What’s Up? Traverse City Film Festival and Short Film Tracks

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The Traverse City Film Festival kicked off this Tuesday, July 25th and reports are that it is amazing, today is Day 3! Below is the ‘daily’ video that talks about two aspects of the festival: food and films about food; and the volunteer experience.

itsashort.com partners with festivals to share significant events, news about the festival or just a genuine honorable mention, just because. We are huge fans of Michael Moore since like the beginning and this festival is a brilliant expression of his vision and that of so many people involved. if you can’t make it this weekend…bookmark it for next year.

Favorite Feature

There’s one film that has special resonance for current and past residents of the City of Detroit: 12th and Clairmont. This film is a kind of documentary about the Detroit Riots in 1967 and the realizations that flowed from that moment in the city’s history.

Finally a great opportunity for short filmmakers! Check out this announcement from The Hollywood Reporter! Its a collaboration between TIFF and Instagram, the launch of a digital short film competition.

For more info and amazing short film, checkout our site: itsashort.com, an online platform for award winning and award nominated short film, video and web series!

What’s Up?! Sundance’s Shorts And Tarantino’s Tiff

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Sundance Institute announced its full lineup of 72 short films for the Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah.

There are some good-looking shorts among the lot.

The full list of them can be found here.


Moved By The Force: what’s up with this, itsashort.com

While everyone is awakening to the force and loving it, not everyone was happy about the ubiquitously marketed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” especially one Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Quentin Tarantino accused Walt Disney Studios of pushing his film, “The Hateful Eight,” from the famed Cinerama Dome venue in Hollywood.

Said Tarantino on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show last Wednesday,

“As of yesterday, Disney came to the ArcLight people and said ‘no, you are going to play ‘Star Wars’ in the Cinerama Dome for the entire holiday season, and if you don’t, if you honor your deal with the ‘Hateful Eight,’ we will not allow you to have ‘Star Wars,’ the biggest movie in the world, we will not allow you to show it at any of your ArcLight movie theaters.'”

Said Tarantino, “It’s vindictive, it’s mean and it’s extortion.”

Tarantino said his film was supposed to play at the Cinerama Dome starting on Dec. 25th, but “The Force Awakens” will be getting extended play through the holidays, pushing out his film when a glut of movies is expected to be released during the holiday season.

“The Force Awakens,” of course, is the biggest of them all.

If Tarantino’s claims are indeed true, then it’s a blow because the Cinerama Dome is one of the few venues equipped to properly project the 70mm “Hateful Eight.” What’s more, the Cinerama logo appears in the opening credits of his film.

Stern assured Tarantino that the matter would be resolved. The radio host went so far as to plead the filmmaker’s case to Disney CEO Bob Iger, who he claims is a faithful listener to his satellite radio program:

“Listen Bob … I don’t give a s— about this theater. Quentin’s a weirdo, sorry Quentin. They’ve got the stupid 70 mm. They got all that s— that he cares about. He just wants to show his goddamn movie there. You’re sitting on top of the world. You’ve got ‘Star Wars.’ What, do you need this?”

Sheesh, Quentin sure knows drama.


Did you hear? Natalie as Jackie, yay, itsashort.com

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Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Natalie Portman will play the famed former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the film, “Jackie?” The movie is slated to be released in 2017. We can’t contain our excitement either.

Does she ever do short films?

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday season everyone.

What’s Up!!? SXSW 2015 Short Film Winners!!

itsashortlogoSXSW just closed and announced their 2015 short film winners!! I know..not what people think about when thinking about SXSW because music is just ending…and everyone is thinking about music…but did anyone know there were short film winners???? Right!!

