The 2016 Sundance Film Festival announced the winners of the jury prizes in short filmmaking, with the Short Film Grand Jury Prize going to Thunder Road by director and screenwriter Jim Cummings. This year’s Short Film jurors are: star and co-creator of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, Keegan-Michael Key; development executive at Amazon Studios, Gina Kwon; and chief film critic for MTV, Amy Nicholson. 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Awards: The Short Film […]
The 2016 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 21 to 31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah, announced its full lineup of 72 short films. Among the short films the Festival has shown in recent years are World of Tomorrow, Whiplash, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom and Fishing Without Nets. This year’s short film lineup will include both a Midnight and a New Frontier section, tying into the Festival’s other […]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Ave Maria,” Basil Khalil, director, and Eric Dupont, producer (Incognito Films) “Bad Hunter,” Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Dries Phlypo, producer (A Private […]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®. Sixty pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso),” Gabriel Osorio, director, and Pato Escala, producer (Punkrobot Animation Studio) “Carface (Autos Portraits),” Claude Cloutier, director (National Film Board of […]
Four filmmakers, Alexis Michalik, Byoung-Gon Moon, Damian Walshe-Howling and Pippa Bianco, are winners of the 2015 Lexus Short Films series, sponsored by Lexus and The Weinstein Company, at the Napa Valley Film Festival. The four finalists will also receive promotional theatrical distribution for their short films, participate in a tour of top film festivals around the world and receive an at-home filmmaking and editing suite. The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said, “The Lexus Short Films […]
BODY TEAM 12, winner of the Tribeca Film Festival award for best documentary short has been acquired by HBO Documentary Films and will debut on HBO in February 2016. BODY TEAM 12, recently nominated for an International Documentary Association award for best short, is directed by journalist-filmmaker and RYOT Co-Founder David Darg, who put his life at risk by embedding with a team of heroic Liberian Red Cross workers tasked with collecting the dead during […]
COSMIC SCRAT-TASTROPHE short featuring ICE AGE’s Scrat screened in 2D and 3D exclusively with The Peanuts Movie in theaters on November 6, and now Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox have released the full version online. Scrat journeys where no ICE AGE character has gone before in COSMIC SCRAT-TASTROPHE. The consequences of Scrat’s antics are always momentous, and this time he’s creating his own version of the Big Bang. Scrat’s epic pursuit of the […]
Renaissance Hotels and Marriott’s Content Studio have partnered with Substance Over Hype to produce a new comedy short film, BUSINESS UNUSUAL. Business Unusual will have a global multiplatform release in early 2016, including a limited theatrical release. The 12-minute film, shot throughout Chicago and on location at the newly transformed Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, boasts an impressive cast including Yoshua Sudarso (“Power Rangers Dino Charge”), Jason Gerhardt (“General Hospital,” ABC’s “Mistresses”), Grant Bowler (“Defiance,” “True Blood,” and […]
Ten nonfiction short films were announced today as finalists for the 2016 Cinema Eye Honors, the 9th edition of the largest annual celebration for and recognition of the nonfiction film artform and the creators of those films. The announcement of the 2016 Cinema Eye Shorts List was made on the opening day of the 2015 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), a key festival partner of the Cinema Eye Honors. For the second year in a […]
The Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC will feature a one-week run, from October 14 to 20, of short films by filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa under the theme Local Color: The Short Films of Dustin Guy Defa. “Good short films don’t get the attention that they deserve, which is all the more grievous as there are some terrific short films being made—and Defa is making many of them,” wrote Richard Brody (The New Yorker) in admiration of the director’s Person to Person, an […]
The world premiere of Shame has been added to the lineup for the 19th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival. Tyrese Gibson and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson star in Shame, a Paul Hunter film produced by Denzel Washington. In the short film written by Gibson, up-and-coming soul singer Lionel Jacobs (played by Gibson) is working the nightclub scene, trying to climb to the top of the charts while married to his background singer Bobbi Ann (played by […]
The 7th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival announced its lineup for Shorter Is Better, a short film showcase comprised of eight themed programs, featuring 58 of the “best short stories told by filmmakers from all over the world, from all walks of life.” Milwaukee Film’s newest shorts programs, Sports Shorts. Shorts about Sports. and Stories We Tell, return for a second year, and will join programs: The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Sh*t., Date Night, […]
