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.

Around the Web…

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?! Hamilton Fever, Short Film Rocks!

Screen Shot 2016-09-19 at 11.52.34 AMWhat’s up, good people?! We’re up to our ears and elbows in movie and short film news. It’s crazy.

The 54th New York Film Festival, the next major event on the festival circuit, promises to be every bit as spectacular as the recently-concluded Toronto International Film Festival.

Ava DuVernay (short film and movie news)

Ava DuVernay/Wikimedia Commons

Hamilton’s America, about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s popular Broadway musical, and Ava DuVernay’s The 13th, about the U.S. prison industry, will premiere at the New York Film Fest.

New York will also feature Gimme Danger, about iconic rock group Iggy and the Stooges. All three docs should generate plenty of buzz, but are they Oscar-worthy? Only time will tell.

What’s more, the festival will showcase 23 shorts in five short film programs.

The New York Film Festival runs from Sept. 30 to October 16. For more information on this spectacular event, see this link.

 

Last Week To Vote

Still from the short film, "Speechless" (short film and movie news)

Still from the short film, “Speechless”

The short films that comprise the Collected Voices Online Film Contest run the gamut, from stories about loss and perseverance to documentaries about art and education.

When it comes to matters of the heart, the Collected Voices contest has you covered with these three shorts.

“Speechless” is a delightful little story about a man on the brink of approaching a woman he admires, but it has a twist. You’ll have to watch the film to find out.

"Before I Leave" (short film and movie news)

“Before I Leave” poster/imdb.com

“Before I Leave” is a much darker story about a man on the brink of a fateful decision. The only question is, will his love for his mother interfere.

Red & Purple (short film and movie news)

Red & Purple

And finally, we can all identify with the age-old story of rediscovering a long lost passion. In “Red & Purple” a medical doctor follows an unlikely path back to her youth and rediscovers the pastime that was always at the center of her heart.

All three of these shorts are eloquent, heartfelt and moving. Which is the best?

Well, that’s up to you to decide.

While you still have time, you should watch and vote for any of these three films. You can watch all eight nominated short films and vote for free. Just hit this link to play. No assembly required.

The contest ends this Friday, September 23.

 

From Around the Web…

The Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) just wrapped up and the winners have been announced! To see the full list, hit this link.

From the upcoming film, Barry (short film and movie news)

From the upcoming film, Barry/imdb.com

Netflix purchased the worldwide rights to Barry, the film chronicling a young Barack Obama.

And… 

Rapper and entertainment mogul Shawn Carter ( aka Jay-Z) recently narrated an intriguing short film titled, “The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail.”

Illustrated by Molly Crabapple, this New York Times short film provides a brief history lesson on the war on drugs — brief but potent. This is a bitter yet satisfying little pill.

And…

We know you hate unsolicited advice, but trust us, you will like this. The Manhattan Short Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, will have over 100,000 film lovers from 250 cities gather at “cinemas, museums and universities for one purpose”: they will watch and vote for the festival’s short film finalists.

For more information on this awesome program and to locate a viewing venue closest to you, please visit this link.

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What’s Up?! Oscar Buzz, Chicago Short Film Docs

Still from Jackie (short film and movie news)

Still from “Jackie” /imdb.com

What’s up, good people?! The days are getting shorter and the temps are getting cooler. But the short film buzz is sizzling, movies too.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) just had its first sale. Fox Searchlight bought the U.S. distribution rights to Jackie, the Jacqueline Kennedy biopic starring Natalie Portman as the former First Lady.

Why is this significant?

Fox Searchlight is planning on releasing the film on Dec. 9, smack dab in the middle of awards season.

Ultimately, Fox Searchlight believes this film could ultimately garner some significant hardware. An Oscar? A Golden Globe? A Screen Actors Guild Award?  Perhaps.

We told you about Jackie several weeks ago, but here is more: the biopic is directed by Pablo Larraín and chronicles the immediate aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

“Pablo Larraín’s Jackie is a daring, one-of-a-kind cinematic portrayal of a beloved icon,” said Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley. “Led by an indelible performance from Natalie Portman and supported by a richly talented ensemble of actors and artists, the film is one we are thrilled to bring to audiences later this year.”. 

 

Vote for These Short Film Docs

The Black Kid Table (short film and movie news)

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An African-American man lands the opportunity of a lifetime, he gets a role in a major movie featuring this huge star.

The day this actor starts working, the huge star notices him. And when that star approaches him, it is to tell a “black” joke, an inappropriate one at that.

