011 8:07 AM
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Palm Springs International ShortFest: The Road to Hollywood, Oscar

After taking part in an engaging trade media panel for some of the 400 or so shorts filmmakers who flocked to the 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest, I not only walked away with a stack of screeners, but when I returned to the Ace Hotel in the baking heat for a cool dip, realized with horror that many of the same filmmakers were lounging in the pool.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 28, 2011 6:32 AM
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AFI-Discovery Channel's Silverdocs Fest Announces Audience Award Winners: Donor Unknown, Mr. Happy

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Fest's Audience Award winners for 2011 are Jerry Rothwell's Donor Unknown, which won the Feature Audience Award, and Matt Morris's Mr. Happy Man, which won in the Shorts category. Award-winning and Festival favorites will play at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center this week along with Guggenheim Retrospective screenings.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 27, 2011 5:10 AM
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LAFF Jury: Lynn Shelton, Daniel Waters, Jeff Malmberg, Lisa Gay Hamilton

The Los Angeles Film Festival's 2011 narrative competition jurors include director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance; pictured), Eric Nakamura (Head/Founder of Giant Robot), and screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2011 7:50 AM
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Picton Picturefest's Inaugural Event: Lineup Opens with Swinton Curated Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

A film fest and "cinephile retreat," the inaugural Piction Picturefest in Prince Edward County, Ontario, will run from July 7-10. The event will include films, workshops, youth education and camping.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 7, 2011 5:28 AM
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