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.

Around the Web…

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?! Scandal, The ‘Cannes Queen’ And Short Film Fests

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What’s up good people?! It’s a new week and we have the scoop on the entertainment and short film news you need.

Much to the dismay of Gladiators worldwide, there will be no Scandal this Fall. But it’s for a really wonderful reason. The top-rated drama will be pushed back to the midseason to accommodate Kerry Washington’s second pregnancy.

This isn’t the first time the show made accommodations for Washington. Season three was cut by four episodes due to her first pregnancy.

It’s a tremendously powerful and gracious gesture on the part of ABC execs to accommodate Mrs. Washington, one of TV’s biggest stars. Plus, that’s one awesome baby. Can you imagine the bragging rights he’ll have because of this?

My birth put the brakes to television’s biggest show. 

Meanwhile, we’ll all have to be patient for the new season while imbibing on some much-needed libations to cope. Right Ms. Pope?

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One day at a time, Gladiators.

Shonda’s New Show

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Shonda Rhimes’ new show Still Star-Crossed is a period drama that doubles as a sequel to the classic Romeo and Juliet story.

Take a gander at the show’s intriguing first look, which is set to premiere next year during the TV midseason.

Wonder if Shonda will make a foray into short film. The genre would certainly benefit from her presence.

Kristen Stewart Takes Over Cannes

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Actress Kristen Stewart is owning the Cannes Film Festival right now. The Twilight actress was booed for her film Personal Shopper, which debuted at Cannes this week. Yet, her performance is drawing rave reviews.

Stewart is a terrific actress, her brittle exterior barely masking whatever tempest she or her characters are battling underneath, and here, the unpredictability of what she may do next is heightened by the fact that there are no rules for what can happen, says Variety of her role in Personal Shopper.

Critics are also showing love to Stewart’s performance in her other Cannes film, Woody Allen’s Cafe Society.

If you haven’t heard, home girl has been slaying the Cannes red carpets.

With each role, Stewart distances herself from those hokey vampire films. What we’re witnessing is the metamorphosis of a fine actress. And this year’s Cannes festival has been her stomping ground.

 

SoCal Summer Film Fests

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Some prominent film festivals are set to launch this summer in Southern California, starting with the LA Film Festival which takes place June 1-9. The venerable fest is packed with screenings, premieres and discussions with industry insiders. For more information on the LA Film Festival, please visit this website.

 

The Palm Springs International ShortFest, which takes place about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles, runs June 21-27 and is one of the largest events of its kind. For more information on the Palm Springs ShortFest, please see this link.

FirstGlance Takes A Final Bow

FirstGlance Short Film Contest

FirstGlance Short Online Contest

Hundreds of you voted in the FirstGlance Short Film Contest and we thank you. All 16 nominees were worthy, but only one short film will emerge as the winner. That announcement is coming soon.

That winning film will be screened at the FirstGlance Film Festival in Philadelphia.

 

Our Mission

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What’s Up?! J.Lo Vs JT, The Cannes Short Film Program

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What’s up, good people?! We are rolling along through the Spring with the movie and short film news you need.

With the end of Spring approaching, two of the world’s biggest pop stars pulled a sneak attack on us all by dropping videos to new songs destined to dominate your summer.

This past Friday, Jennifer Lopez released the video to her feminist anthem “Aint Your Mama,” which features a soundbite from a famous Hillary Clinton speech from 1995. This danceable number is bound to overtake airwaves and dance floors the world over, from South Beach to South Dakota.

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Dancefloors won’t be the same.

The chorus, which doubles as the song title, is chanted repeatedly, making it the “earworm” you won’t soon forget. You will hear this bad boy in your sleep and be compelled to move. It’s that serious.

 

Justin Timberlake released his own song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” on the same day. And boy, oh boy, this one has “winner” written all over it. According to one publication, people are already dubbing this jam the “Happy of 2016,” in reference to runaway hit by Pharrell Williams from a few years back.

Simply put, this is sonic, sun-drenched goodness.

Itsashort.com can’t wait to be in a club when these two joints come on. It’s about to be lit.

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Yep.

 

Cannes Film Fest Starts

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The Cannes Film Festival, the Kentucky Derby of film festivals, is set to launch this Wednesday and continue through May 22nd. The world-renowned event is a kingmaker in the film industry. Movies that win Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or, tend to go on and garner critical acclaim at the box office. Past winners have been certified as movie classics, like Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

Cannes is also where industry insiders get together to formulate financing and distribution deals for projects. Last week, we told you about the short film program, movie premieres and the stars that will be in attendance. Guests include George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kristen Stewart, Sean Penn and Woody Allen, according to People.