The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled a slate of 44 short films packed with strong emerging voices and uniquely Canadian perspectives. This year’s roster is highlighted by a record number of Canadian works in the Wavelengths program – from smart satire to savvy social commentary, twists on genre to gut-punching powerful dramas, quirky documentaries to delightfully deranged animation and daring, formal experiments, these works showcase fascinating, provocative stories in short form. Films in the Short […]
Oscar-nominee George Coe died Saturday at the age of 86. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1968 comedy short film “The Dove,” which he co-directed as well as starred in. Coe served on the Screen Actors Guild’s National Board of Directors for more than a dozen years, covering the period of 1967-1973 and again in the early 2000s. Because of his union service, the Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Division honored Coe with its […]
Tribeca® Digital Studios in partnership with American Express have co-produced a series of three short films that celebrate small businesses and the creators at the forefront of the entrepreneurial renaissance. Academy Award®-nominated filmmakers Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), and Gini Reticker (Pray the Devil Back to Hell) have brought stories to life that explore the nature, shifts, and struggles of young business development; the pioneers, inventors, and dreamers at […]
The award-winning documentary TASHI AND THE MONK, directed by Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke, and winner of the International Documentary Association’s 2014 Best Short Award, will premiere on HBO on August 17th. TASHI AND THE MONK provides a heartfelt and uplifting look into a unique children’s community in the Himalayan Mountains. Trained under the Dalai Lama to share Tibetan Buddhism with the West, monk Lobsang Phuntsok felt compelled to leave his life in the United States to return to […]
Check out the new trailer to the critically acclaimed film which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival followed by a successful theatrical run, the taut directorial debut from Rose McGowan, DAWN, which will debut June 21st only on Youtube. Realizing that her passion lies in filmmaking, Rose McGowan’s breakthrough directorial debut, DAWN, is a disturbing tale of a young girl’s budding sexuality and one’s desire to experience the unknown. Dawn (Tara Barr) is a quiet young teenager living in Kennedy era America who longs for something or someone to […]
After the critically acclaimed world premiere at Sundance Film Festival and theatrical run, DAWN, the short film directorial debut from Rose McGowan, will debut this month on YouTube. “I’m so pleased to be able to share my Sundance Grand jury prize nominated film, Dawn, on my Youtube page. I want to promote thought and art, free of charge. I hope you’ll enjoy”, said Rose. Realizing that her passion lies in filmmaking, Rose McGowan’s breakthrough directorial debut, DAWN, is a disturbing tale of a young girl’s budding sexuality and […]
The 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market announced the first 13 films chosen to represent the ShortFest Online Film Festival. Now in its fifth year, the select films will play on a special section of the festival website (http://www.psfilmfest.org/onlinefest) starting May 26. Online voting for these films will open on June 9 and run through June 20, with the “ShortFest Online Audience Award” announced at the Festival Award Ceremony on Closing Night. The […]
ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures will release THE OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2015 in theaters across the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America on Friday January 30, 2015.
Joe Callander’s 95 seconds short film TIM AND SUSAN HAVE MATCHING HANDGUNS, scheduled to have its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, has been snagged for U.S. release by Oscilloscope Laboratories. TIM AND SUSAN HAVE MATCHING HANDGUNS is described as a romantic tale of love, life, and the right to bear arms.
by Jaclyn Gramigna
My newest film, “Downtown,” is a registered film in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival! At a running time of just under 3 minutes, this super short film poses the question, “what if a girl has a very private moment, in a very public place?” Despite its length, “Downtown,” takes its audience on a roller coaster of feelings. Beginning with a touch of confusion (which quickly turns into heated desire) the film challenges its audience’s comfort zone and makes even the most self assured blush.
Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams is partnering with Creative Growth Art Center to launch “CREATIVE GROWTH,” a new series of short films introducing viewers to what they describe as the extraordinary geniuses of the center that provides a haven for adult artists with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities. The first look is available now on the i am OTHER YouTube channel.
Curse of the Sunset Starlet is a short film directed and co-written (with Steve Erickso, novelist and Los Angeles Magazine film critic) by Lori Precious. Ms. Precious is an up and coming female filmmaker a rarity in the industry. The film is generating lots of buzz after multiple nominations – Best Short, Best Short Screenplay and Best Producer – at the Madrid International Film Festival July 1-7, 2013. It has been accepted into the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival April 25 – May 2, 2013, and The Tupelo Film Festival May 15-19, 2013.