This anecdote is from the documentary short film “The Black Kid Table,” one of the entries in the Collected Voices Online Film Contest.  Directed by Stephanie Graham, The Black Kid Table has black subjects from different spheres of society talking about their cringeworthy encounters with racism.

34 Days: Hungry for Justice (short film and movie news)

From “34 Days: Hungry for Justice”

Another intriguing entry in the Collected Voices contest is “34 Days: Hungry for Justice,” a short doc that chronicles a group of Chicago activists who go on a hunger strike to save a community school. The event drew national attention and highlighted the political turmoil around class and education in Chicago.

"Variations" (short film and movie news)

“Variations” poster/Laurie Little

And finally, the inspiring “Variations” chronicles a dancer, a pianist and a visual artist. This short film documentary about these three artists is best summed up in a single line: “Part of what’s breathtaking about us is our variance and flexibility.”

This variance is what’s central to human beauty, states Riva Lehrer, who is featured in this Laurie Little-directed short film.

You can watch and vote for these Collected Voices nominees at this link. You have until September 23 to cast your vote. It’s free and it is fun.

Trust us on this one.

 

Take Us to “La La Land”

Still from "La La Land" (short film and movie news)

Still from “La La Land” /Facebook

The Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone musical La La Land is also getting some of that good Oscar buzz.  It is almost deafening. The film reportedly dazzled audiences and Oscar voters at the Telluride Film Festival. Apparently, it did the same at the recent Venice Film Festival.

Stone won the best actress award at Venice.

Plus, La La Land, which is about a jazz pianist falling for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, is making the fall festival circuit rounds as well. It could also join Jackie as a potential Oscar nominee.

Here is a clip of the Damien Chazelle-directed musical.

 

The VR Short Film You Want To See

Before we leave you, we have to put you up on “Henry,” an animated short film by Facebook’s Oculus Story Studio. It just won an Emmy. The trailer looks so cool. Check it out for yourself.

 

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What’s Up?! Eddie Murphy Returns, Short Film Contest

Eddie Murphy (short film and movie news)

What’s up, good people?! The summer is almost done, but the short film and movie news You Need is heating up.

The most prolific yet enigmatic actor of our generation has returned. Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live’s most famous alum, is coming back to the big screen after a five-year absence. No, he’s not playing a bumbling dad is some mediocre kid’s movie. The 55-year-old comedic actor is returning in a dramatic role that critics are already deeming Oscar worthy. Seriously.

Murphy will play the title role in Mr. Church, a film about a black man who helps to raise a white child whose mother suffers from cancer.

The Hollywood Reporter, which recently interviewed Murphy, stated that Mr. Church is his “best shot at winning the Academy’s attention since The Nutty Professor…”

Said Murphy about the role, which is based on a true story,

I never did anything like this. It was something I could do where there was no pressure at all because there was no expectation because this isn’t a funny thing. The engine of this thing isn’t my sense of humor or what I do or my performance.”

Murphy was nominated but lost out on a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the 2006 film Dreamgirls.

Mr. Church is set to hit theaters September 16. From the looks of it, this will be an Eddie Murphy we have not quite seen before. And that, my friends, is a good thing.

 

Short of the Week

The Art of Human Salvage (short film and movie news)

The Art of Human Salvage poster/Facebook

Our short film selection of the week is a Sci-Fi entry about a 10-year-old boy who faces execution. The question is who will save him.

 

“The Art of Human Salvage” is a riveting short set in a netherworld and inspired by classic films like Blade Runner and Children of Men.

Directed by Dempsey Tillman, this short film stars Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos. In fact, “The Art of Human Salvage” was so popular that the trailer alone garnered over 257K views on Vimeo.

And with good reason: This is a brisk, high energy short film that hits like a shot of expresso.

That’s our way of saying we think you’ll like it.

To see “The Art of Human Salvage,” hit this link.

 

 

Vote For Your Favorite Short Film

Collected Voices: Chicago's Ethnographic Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Collected Voices: Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival/http://www.collectedvoicesfilmfest.com/

Big things are happening around here, folks.

As we announced last week, itsashort.com and Collected Voices have partnered up to introduce the Collected Voices Online Film Contest.

Here’s how it works: Visit our site to watch and vote among eight unique short films that have been nominated for entry. These short film nominees either focus on history, culture or  real life experiences. You can watch all eight films for free and cast your vote, once a day. Winners will be announced on October 29.

Again, you can vote and even encourage your friends to participate by visiting this page on our website.

There are no “hanging chads” here, just cool short film entries for your voting and viewing pleasure.

 

From Around the Web

Riz Ahmed in HBO's "The Night Of" (short film and movie news)

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Variety, one of Hollywood’s leading publications, just announced its “Actors to Watch” list for 2016.

