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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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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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