What’s UP! The Women’s Film Festival

The Women's Film FestivalRecently we caught up with Phuong Nyugen and Layne Marie Williams, co-founders of The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia. We talked with them about their inspiration and ideas  for creating what has become a very successful festival for women, going into its 5th year!

My question was to describe the birthing process for this festival. Their response: ‘The Birthing process: we had no funding, no money we used our charm to get discounts for venues, getting donations from companies and using our passion to help women succeed. Once we got the ball rolling we realized there was huge interest. We opened submissions to the rest of the world. The response was amazing, we realized how much women needed us. Our first film festival we started with 50 submissions, second year tripled, next year 400 submissions. We are open now for submissions  for next year. We’ve been open a few months, we see 100 submissions, closing date is November 5th. It seems to double and triple, over time  women get into the film festival and the fact that someone other than family and friends see their films is just an amazing experience. So, an untapped community of artists looking for expression! Check out their festival next year, March 2018!

The Expanding Roles of Women!

Flip to Maggie Gyllenhaal in addition to starring in two different series is also a producer on both those series.  The first, Deuce is about an oddly considered role for women.

The role of women is finally expanding to include so much more than acting, but also becoming part of the creative process including developing story lines and characters. The role of women is beginning to be defined by earnings, a classic yard stick.  The four women who lead the earnings ‘leader list': Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence and newcomer to the list, Emma Watson…all earned more than $20M in a 12 month period…that is a huge amount of of just cash but compared to the male counterparts? We wonder.

According to Emma Stone, her male actors actually took a pay cut to equalize pay…so doesn’t seem as if things are completely worked out in the industry, but we are making progress!

Closer to Home:

What’s happening on the itsashort.com platform? Lots of cool stuff, we are partnering with film festivals for the fall including our fan favorite First Glance Film Festival, watch for their contest on our platform. Here’s the trailer for last year’s Philadelphia winner, the short and interview are available on our platform.

We are also looking forward to another great festival in Miami, the Miami International Shorts Film Festival, the always amazing Chicago International Film Festival and The Austin Film Festival.

Get ready for Generation Z! (anyone born after 1995 ish)

Girl Cult, a one day event for Gen Z women from the amazing creative team, Galore Magazine, the hot design house that has taken campaigns to a completely new and almost unimagined level, is launching it’s inaugural event. Check out their ‘About’ page here. They combine amazing artistic expression with events, amazing influencers and a ridiculous set of social media campaigns…but let’s be clear, they totally do it.

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What’s Up?! New Short Film News for the New Year!

Jessica Sanderswhat’s up, good people?! 2017 means resolutions and reinvention. just make sure you stay true to yourself and we’ll do the same. Now let’s get to some short film news.

We here at itsashort.com support the equal and equitable representation of voices not often heard in the film industry. Media outlets such as Film Independent are good at drawing attention to programs that work to pump up the volume to make sure those voices are heard.

One such program is Fox Global Directors Initiative (FDI), dedicated to shining a spotlight on the careers of underrepresented filmmakers. Jessica Sanders was one of 20 women directors in FDI’s first cohort and created a short film to express her feelings about what programs like FDI can do to make Hollywood more inclusive, particularly for women. She’s since shared some thoughts and even made a short film about her experience. Check out her mini documentary below.

 

 

This Week’s Short

"The Smiling Man" short film

AJ Briones has a beautifully shot short film in “The Smiling Man,” the story of a little girl facing a purely evil being. This creepy, horror story turns some dark corners, but manages to look wonderfully cinematic while doing it in such a brief span of time. You should not watch with children. In fact, you may need to watch with several adults.

Seriously, people. Silence is used quite well in this piece. Click the link to scare your New Year’s socks off.

 

 

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Ann Arbor Film Fest

Mark March 21-26 off on your calendar as a “you must be here” moment for the much-anticipated Ann Arbor Film Festival. This program contains a myriad of voices from all over the world in both film as well as other presentations of art. From “Video Bureau: Works from an Archive of Chinese Video Art,” programmed by Ellen Zweig to a screening of works by African-American women artists—these folks understand what ‘inclusive’ means.

