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2012 Student Academy Awards Selects Foreign Winners

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected three international student film winners, from 51 entries representing 29 countries for the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award recipients for a week of industry activities.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 11, 2012 4:17 PM
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HBO/New York Int'l Latino Film Festival Call for Entries for Short Film Competition

HBO and the New York Int'l Latino Film Festival are accepting entries of original scripts for their annual Short Film Competition. The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition will award $15,000 and mentoring for a grand prize winner to produce and direct an original-scripted short film that will later be screened at the New York Int'l Film Festival and possibly on HBO. Entries must be received by May 18, 2012. See entry restrictions below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 24, 2012 11:51 AM
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Tribeca 2012 Shorts Lineup includes Men-Hattan Program with Labute's 'Bff' and Burns' 'Doggy Bags'

Tribeca announces the lineup for its 2012 shorts program. Of the sixty shorts (selected from 2,800 submitted films), twenty-six will be making their world premiere. The films will play in nine thematic programs - five narrative, three documentary and one experimental...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 13, 2012 1:00 PM
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LACMA Hosts Young Directors Night, Showcasing Seven Short Films from L.A. Student Filmmakers

LACMA hosted its eleventh annual Young Directors Night on Saturday evening, showcasing seven short films from student filmmakers around Los Angeles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 11, 2012 4:40 PM
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Louisiana Launches LA Film Prize Weekend, Wants to Spark an Indie Revolution

Louisiana announces its inaugural LA Film Prize Festival Weekend and its $50,000 Grand Prize. The festival will run October 5-7 and will feature short films by anyone in the world - but shot within the Shreveport-Bossier area. The submission deadline is July 9; on August 9 twenty films will be selected to screen at the festival...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 11:52 AM
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Video: Watch 'Frankenweenie' Trailer and Tim Burton's Career-Starting 1984 Original

Tim Burton's animated "Frankenweenie" doesn't arrive until October 5, but check out the new trailer (as well as the original 1984 thirty minute live-action short film, which launched Burton's career), below. Last year, many cities (including LA and NY, at LACMA and MoMA respectively) were treated to a retrospective exhibition of Tim Burton's work, from his early sketches and notebooks to the costume worn by Johnny Depp in "Edward Scissorhands."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 4:40 PM
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Video: Actress-Turned-Nun Dolores Hart Attends the Oscars with HBO Short 'God is the Bigger Elvis'

Academy member Dolores Hart, 73, the Hollywood ingenue who kissed Elvis Presley in "Loving You" and Jim Hutton (Tim's Dad) in "Where the Boys Are," made her first appearance at the Oscars Sunday, accompanying HBO's documentary short nominee "God is the Bigger Elvis."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2012 2:40 PM
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Aspen Shortsfest Celebrates 20 Years; Festival Runs April 10-15

The Aspen Shortsfest, celebrating its 20th year, runs in Colorado at the Wheeler Opera House April 10-15. Indiewire considers the fest one of the top 50 in the world, with its showcase of short drama, comedy, animation and documentary films. On March 14 the fest's full program will be announced here. Shortfest's juried International Competition qualifies winners for Academy Award consideration. Here's ticket information. Catch a peak of last year's fest below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 12:53 PM
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Weekend Oscar Party Trawl UPDATED SPIRITS PICS

Sunday night after the Oscars I went to the Governor's Ball, where Tony Bennett sang four songs, raw seafood was piled high on ice, and towers of chocolate flowed along with the champagne. Academy execs Dawn Hudson and Ric Robertson were relieved to have endured a long and turbulent Oscar reason...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2012 7:15 PM
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Michael Fassbender Joins Ridley Scott's Your Film Festival as Juror and Co-Executive Producer; Video

Ridley Scott just got a mighty fine partner in crime for his new Your Film Festival, naming its first winner at this year's Venice Film Festival; Michael Fassbender will help the director-producer co-executive producer and choose the Grand Prize Winner of the Your Film Festival competition...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 12:57 PM
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