Short Film Jury Awards

Jury Award Winner: Pink Grapefruit
Director: Michael Mohan
Special Jury Recognition: Share
Director: Pippa Bianco
Jury Award Winner: Boxeadora
Director: Meg Smaker
Jury Award Winner: Kiss Kiss Fingerbang
Director: Gillian Wallace Horvat
Jury Award Winner: World of Tomorrow
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Special Jury Recognition: teeth
Directors: Daniel Gray, Tom Brown

Pink Grapefruit: Here is the trailer and it won at Sundance and now SXSW…

Have a look at the trailer and who is Michael Mohan, the Director? Well, here’s what his bio page says..

Michael Mohan makes films of all shapes and sizes. His most recent feature SAVE THE DATE premiered in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, starring Lizzy Caplan & Alison Brie, was co-written by graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown and released by IFC Films.

Prior to this, he directed the short film EX-SEX and the microbudget feature ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS, both of which premiered at Sundance. EX-SEX was featured on the Viewfinders list as one of the 10 best short films of the year.

On the advertising front, Michael has directed spots for AMERICAN EXPRESS, FORD, MOTT’S, and IKEA. Most recently, he directed the first in a series of spots for KATE SPADE, starring Anna Kendrick.

Totally cool that he worked with Anna Kendrick!!

Check out the website:  michaelmohan.com for more info.



Yet another great filmmaker and we see his work on the commercial side…but this award winning short film will be in several festivals this year. There’s another short film that Michael created we hope to share on our website…we will keep you posted.

Itsashort.com is all about introducing you guys, our viewers to artists and short film, video and webseries you may not get to know. So, join us and support amazing artists! Register on the website, leave a comment for someone or just share!!

What’s Up? FirstGlance Film Festival Online Film Contest!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 6.53.47 PM It’s true, we’ve been silent for about a month…we’ve missed everyone. We’ve been engaged in reformatting, we moved our offices and reformatted sections of our website to create a better user experience. And, we’ve launched a new relationship with FirstGlance Film Festival, we are hosting their online 2014 film contest.

FGONLINE2014slideAWe  know your question, who are these guys? Founded by Bill Ostroff, FirstGlance Film Festival,  now 17 years ago, they manage two film festivals a year, the fall is Philadelphia and the spring is Los Angeles, following the Academy awards. Bill, a veteran of the industry is deeply committed to a great filmmaker and fan experience, two aspects we also value. So, hosting their online festival, we thought would be a wonderful experience.

The short films are awesome! And, it’s a contest with cash prizes for the artists and ‘fun’ prizes for the fans. The contest runs for 30 days, it started 10/10 at 10 PDT! But more than prizes, it is amazing exposure for these artists who truly have created wonderful options for fans. So, as we move back into our blogging universe, we do so with an invitation in hand. Please join us in supporting these amazing artists!!

The first film we loved is Failure Groupies, a wonderful short film by Rosalie Tenseth and Mandira Chamain as the director. The main actors are middle school kids but the issues: race and class, are definitely real world, today discussions. It’s fascinating to view these discussions through the lens of ‘tweens’.

We will profile each film and ask everyone to share with your respective universe. To quote Bill Ostroff, this is the first time a contest of this kind has ever been done and it is designed to share with the widest audience possible, these amazing short films.

As always, we at itsashort.com truly thank each and everyone of you for your interest and support…see you tomorrow…

What’s Up? Dear White People

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 6.53.47 PMDear White People was oversold today at the Sundance Film Festival. Crowds were wrapped around the block of the Eccles Theatre, a venue with seating for 1200 people. It was amazing. The feature was developed from a short film (see the short below) a piece done by Justin Simien and Effie T Brown.

It’s really a fun not really spoof but commentary from two millennial about millennials. It’s funny, yet thoughtful and they do make some interesting points about living in general.

Dear White People

itsashort.com intends to include the short on the platform as a great example of short video. It’s confusing, the difference between short film and short video. We think this short video is a keeping it 100 example of a short video. But, what is your  idea…is this short a video or a film, and truthfully, only comment if you think the distinction is important! In the meantime, please like our FB page, follow us on instagram and pinterest: itsashort is the name and just keep to it.