The 2017 schedule is soon coming, but in the meantime, you can absolutely check out the films from the previous festivals. In other words, you can support the short film and feature filmmakers by purchasing a DVD with last year’s films along with additional highlights from the festival at large. Click here for more details on how you get your hands on some of the most ground-breaking, experimental short film of the year.

 

"Star-Wars-Main-Poster" short film

There seems to be a disturbance in the Force. As in, there’s another take on the highly popular universe that provides an alternate perspective on the franchise. This short film garnered a little bit of steam in Los Angeles and Atlanta screenings last year. Follow the link to watch and let us know what you think. Does it rank among your favorite fan films?

Exciting stuff, good people.

 

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What’s Up?! World Day of Short Film!

"X-Story" animated short filmwhat’s up, good people?! don’t let the polar vortex keep you from celebrating A world day of short film!

“X-Story” is the stuff of lore. It’s being described as Akira meets Indiana Jones by people like the folks at The Verge. It took two years for animator Vitaliy Shushko and his team to create this masterpiece. And guess what: there’s not even any dialogue. That’s impressive storytelling. The adventure of a Lara Croft video game with the gravitas of a silent film is no small feat.

We can dig it! You can, too. Click the link to peep this masterpiece.

 

This Week’s Short

"Eve & Steve" Short Film/Web Series“Eve & Steve” is a fun and light webseries written, directed, and produced by Nell Teare and John A. Griffin about a young woman and her gay best friend. It’s billed as the “edgier Will & Grace for the mobile generation.” Would you be able to school your bestie on…ahem…adult matters? In the “Sexting” episode, Eve learns all there is to know about what the pool boy and the pizza delivery boy do behind closed doors.

Click here to watch. Just to be clear, we’ll only link to the webseries, not the pool boy’s videos.

 

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Flickerfest-2017If you want to celebrate the holidays with short film programs from Down Under, Flickerfest 2017 is kicking off just after the new year. Flickerfest is Australia’s leading Academy® Accredited & BAFTA Recognised Short Film Festival, so it’s the real deal. From indie short film premieres to re-realizing Oscar award nominated and winning short films, you’re bound to find something to love. Click the link to see the complete schedule.

Watch the trailer below to get a glimpse of what’s to come!

 

Oh, and in case you were interested in a free program honoring World Day of Short Film, we got word from CyprusMail that International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (ISFFC) is having a shindig.

CyprusThere’ll be food from a team of barbecuers named Serial Grillers and, of course, booze. December 21 at 6pm is when you can attend this event. Market of the Old Town Hall of Nicosia is where. We can hear your eyebrows raising in anticipation. Check out the parent short film festival here.

Exciting stuff, good people.

 

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What’s Up?! Oscars Bring Good Tidings in Short Film!

"Pear Cider and Cigarettes" Short FilmWhat’s up, good people?! the holidays are here. expect short film news and lots of good cheer.

The season greets us with the gift of Academy Awards updates. According to Good Short Films, the Oscars have whittled their animated short film list down to 10 amazing shorts (from Pixar and the like). 5 finalists will be selected January 24, but click the link to see the current candidates. One selection is the feel-good, VR, 360 Google Spotlight Stories entry, “Pearl.” Watch and explore the interactive video directed by Patrick Osborne below.

This Week’s Short

Entrepreneur Jermaine Lawrence Anderson, founder of I Am A Gentleman Project, is dedicated to developing young men and uplifting communities in need. This Week’s Short highlights “Tis the Season,” an initiative that gives families, such as the White family, a special holiday experience.

Click here for the best example of how to pay it forward.

FirstGlance Short Film Online Contest

Alright, folks. We’re wrapping up this year’s FirstGlance contest. Here are some of the films you can vote for this week:

"Greenish Blues" Short Film“Greenish Blues” is the story of three friends who need a little bit of inspiration. Nicholas Brown directs this motivational heist film.

