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Sundance 2013: The Shorts -- Works from Edgerton, Garai, Spurlock and Arriaga in the Mix

The Sundance Film Festival reveals 65 short films chosen for the 2013 programme running January 17-27. They were selected from a record 8,102 submissions, and will screen in US Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, Animated and New Frontier categories. Head of programming Trevor Groth states: "The selections represent the immensely varied and dynamic approaches to storytelling that will inspire audiences with their huge accomplishments within a limited timeframe.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 4, 2012 3:59 PM
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Academy Releases Shortlist of Ten Animated Shorts

The Academy has accepted ten animated short films to advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards out of fifty-six that qualified in the category.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 3:44 PM
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Louisiana Film Prize Showcases Filmmakers to Keep an Eye On

This weekend's inaugural Louisiana Film Prize, featuring 20 short films shot entirely in and around Shreveport-Bossier City, La., offered regular folks (myself included) a chance to vote on which film would receive the $50,000 grand prize. None of my favorites came away victorious, but they left me with some names to watch for in the future.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 8, 2012 3:46 PM
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Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest Poses a 30-Second Short Film Challenge

In an age of 140-character missives and abbreviated everything, brevity--it would seem--is the soul of communication. This year's Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest is a challenge for those with a knack for (short) turns of phrases, a contest to take 30 seconds of video and make an audience cry with laughter.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 11:27 AM
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Palm Springs Int'l Shortfest: Gus Van Sant's Early Shorts & Set Stories; Robert Elswit's Cinematography Master Class

The Palm Springs Shortfest 2012 has come to a close. As a first timer at the fest, I was treated to some wonderful films, a Master Class with cinematographer Robert Elswit, a great Q & A with the Spirit of Short Film award winner Gus Van Sant and, of course, the great company...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 26, 2012 3:52 PM
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UCLA 2012 TFT Film Festival Screens Selected Student Films

The UCLA School of Theater, FIlm & Television's 2012 UCLA TFT Film Festival will honor their Alumnus of the Year, filmmaker Julie Dash, and screen selected student films which will be given awards in a variety of categories, as chosen by their peers. It all kicks off June 8. Below are the selected students and their films. Here are more details.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 5, 2012 12:45 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Spacey, Whiskey and Sending the Elevator Back Down

Less than a year ago, Benjamin Leavitt moved to Austin, Texas. An aspiring filmmaker, Leavitt was looking to get back into the world of narrative film, but had few connections in his new home city. Tonight, eight months later, he'll attend the premiere of his new film "The Ventriloquist" at High Line Stages in New York's meatpacking district.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2012 1:14 PM
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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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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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