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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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Amsterdam Film Festival Awards

Congrats to TOH contributor Sophia Savage, pictured here with the "Bellflower" boys Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson, for winning the World Cinema directing prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival for her Kickstarter-funded debut short film "Empyrian," which she also wrote and stars in, along with Dawson. All the 2013 winners are here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2013 4:44 PM
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Exclusive: ShortsHD To Premiere The Short Films of Matthew Modine on ITunes Worldwide

ShortsHD, The Short Movie Channel and distributor of Oscar nominated shorts, will make available for pre-order a collection of six of actor-filmmaker Matthew Modine's short films on iTunes in 54 countries as of Wednesday, downloadable June 4. Three of the six shorts premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but have never been commercially released. ITunes will release "The Short Films of Matthew Modine" collection the same way they do features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 1:39 PM
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Seattle International Film Festival Announces 2013 ShortsFest Award Winners

The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, currently running through June 9, has selected the winners for the ShortsFest Competition in the live-action, animation and documentary categories. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 29, 2013 1:12 PM
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Tribeca Review: Experimental Shorts Series 'Let There Be Light' Turns the Simple Into the Intense

Thirteen experimental short films screened in the "Let There Be Light: The Cycles of Life" series at the Tribeca Film Festival. Each of the films was loosely connected by the "profound artistic influence of light" in film. Some of the films highlighted the power of sunlight, flickering through trees or dousing harvests. Others took inspiration from artificial light sources or the moon's glow. Each of them relied on relatively simple imagery and narration in order to tap into something mythic and intense.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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Academy Opens All 24 Categories to All Voting Members

The rule change dictates that prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2013 4:16 PM
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