 

"The Last Abduction" Short Film A man is desperate to prove to his son, and the world, he’s had an extraterrestrial encounter in “The Last Abduction.” Frank Perrotto helms this genuinely spooky work of science fiction.

 

"Ms Beverly Hills Ghost" Short FilmWeb series “Miss Beverly Hills Ghost” begins with a choir nerd’s near-death experience that results in a sixth sense. Wendy Graham directs.

 

"Solitude" Short Film“Solitude” is the story of an elderly woman who receives a thoughtful gift from the staff at her local train station. Michael Raso directs this sweet tale.

 

"Pieces" Short FilmDirector Dan Sunley has a firm grasp on this thriller when a ghost warns of the danger of putting clues together in “Pieces.”

 

"Red Streets" Short FilmIn this cautionary tale of police brutality, two soldiers have a decision to make in director Brandon Wright’s “Red Streets.”

There’s still time to watch and vote for these and the other shorts once a day, everyday from now through December 7.

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Ithaca Fantastik 2016In case you haven’t heard, Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival (now in its 5th year) has announced its 2016 award winners. They’ve even added the Cinema Pur Audience Award. Let’s make sure to give the short film line up some love, too. Check out the short films that were on deck this year and then go ahead and schedule your travel for next year. Ithaca Fantastik is 5 days of films and events, so make sure you have the vacation time.

And traveling is an expensive endeavor, especially if you’re trekking the film festival circuit with the short film you’ve produced. One team has found it difficult to get to the festivals where their short film, “Desperately Seeking Signal,” is in the program. The Tiny Town Media film has been accepted abroad, but filmmakers Tess Marie Garneau, Thom Smalley, and Jenna MacMillan will scrape their pennies together to get to New York for the 21 Islands International Film Festival December 9 – 11. The film is about a 911 operator who develops a kinship with a stranded caller. Get a taste with the clip below.

Click the link to check out the complete lineup for 21 Islands International Film Festival in the Bronx.

Exciting stuff, good people.

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What’s Up?! Wes Anderson’s Gift of Short Film!

Wes Anderson short silm "Come Together"

Still from “Come Together”

what’s up, good people?! the holidays are here and short film is the gift that keeps on giving.

We know travel season has begun, so we hope while you’re sitting in a layover city between flights, you can take some time to check out a great short film or three during your downtime. You can start with The Darjeeling Limited director Wes Anderson’s holiday-themed short film, “Come Together.” The uplifting H&M ad stars actor Adrien Brody as Conductor Ralph on a delayed train, destined to ruin the holiday plans of all of its passengers. But he teams up with his crew to do a little something special for everyone, including one young rider. Click the link to see some short film cheer.

This Week’s Short

Short Film "Gift"

Still from “Gift”

‘Tis the season, and what other way to instill the importance of giving than with director Daniel Yam’s short film, “Gift.” A young boy disappointed with the life his father has built for their family is determined to be “better” than his father. When the boy becomes a young man, he finally learns a valuable lesson about hope, happiness, and, of course, giving.

Click here to watch this quiet, yet touching short film on our platform to get you primed for the holidays.

FirstGlance Short Film Online Contest

Alright, folks. We’re rounding third on this year’s FirstGlance contest. Take a look a some of the films you can vote for:

Or So the Story Goes“Or So the Story Goes” is a webseries with a modern take on Hansel and Gretel. The two are bloggers who are willing to go too far for clicks and views. The series is directed by Theresa Labreglio.

 

Say HelloIn “Say Hello,” two childhood “friends” are reunited as adults when Alexis loses her silver spoon and is forced to bunk with awkward genius, Maggie. The series is produced by Rachel Reyes and directed by Brooke Elliott.

 

Wolf of VengeanceDirector Masakatsu Higuchi presents a wonderfully lit, action-packed take on Red Riding Hood in “Wolf of Vengeance.” The witch has done wrong and heads will roll. Literally.

 

420 Bong BoysDirector Erik Garcia stays with the fairytale theme when two friends must smoke their magic bong at a specific time to get back home from a strange land in “420 Bong Boys.” Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like: comedy gold (that’s a Rumpelstiltskin joke).