Filmmaker George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual festival.

You can head here for a full list of events, including the short film program.

 

Get Your FirstGlance While You Can

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FirstGlance Short Online Contest

We are happy to report that hundreds of people have been actively voting for the top short film in the FirstGlance Film Contest.

We have been hearing nothing but good things about the short film selections as they vie for the top prize: the chance to be screened at the FirstGlance Festival in Philadelphia later this year.

A multitude of votes have been cast for top short film, thus far. But there is still time left: voting ends May 18.

Go here to vote for your favorite short for free. You can do so every day, once-a-day.

Capiche?

Good.

 

How Was Your Mother’s Day?

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Be honest, you either spent Mother’s Day being wined and dined by your children or you took your favorite lady out for sushi and a pedicure.

Or perhaps you took her out to see a movie or visited itsashort.com to watch a short film. We highly recommend you do the latter, by the way.

Whatever the case, we want to know what you did on Mother’s Day. Feel free to leave a comment below to let us know.

 

Our Mission

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 register to see the wonderful work of these creatives here.

What’s Up?! Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Cannes Short Film Competition

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What’s up good people?! Itsashort.com is back in effect with the short film and movie news you need.

This week, we have our minds on Lemonade. No, not the beverage, rather Beyoncé’s tour de force of a visual album. Last week, HBO premiered the film Lemonade, which accompanies the singer’s 12-track album, which was released last week. The riveting feature is a collection of vignettes, where each chapter corresponds to a song off the album.

Our black heroine traverses emotional, sonic and visual territories that are diverse, wondrous and compelling. There are moments in the film that stings your eyes, especially the scene featuring the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner holding photographs of their deceased sons.

The spoken word poetry that serves as narration, birthed by the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, is beautiful, barbed and poignant as well.

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An ode to black woman.

Beyoncé sings about anger, infidelity, injustice, and forgiveness. Lemonade is about the resiliency of black womanhood, making lemonade out of lemons, as it were.

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This is Bey’s world and there’s nothing you can do about it.

In any event, the work is a critical and commercial success that propels the singer into an entirely different stratosphere, apart from other pop stars. What’s more, HBO is submitting Lemonade for Emmy consideration, reports Variety.

Like Pink Floyd, The Who and Prince, Beyoncé successfully employed film to fully render her musical vision, which is grand in its own right.

Yes, we are sipping this Lemonade all day.

 

Yes We Cannes

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The launch of the most prestigious film festival in the world is almost upon us.

The Festival de Cannes 2016 (Cannes Film Festival) is set to run May 11-22 and features its usual lineup of big-time films and well-regarded shorts. The Short Film competition highlights 10 shorts that were culled from 5,008 submissions.

Cannes will premier films by Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, along with a buddy-comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, among many others.

We will post the Cannes short film contest winners in a few weeks. Stay tuned.

Two Weeks Left For FirstGlance

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FirstGlance Short Online Contest

Speaking of short film competitions, we have one of our own going on at itsashort.com: the FirstGlance Film Contest. A total of 16 shorts are vying for the top prize: the chance to be screened at the FirstGlance Film Fest in Philadelphia (how’s that for alliteration?).

Anyhow, the short film entrants run the gamut, from crime dramas to comedic parodies. Go here to vote for your favorite short for free. You can do so every day, once-a-day.

The contest ends on May 17. Get in on the fun before it’s gone.

We Salute These Shorts

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We would be remiss if we didn’t give props to the Short Film Competition winners at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Best Narrative Short – Hold On (Houvast), directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson (Netherlands).

Best Documentary Short – Extremis directed by Dan Krauss (USA).

Student Visionary Award – Ping Pong Coach (乒乓), directed by Yi Liu. (Taiwan R.O.C., USA)

Congrats to all these winners as well.

 

Our Mission

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 register to see the wonderful work of these creatives here.

What’s Up?! Prince, Vote In This Short Film Contest

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What’s up good people?! Itsashort.com is hitting you with the movie and short film news you need for your life.

This week, though, we have to pay tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson, who died last week at 57.

Like you, we are in disbelief that Prince is no longer with us. In the wake of his mysterious death, we are left to assess his massive influence as one of the greatest musicians ever. A plethora of think pieces, tributes and retrospectives have emerged in the advent of his death.

