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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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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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Bermuda International Film Festival: Playing the Hits---and Shorts

Relatively speaking, if the New York Film Festival were the Bermuda International Film Festival, about 2 million people would be crowding into Lincoln Center every autumn.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 14, 2013 6:39 AM
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Watch: Sam Raimi's Resurrected Short Film Precursor to the Original 'Evil Dead'

As Sam Raimi has long hence entered the big-studio realm and we brace ourselves for Fede Alvarez's upcoming revamp of "The Evil Dead," a rarely seen early-80s short film by Raimi has resurrected online.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 5, 2013 3:18 PM
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Band OK Go Challenges Filmmakers to Make a Music Video for New Song 'I'm Not Through'

Band OK Go and company Saatchi and Saatchi are challenging emerging filmmakers to create a music video for "I'm Not Through," a brand-new song from the band's upcoming fourth album. Lead singer Damian Kulash has offered interested filmmakers a bit of inspiration, creating a montage of Instagram photos set to the new song, which can be viewed here.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 3:11 PM
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Louisiana Film Prize Announces iTunes and Festival Distribution Deal for Top Five Winners

The Louisiana Film Prize has announced that it will provide a distribution deal through Shorts International for the award winners. This means filmmakers will not only be competing for $50,000 -- one of the largest cash prizes for a shorts festival -- but also for a chance to further screen at the Dallas VideoFest, Sync Up Fest and the Hollywood Shorts Fest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2013 12:07 PM
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Oscar Q & A: Meet Tom Van Avermaet, Director of Darkly Glimmering Short 'Death of a Shadow' (TRAILER)

Of all the Oscar-nominated shorts, Tom Van Avermaet's gorgeous "Death of a Shadow" occupies the most complex and entrancing alternative reality. Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") plays Nathan Rijckx, a deceased WWI soldier stuck in a limbo where an intricate steam-punk machine selects each person's moment of death. He has a second chance at life if he agrees to work for a Grim Reaper figure who collects shadow images of the moment that people die. Rijckx agrees to shoot 10,000 shadows in order to return to life and find the woman he fell in love with at the moment he died.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 18, 2013 2:56 PM
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WATCH 'Adam and Dog': Exclusive Animated Oscar Short

Korean Minkyu Lee's Oscar-nominated animated short, "Adam and Dog," which won the Annie for best animated short last year, is available online.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 8, 2013 11:48 AM
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AMPAS Calls for Entries to the 2013 Student Academy Awards Competition

The Academy is now accepting entries for the 40th edition of the Student Academy Awards competition, which will hand out Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at a presentation on June 8.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2013 4:24 PM
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Watch: Umbrellas Need Love Too in Pixar's Rainy Short Film, 'The Blue Umbrella'

Pixar's animated short film "The Blue Umbrella" will debut in front of "Monsters University" when it hits theaters June 21.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2013 3:53 PM
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