Yo Soy PedroIn “Yo Soy Pedro,” a terrible misunderstanding causes a movie shoot to turn into an accidental alien abduction. Wait. What? Yes. You can thank director Jordan Inconstant.

You can watch and vote for these and the other shorts once a day, everyday on our platform from now through December 7.

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2016 Miami Short Film Festival

You may remember when we spoke  to the Miami Short Film Festival founding executive director, William Vela, to discuss short film and the goals of MsFF. Well, the 2016 festival contest winners are now etched in stone. If you weren’t able to make it to see these award-worthy short films, click here to see who won what and add them to your “must watch” list.

Speaking of “must watch,” there is a lot of conversation around the need for more Asian-American roles in films and television (see Dr. Strange and “Iron Fist). But in reality, there is plenty of talent to choose from. Film School Shorts filmmakers can attest to it. Check out John Cody Kim’s tale of puppy perseverance during a zombie apocalypse in “Steadfast Stanley.”

Click here to see a playlist of 11 student films showcasing great up-and-coming Asian-American talent. There is also an Asian-Pacific-American focused short film competition sponsored by HBO.

Exciting stuff, good people.

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What’s Up?! Short Film, Wally Lamb!

“Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber” short film

Elizabeth Banks and Svetlana Cvetko

what’s up, good people?! despite the presidential election and veterans day, short film news hasn’t slowed one bit.

Now that everyone is coming up for air after the election, there’s plenty of short film stuff to sink your teeth into.

Best-selling author Wally Lamb‘s digital novel, I’ll Take You There, will be released November 20 as an exclusive app for iPhone and iPad devices. Why does this matter to itsashort.com readers? Svetlana Cvetko is directing “Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber,” a short film that focuses on the silent film pioneer, who is also a pivotal character of Lamb’s novel. Elizabeth Banks will executive produce and star in the short film, proving that folks are stepping behind the camera and using short film as an expansion of their art.

Turning books into short films isn’t new, though. Take a look at these 6 children books turned into short films. IFC even came up with a list of book-to-film adaptations they’d like to see. Which of your favorite books would you like to see turned into a short film?

This Week’s Short

The Audition

They say laughter is the best medicine. “The Audition” is an easy pill to swallow from director Philece Sampler and producer/actor Rachel Reyes. These two film pharmacists use the comedic imagery of an acting audition to show a young woman, Rachel McMannus, work through her self-doubt as she chases her dreams.

What this short film brings to the (casting) table is a character who isn’t concerned with other candidates as much as her own existence. The enemy lies within. Take a look to see if she Rachel conquers her acting demons. Click here to watch.

FirstGlance Short Online Contest

It’s that time again. Time to choose the best short film submission from the 2016 FirstGlance Short Online Contest.

Aster and Sidney

Still from “Aster and Sidney”

Zombie Apocalypse notwithstanding, “Aster and Sidney” captures the fear of two women surviving the collapse of modern civilization. Director Sean Temple has tensions running high between these two women and their relationship to their situation.

The writer/director team Kyle James Marr and Dean Tatulli concoct a story of four friends who go out for a few drinks, but the bar may not be visible on a normal GPS map. The black and white color scheme makes the plot more eerie.

Midnight at Luci's

You can watch and vote for these shorts and 10 others once a day, everyday on our platform from now through December 7.

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Buried Alive

Are you in the Atlanta, Georgia region? Do you have a healthy appetite for horror, despite Halloween’s distant image in your rearview? Welp, looky here…The Buried Alive Film Festival is right around the corner.

Take advantage of one more chance to see some thrills and some gore from November 16-20. Take a look at the shorts programs and let us know which were the best. Click the link to view the schedule.

UFO Diary

And finally, in honor of the men and women who currently and previously served in the United States military, we’d like to acknowledge Veteran’s Day with a short film–“UFO Diary.” This sci-fi, action-comedy follows two World War II Army women as they navigate one of the most curious incidents in history. Take a look at director Jason Apuzzo’s complete short film here.