Wonderful videos of his past performances have also emerged.

Some of our favorites include his performance at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he stole the show from Tom Petty, Steve Winwood and Jeff Lynne in their rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

You can watch the entire video or just fast forward to the 3:27 mark. That’s when Prince elevates the song to another level by exhibiting his breathtaking mastery of the guitar.

We loved the Saturday Night Live tribute to The Artist as well, which featured all of his past performances on the long-running sketch comedy show.

“Other people may have been on the show more times or performed more frequently, but there was always something different about a Prince performance — it was special, it was an event, it was Prince,” said Jimmy Fallon, the host for the special tribute episode.

SNL transported us to 1989 via the wayback machine with Prince’s performance of the song “Electric Chair.”

SNL also broadcast one of the last times he performed on the show in 2014.

The cherry on top was a video shared by a former SNL cast member showing Prince rocking the after party for Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary.

Yes, his loss reverberated throughout many sectors of the world, from publishing to entertainment and even the sports world.

Prince’s show at the 2007 Super Bowl is still mentioned as one of the best halftime performances ever.

I mean, the man performed “Purple Rain” in the midst of a downpour at the outdoor stadium where the game was held.

If there is one comforting fact to emerge from his passing, it is this: According to multiple reports, Prince has so much unreleased music in his vault his estate could put out a posthumous album every year for the next 100 years.

We still wish the man himself was here to perform it all for us.

Your First Glance

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FirstGlance Film Festival

Itsashort.com is devoted to providing a platform for creators of short film and video. We want to give these talented filmmakers a means of distribution for their work. We want to shine a light on films we think are fantastic.

One of the way we do that is through our FirstGlance Film Contest. For our Spring contest we have selected 16 short film works that are all vying for the contest’s top prize, a screening at the prestigious FirstGlance Film Festival in Philadelphia. We don’t select the winners ourselves, you do. Go here and watch all of the semi-finalists and then vote for your favorite short film. There is no cost, the only thing you paying is your attention and opinion. You can vote once-a-day, every single day.

The contest ends on May 17. Go here to watch and vote now.

Our Mission

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What’s Up?! Jungle Book, Nashville And FirstGlance Short Film Contest

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What’s up good people?! The short film and movie news you need is here for you.

The biggest news of the week is the release of the highly-anticipated film, The Jungle Book, which has captivated audiences everywhere.

The reviews have been fantastic and people are bum-rushing their local theaters to catch the Walt Disney remake.

The box office numbers tell the tale:

The Walt Disney Co.’s “The Jungle Book opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts ever at the box office…, according to NBCNews.com.

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Big money.

 The Jungle Book hype is real, folks. The movie is a feast for the eyes – a must-watch in 3-D. According to NBCNews.com, “42 percent of the film’s domestic sales came from 3-D and premium-format screens.”

This IMAX featurette is just a taste of this majestic piece of filmmaking, courtesy of director Jon Favreau.

 

Nowdo yourself a favor and go see this film. Itsashort.com commands you to.

 

Movies In Music City

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The weather is warmer and the days are longer. Top American film festivals like Sundance and SXSW are over, and the Tribeca Film Festival pushes on.

Yet, another fest is gaining prestige by the year and is entering the conversation as one of the country’s best. The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), which kicked off Thursday, has become a destination event for groundbreaking features, music documentaries and short films.

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(500) Days of Summer movie poster

Well-regarded movies like 13 Assassins, (500) Days of Summer, and Oscar nominees I Am Love, Ajami, and Dogtooth once debuted at the 47-year-old movie extravaganza. Plus, NaFF has hosted its share of celebs like Oprah Winfrey, Susan Sarandon, William Shatner, Al Gore and Nicole Kidman to name a few.

The short film program is nothing to play with either.

The festival features 172 selections in the short film category. Those shorts were chosen from among 3,700 entries.

Yet, this is how big-time the Nashville Film Fest has become: Short film winners in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Shorts Competitions will qualify for consideration for the 2017 Academy Awards.

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Yes. You read that right.

The Nashville Film Festival is in the upper echelon, in case you didn’t know.

For more information on NaFF, please check out this site.

Get Your First Glance

FirstGlance Short Film Contest

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Did you ever want to be a film critic like Roger Ebert?

Well, here’s your chance. Itsashort.com is hosting the Spring 2016 FirstGlance Short Film Contest, which starts today and runs through May 18.