The list includes Oscar award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend, “House of Cards” actors Mahershala Ali and Rachel Brosnahan and the lead actor from HBO’s “The Night Of,” Riz Ahmed.

Rachel Brosnahan (short film and movie news)

Rachel Brosnahan/giphy

What’s great about the list is that its showcases diverse and rising talents in the industry. To see the list for yourself, go here.

And…

Don’t forget! The Toronto International Film Festival is  just two weeks away. The film lineup is staggering, loads of premieres are happening. You can get “the deets” on the feature and short film entries by going here.

One more thing…

The San Diego International Film Festival is over a month away. It will run from September 28 to October 2. For more information on this important event, go to this link.

 

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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?! TCFF, #1 PBS Short Film, Oscar Contenders

Traverse City Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Traverse City Film Festival photo/Traverse City Film Festival–Flickr

What’s up, good people?! The dog days of summer can’t put a damper on all this great short film and movie news that’s happening. Let, ITSASHORT.COM clue you in.

Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival wrapped on Sunday and dozens of filmmakers emerged as big winners, especially women directors. The entire list of winners can be found here, but special mention goes to Kulikar Sotho’s The Last Reel, which won the Founders Grand Prize for Best Film and Rebecca Miller for Maggie’s Plan, which was designated the “Best U.S. Fiction” film.

Two documentaries were bestowed TCFF’s top honor: Cameraperson, directed by Kirsten Johnson, and Unlocking the Cage, directed by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. Both won for “Best U.S. Documentary.”

Out of the 107 shorts that comprised the short film program, six took home awards. “Over,” directed by Jorn Threlfall, won for “Best Fiction Short,” and “Speaking is Difficult,” directed by AJ Schnack, was named “Best Documentary Short.”

The Audience Award for “Best Fiction Short” went to Timothy Busfield and Tommy Lohmann for “One Smart Fellow,” and Amy Nicholson’s “Pickle” won the Audience Award for “Best Documentary Short.”

All in all, TCFF was a rousing success. Thousands attended the festival’s opening night with 82 of the 250 screened films sold out on the first day.

Traverse City Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Traverse City Film Festival photo/Traverse City Film Festival–Flickr

Sounds like a winner to us. Now, it’s time to plan our Traverse City trip for next year.

 

The Short of the Week

Who Is Evelyn Black? (short film and movie news)

Who Is Evelyn Black? poster/http://themichaelfoster.wix.com/evelynblackmovie

So, “Who is Evelyn Black?” That’s the question and title of our “Short Film of the Week,” an intriguing, suspenseful thriller about a woman who leads a double life.

Let’s juts say that, by the end of this film, her duplicity will seem warranted.  Directed by Michael Foster, Evelyn Black is a compelling little short that deserves more attention. It has our stamp of approval.

It will get yours as well. Don’t believe us, just register and watch at this link.

Gold Star for “Gold Star”

Gold Star film poster (short film and movie news)

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Karla Legaspy’s short film “Gold Star” won the PBS Online Film Festival. It beat out 24 other shorts as the contest’s top vote-getter.  

To see this wonderful short film for free.99 (translation: free), visit this link. It will include all the info you’ll need on Gold Star and the other shorts.

 

Awards Season Starts With TIFF

Snowden (short film and movie news)

Still from Snowden/Twitter

Awards season is about to ramp up real soon. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will run from Spetember 8-18, is a kingmaker for the major movie awards.

TIFF has a history of breaking Oscar darlings. Films like Silver Linings Playbook, Argo and The King’s Speech debuted at TIFF before going on to earn gold statues the following year.

A scene from Silver Linings Playbook (short film and movie news)

Silver Linings Playbook/Facebook

Several films that will be screened at TIFF could generate Oscar buzz.

According to CNN, Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, is a potential contender.

Loving, a powerful film about an interracial couple fighting racism and the law in the 1960s, could also vie for a gold statue.

One intriguing entry is the Oliver Stone-directed biopic Snowden, which chronicles the life of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The phenomenal Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the lead role — and we’re not mad at that.

Other films that could get  Oscar love are Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation, Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe (starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o) and Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral.

 

We’ll keep track of TIFF news and the fates of these and other Oscar contenders over the next several months. Meanwhile, feel free to use the info we just shared with you at your next gathering. Our knowledge will be sure to impress your friends — wink!

Fun Short Fact…

Napoleon Dynamite (short film and movie news)

Still from Napoleon Dynamite/Facebook

Did you know that Napoleon Dynamite evolved from a nine-minute short film?