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What’s Up?! From Short Film to Spielberg!

Emily Carmichael

Emily Carmichael

What’s up, good people?! Let us give thanks for a cornucopia of short film news!

A short film can be your “business card.” These days, filmmakers are reaping major benefits from having impressive short film work on their resume. Take Emily Carmichael—you may not know who she is now, but you will. Carmichael has had success with her web series, “The Adventures of Ledo and Ix,” but her future is growing brighter.

Now, she’s bypassing everyone else in the game. Her short film “Stryka” is the stepping stone to her next two major projects: penning Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, starring John Boyega, and directing Powerhouse, the new property from Steven Spielberg.

Click here to check out the short film that launched Carmichael into the spotlight.

 

This Week’s Short

Still from short film "Thanksgiving Dinner"

Still from “Thanksgiving Dinner”

Director Brian W. Seibert and writer Colette Mazunik collaborate to cook up something special for the well-crafted short film, “Thanksgiving Dinner.” It may even put you in mind of Clerks if Kevin Smith had made a completely different movie. Like, completely different:

Abbie has had enough of being the outcast in her family. After a particularly brutal Thanksgiving dinner with her family, she offers an unassuming stranger, James, the proposal of a lifetime.

Turkey Day is a few weeks away, but why wait? Get in the holiday mood for tradition and dysfunction; cranberry sauce and kids’ tables. Click here to watch and let us know if this short film reminds you of the holidays at your place. Oh, and could you please pass the anxiety? Thanks.

 

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Michelle Williams - LIFF

Michelle Williams – Certain Women

If you’re in or around the UK, the Leeds International Film Festival begins this Thursday in The Headrow, Leeds and there is so much good filmmaking it’ll make your head spin. Certain Women is gaining a lot of attention for stars Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern. Perhaps more importantly, there are several short film programs you simply cannot miss.

Still from short film "Death Metal"

Still from “Death Metal”

One such short program is the Dead Shorts competition, a series of humor and horror films, for those of you weening off of Halloween or still recovering from the Walking Dead season premiere (#nospoilers). Dead Shorts is one of 6 competitive short film programs throughout the week.

Check out the complete list of films and events so you can make your own decision.

Still from short film "A Feeling Like Chaos"

Still from “A Feeling Like Chaos”

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) has been influencing science fiction in literature for some time, but now films are greatly benefiting from her work as well. Later this month, REDCAT presents “Let It Be Known: Short Films Inspired by Octavia E. Butler,” a short film series curated by Erin Christovale in Los Angeles.

Take a look at Butler in an interview speaking about how she views her own work. You may want to compare her literature with the short films and see how they relate.

 

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What’s Up?! Rock the Vote & BMW Short Film!

What’s up, good people?! there’s plenty to dive into in short film so let’s get to it.

Actually, let’s take a step back and talk about something very important: voting. Itsashort.com understands that you can vote for whomever you wish in this year’s election. Justin Timberlake is ahead of the game (click JT’s face to get election info for your state). But make sure you vote so you can feel your face. Watch the video to see what we mean:

 

Itsashort.com appreciates your participation in our viewer-voting contests. Make sure your vote is counted in the 2016 election, too. Vote early (October 24-November 7) or on election Tuesday (November 8). Make it happen, good people.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

 

Clive Owen

Many a star has risen using short film as their launchpad. Oscar-nominated director Neill Blomkamp earned a name for himself with the short film, “Alive in Joburg”, the impetus for District 9 feature that took the world by storm in 2009. It’s fascinating how 6 minutes and 22 seconds catapulted him to the forefront of the film industry. Blomkamp has come back to short film with Clive Owen, who has also returned, reprising his role as “The Driver” in a BMW short film series that began 15 years ago.

BMW Films has enlisted major directors (or minor folks who later became major), including Guy Ritchie, Ang Lee, John Woo, and Tony Scott. Now, Blomkamp has taken the reins to continue the storyline.