Here is how you can take part: Visit itsashort.com to watch and vote for the film you like the most. Once you register at no cost, you can watch the nominees and vote, once-a-day, everyday for the film of your choice.

Once the votes are tallied and prizes doled out, one lucky filmmaker will have their short film screened at an event in Philadelphia.

So vote early and often on your favorite short film. It’s fun and it doesn’t cost anything.

Plus, you’ll be making a filmmaker’s dream come true.

Got it?

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Yep.

Good.

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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 register to see the wonderful work of these creatives here.

 

 

What’s Up?! Sundance, “FirstGlance” Short Film Winner

What’s up, ya’ll? Welcome to a new week, and here’s the good word.

Itsashort is hosting a live Google hangout with the winner of the prestigious FirstGlance Fall 2015 Short Online Contest!

That’s right, this Thursday you will get the opportunity to chat with Brian Mellen, director of the gripping short film “Spark and Fade,” which you can check out below:

Rock star media mogul Brandon Broussard will moderate the discussion. You can pose questions on the live stream or participate on Twitter. Just use the hashtag #sparkandfade to chat with two of film and television’s rising stars.

The Google hangout is on Jan. 14 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT.

 

Submit to Sundance Next Year

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival opens in less than two weeks, and itsashort.com can’t wait to be there.

You know the saying about the early bird getting the worm, well the early filmmaker who submits in a timely fashion, will get his work seen and heard (Okay that didn’t sound as cool when I read that out loud).

Nevertheless, it is never too early to consider submitting for Sundance 2017. Interested? Well, Sundance wants you to check back here during the first week of May.

But you just can’t submit your piece “willy-nilly,” without a bit of inside info.

Thanks to this wonderful article with Sundance Film Festival programmer Mike Plante, here are the most important pieces of advice regarding the submission process.

On short film submissions: “8,700 this year, which is the third year in a row we have received over 8,000.”

According to Plante, a 10-person committee screens the films. They are tasked with selecting around 70 shorts out of that batch that will make it to Sundance. That’s an arduous task, folks. Why? Plante said there are usually 300 shorts that the committee really loves. That means they have to break the hearts of 230 submitters before getting to the winners.

The trend from this year’s submissions:

Filmmakers are getting better at telling stories and creating characters in a shorter amount of time. It feels like they are trusting the audience more and more. You don’t need to imitate a feature, in fact that hurts a short film. Less is more. We have hilarious comedies that are less than 7 minutes long, and powerful documentaries with huge stories in just 15 minutes of run time.

And finally, advice for those who want to submit next year. Here is how you can impress a Sundance film programmer:

Did I say less is more yet? Audiences are so savvy at festivals that you can trust them. You don’t have to tell them what to think with more dialogue and “action” for lack of a better word. They watch shorts all the time—TV shows, commercials, music videos, and now actual short films online.  

“World of Tomorrow,” the 2015 winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, is one work that captured the hearts of judges last year. Here is the trailer for that mesmerizing short:

Awesome, right? Now it’s your turn.

 

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Credit: Wikimedia Commons

See The Golden Globes Tonight

We would be remiss if we did not mention the arrival of awards season with tonight’s airing of the 73rd annual Golden Globes. Sorry to disappoint you, but if you’re watching, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler won’t be your co-hosts this year. Instead, British comedian Ricky Gervais will serve as your master of ceremonies.

Expect some edgy and irreverent humor.

 

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Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Denzel Will Be in The Building

Ladies (and some gentlemen) don’t swoon. That’s right, Denzel Washington will be one of the main stars of the evening. He is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award, bestowed to those who have made “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Mr. Washington certainly fits that bill.

Oscar Film Buzz

As far as the big films are concerned, the Globes have long served as the bellwether to the Oscars. The strongest Oscar “Best Picture” contenders from the Globes’ Best Motion Picture, Drama category are “Spotlight” and “The Revenant,” supposedly. In the “Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy” category, Globe nominees “The Big Short” and “The Martian” are seen as the prime contenders as well. Nevertheless, the race is said to be wide open. “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Compton” have their supporters as well.

The 88th Academy Awards will air February 28 at 7pm ET. Until then, we’ll enjoy the awesome three-hour spectacle that is the Golden Globes, and more importantly, we’ll see who gives the most inebriated acceptance speech. Itsashort.com will be watching and it should be fun, fun, fun!