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Oscar Watch: Director Patrick Doyon Talks Animated Short "Sunday"

What it feels like to be going to the Oscars: "It's surreal. I didn't expect it to happen when I was making the film—I just wanted it to be the best it could be. The Oscar nomination is like the cherry on the sundae."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 9, 2012 10:56 AM
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SXSW Announces Lineup of Midnighters and Short Films

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival unveiled the features to be screened as part of its Midnighters program as well as a complete list of the short films accepted into the fest. This year's SXSW takes place March 9-17 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 3:10 PM
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Oscar Watch: Directors Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Talk Animated Short "Wild Life"

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis's Oscar-nominated animated short "Wild Life" is anything but conventional. Set in 1909, it follows a young Brit who travels to the great adventurous unknown that is Canada, eager to make a life for himself as a rancher. Once he arrives, however, he finds his rarefied upbringing hasn't prepared him for his new life.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 2:06 PM
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Pixar's 'La Luna,' Timeless Coming of Age Fable from Director Enrico Casarosa

Here's a first look at Pixar's latest short film, La Luna, which premiered at the Annecy International Animation Festival, running June 6-11. The short's director and Head of Story, Enrico Casarosa, began with Pixar in 2002, working as a story artist on Cars, followed by Ratatouille and Up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2012 8:52 PM
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Oscar-nominated Shorts to Screen Theatrically on February 10

ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures are teaming up for the theatrical release of the 2012 Oscar-nominated short firms, including those for animation, live action and documentary.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 26, 2012 10:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Cinelan's Focus Forward Doc Initiative

Last October we announced GE and Cinelan's documentary initiative, Focus Forward. Check out this video featuring the directors of the thirty upcoming 3-minute films, including "Super Size Me"'s Morgan Spurlock, "Wasteland"'s Lucy Walter, "Shut Up & Sing"'s Barbara Kopple, "Paradise Lost"'s Joe Berlinger and many more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2012 3:09 PM
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A Brilliantly Silly Short Video Remix: 'Hello'

To brighten your day, Nic Cage, Elvis, Liam Neeson, Kim Novak and Woody Allen have collaborated in perfect harmony in this short video remix. Well... not exactly, but Dutch artist Matthijs Vlot spliced together dozens of movie clips--combining phrases to ultimately create the lyrics of a 1980s hit. It's iconic, ironic, and endlessly watchable.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 19, 2012 1:19 PM
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Terry Gilliam Short "The Wholly Family" To Screen Online on January 23

It'd be a mistake for anyone to call one-time Monty Python member Terry Gilliam a conventional filmmaker, but with his new short, "The Wholly Family," the imaginative director is now trying something completely different: an online screening of the film, made possible by sponsor The Guardian.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 17, 2012 4:28 PM
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Inside the Cinema Eye Awards: Winners Hetherington, 'Beginners,' 'Interrupters'; James Says Documentary is 'Not a Genre'

On Wednesday night the Cinema Eye honors were presented, recognizing many documentery and independent films - from Steve James' "The Interrupters" (Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking and Direction) and the late Tim Heatherington's short "Diary"...
  • By Charles Lyons and Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 2:15 PM
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HollyShorts 2012 Now Accepting Submissions for August Fest

The HollyShorts Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, in its 8th year, runs August 9-16. Last year's fest featured work from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Neil Labute and Kate Hudson. Cash prizes are given for Best Short, Director, Music Video and Commercial, and $30,000 in post production serves are given by Company 3.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 1:58 PM
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