Take a look at the latest installment, “The Escape,” below:

The series of short films has also included big-name actors like Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, Gary Oldman, and now, Vera Farmiga and Dakota Fanning. To check out other films in the series, click here.

 

This Week’s Short

The Paper Trail Short Film

This Week’s Short has everything to do with relevance. In “The Paper Trail,” a government Document recounts its life and purpose as it waits atop a pile of papers to be shredded. Writer and director, Jonny Lucy, must have foreseen the future of this election year where politicians struggle to stay on important topics that affect society.

“The Paper Trail” may also bring up visions of the past for you, but in the best way. Twenty Bucks follows the life of a twenty dollar bill as it exchanges hands in multiple transactions. But there is one famous document that has lots to say on his higher ambitions, much like in Lucy’s film:

Click the link to see what the lamenting policy document has to say in “The Paper Trail.”

 

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Madre Short Film

Madre – Best of the Fest: Shorts (CIFF short film)

The Chicago International Film Festival wraps up this week (you have until October 27) so if you’re in the midwest, swing on over to AMC River East 21 in downtown Chicago to catch the CIFF shorts programs. One of the short films that you can’t ignore is “Moms On Fire.” Director Joanna Rytel displays her talent in a comedy about the challenges of pregnancy.

The vestige of women both in front of and behind the camera is an important issue in filmmaking. Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel are attacking the problem with their second Women’s Filmmaker Workshop.

Dakota and Rashida

Dakota Fanning and Rashida Jones

The three-day workshop, Through Her Lens, takes place in New York City (October 25-27) covering the essentials, from script development and casting to festival strategy. There’s plenty to learn from the likes of filmmakers like Dakota Fanning, Rashida Jones, Anne Carey, Jenni Konner, Jennifer Westfeldt, Catherine Hardwicke and Rachel Winter, who are all involved this year.

Will you be there next year? Let us know how it goes.

 

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Whats Up?! Miami Short Film Fest & Kevin Hart!

Miami Short Film Festival 2

what’s up, good people?! short films. big names. what more can you ask for?

The Miami short Film Festival (MsFF) is less than a month away and I know you’re wringing your hands in anticipation. This international fest lauds the short film as an essential work of art and adopts the mission of honoring filmmakers who create some of the best art in the world.

Itsashort.com reached out to the festival’s founding executive director, William Vela, to discuss his passion for short films and the direction of the MsFF.

Itsashort.com: How did the Miami short Film Festival come into existence? 

William Vela: The Miami short Film Festival (MsFF) was founded in 2002 with a short film and a big dream. As a veteran television actor and producer, I produced a short film called “360˚” using thirty of my closest friends from the acting community. After six rigorous months of production, I finished my short and organized a “friends and family” screening to premier the film.

I rented a space, a projector, and 50 chairs for what I thought would be an intimate event, but as the word spread around Miami other directors and producers began to show interest in participating with their own shorts. Soon enough a total of 11 movies were collected for the showcase that would ultimately become the first night of the Miami short Film Festival.

Incredibly, 310 guests arrived in celebration of local short cinema, and they were eager for more. Thus MsFF was born, and those 50 chairs have been replaced by multiple theaters all over Miami.

Itsashort.com: How do you see the short film genre evolving and what role do you foresee your festival playing in its evolution?

William Vela: Short films have always played an important role in the film industry–from the beginning with the first ever produced film in the world, an 18-minute short called “A Trip to the Moon” in 1902–and this genre continues to be vital, especially now, with the advancements in technology. Where people are looking for specific content, short films will keep evolving and our festival is here to serve as a platform to those films that we would like to expose to the world.

MsFF Family Matters

MsFF Family Matters Shorts Program

Itsashort.com: What is the long-term goal for the Miami Film Festival?

William Vela: The festival’s goal is to become a gateway for those short films that come from Latin America, Europe, and Asia to the United States. Also, the festival will develop into a convention that will unite filmmakers and people from the film industry.

Itsashort: What should patrons expect for the 2016 festival?

William Vela: As every year, MsFF will offer our audience the best quality and selection of the best short films from all over the world. Our curation process is very thoughtful and we’ve involved the best local professionals from the industry to select the roster.

We truly appreciate William’s participation in providing some insight into the humble beginnings of the festival.

Click here to explore last year’s award-winning filmmakers including Best Narrative Short Film: “Recuiem” by Valentina Carnelutti (Italy).

This Week’s Short

Winter's Hold

 

Halloween is days away which means the cold is a’coming. This week’s short is all about trying not to be consumed by the cold. Ian Voglesong‘s short film, “Winter’s Hold,” is gripping in its solitude.

 

Click here to watch the chilling short.

 

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Kevin Hart

WK/STAR MAX/IPx

Kevin Hart, recently crowned the highest paid comedian (surpassing Jerry Seinfeld) is in the movies. Yes, he’s just released his new concert film, What Now?, but he is also in short films. If you’ve seen the previews, Hart appears as a 007-type character with the lovely Halle Berry in the spoof short film. Once he takes the stage, the little man becomes larger than life.

What makes Kevin Hart such an international sensation? He’s everywhere. Not only does Hart appear in a major release but also “The Road Trip,” a short film presented by H&M  that stars the short man pretending to be David Beckham…sort of.

 

Maybe Hart’s company, Hartbeat Productions, will start having contests and festivals for short film comedies. We’ll have our people call his people.

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Itsashort.com is a platform for filmmakers and creators the world over. We love the short film genre. Plus, we at itsashort.com want to introduce audiences to award-winning and award-nominated artists who create movies, web series and videos. Check out itsashort.com and subscribe for $2 a month to see the wonderful work of these creatives.

 

What’s Up?! Ghostbusters!

 

what’s up, good people?! it’s mid-October and it’s scary how great the short film landscape looks.

This week was the digital and DVD release of Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. Despite the unruly, pre-movie conversations, people weren’t afraid of no ghosts. The famous franchise film landed a top-ten position in domestic gross among summer movie releases.

Feig will be at this year’s Austin Film Festival in several sessions speaking about how an all-woman cast of Ghostbusters became a reality with him at the helm. Click here to see his schedule.

PS–It is this week! October 13-20.

Feig’s success also won him an opportunity to direct a pilot for HBO starring Goldie Hawn.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be associated with HBO? Funny you should ask.

HBO scouts short films for burgeoning talents. The HBO Short Film Contest in the American Black Film Festival accepts submissions beginning in January. There’s still time!

Click here to watch the trailer for last year’s winner.

 

This Week’s Short

Anthony Bradford has his hands in all of the cookie jars with “The Traveler” as producer, writer, and lead actor. When Tristan’s love, Maggie, is kidnapped, he must use his time-traveling ability to save her. “The Traveler” is evidence that with a little time (ha!) and a knack for special effects and design, filmmakers can bring a sci-fi short film to life in a big way.

Click here to watch the movie and see for yourself.

This short film was selected by many shorts programs, including First Glance Film Festival, Los Angeles. And speaking of First Glance…

Itsashort.com is hosting the First Glance Short Online Contest this Fall. The contest begins November 7. For the list of short films, click here. Be sure to register here to watch and vote for your favorite!

Atlanta Horror Film Fest

Pumpkin? Check. Scary skeleton mask? Check. Atlanta Horror Film Festival tickets? Now’s the time.  It starts today!

This film festival is now in its 10th year and has showcased thousands of brilliant short films (and features) and has taken on a death…er…life of its own. If you’re in the Atlanta area, indulge the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve and check out some frightening flicks to raise your heart rate.

 

Around the Web…

Finding Dory

Talking animal movies are usually a hit. The Secret Life of Pets is another top-ten movie from this summer along with Finding Dory which came in at #1. But not all movies need to be on the big screen to make a big impact.

“Dogtor” is a sweet short film from Rhea Dadoo that tackles a series of difficult issues in less than five minutes. (No disrespect to the charming Zootopia now available on Netflix.)

When Lucy questions her life decisions with her friends, they remind her that she should not be afraid to be herself.

Words to live by.

 

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