Yeah, we didn’t either. IndieWire recently spilled the tea on how Napoleon Dynamite writer-director Jared Hess came up with his cult comedy hit. It evolved from a short film entitled, “Peluca,” which he shot as a student at Brigham Young University.

IndieWire uncovers the links the short shares with its predecessor, but you can see them for yourself by checking out Peluca in its entirety:

 

Enjoy!

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What’s Up?! #ChewbaccaMom, Top Cannes Movie And Short Film

#Chewbaccamom (movies and short film)

Internet Sensation ##Chewbaccamom (aka Candace Payne)/Twitter

What’s up good people?! Memorial Day is near and WE’RE HERE with the movie and short film news of the week.

The power of short film was on full display as a 4-minute Facebook video turned Texas mother Candace Payne into an internet sensation.

If you were orbiting Saturn last Thursday and missed Payne’s video, have a look-see.

 

Payne walked into a Kohl’s store looking for some Yoga pants and discovered an electronic Star Wars Chewbacca mask for $20. She bought the mask, filmed the video and the rest, as they say, is ‘herstory’. As of Tuesday, Payne’s video scored a whopping 142 million views on Facebook.

It also landed her interviews on Good Morning America, NPR and the BBC. It also earned her a drive with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and CBS The Late Late Show’s James Corden.

 

It was also the perfect marketing moment. Since Payne’s video, the Chewbacca mask has sold out at major retailers and went for as much as $500 on eBay.  Kohl’s delivered Star Wars merchandise to the Payne family and $2500 worth of gift cards, according to the New York Times.

Just as cool was the fact that Payne’s uproarious rendition of the famed Star Wars character earned approval from the actor that played the Wookiee.

 

 

Critics Say This Was The Best Cannes Film

Toni Erdmann (movie and short film)

Toni Erdmann poster/Facebook

The Cannes Film Festival wrapped on Monday, and a modest German comedy ended up being its most beloved movie.

The film “Toni Erdmann” got shut out from the top prize at Cannes. The coveted Palme d’Or award went to the film “I, Daniel Blake” by socialist filmmaker Ken Loach. Loach’s win was stunning because it was not recognized as Cannes top film. According to critics, Toni Erdmann earned that distinction.

It was Toni Erdmann that lifted the mood of the festival and had critics chuckling, says the New York Times. While it lost out to I, Daniel Blake, the film’s popularity has raised the profile of 39-year-old director Maren Ade.

The rave reviews of Ade’s third feature earned her 30 hours of interviews with 60 journalists from more than 15 countries.

And despite being shut out, Toni Erdmann ended up garnering some cool consolation prizes: international rights deals out the wazoo. Sony Pictures Classics bought the rights to distribute Toni Erdmann in North America.

So expect this Cannes crowdpleaser to debut at a theater near you.

 

Top Short At Cannes

Timecode Director Juanjo Giménez (short film and movies)

Timecode Director Juanjo Giménez/Facebook

The top short film at Cannes was about the lives of two security guards.

Timecode, by Spanish director Juanjo Giménez, won the short film Palme d’Or. Timecode is about the relationship between two security guards on duty. In filming this short, Giménez utilized parking lot cameras in order to deliver the short film.

According to one publication, Giménez prefers the short film genre to longer movies because they allow him to bring out the best in cinematic language in a way that provides more freedom than that of long motion pictures.

For a list of all the Cannes 2016 winners, click this amazing link.

 

We Looove LA — The FilmFest, That Is

LA Film Festival Poster (short film and movie news)

LA Film Festival Poster/Facebook

As we announced last week, the next stop on the film festival circuit is the vaunted LA Film Festival, which runs June 1-9 in the City of Angels. This fest is all about independent filmmakers. And this year, it will also be about EDM music. Zedd, one of the world’s most popular Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artists, will have his feature-length documentary “Zedd True Colors” premiere at the LA Film Festival.

Zedd and Ariana Grande (short film and movie news)

Zedd and Ariana Grande be jammin.

The LA Film Festival is also a destination event for short filmmakers. A short film selected to the LA Film Festival automatically qualifies for consideration by the Academy Awards in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Short Film categories.

For more information about this fest, check out this link.

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

The Jungle Book movie poster (short film and movie news)

The Jungle Book movie poster/YouTube

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.

Counting Money gif (movie and short film news)

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

Nashville Skyline (movie and short film news)

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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.

(500) Days of Summer movie poster (short film and movie news)

(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.

Wow (movie and short film news)

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

FirstGlance Short Online Contest

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?

Bill Clinton, Thumbs Up (movie and short film news)

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?! The Next Blockbuster And Diverse Oscar Short Films

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Poster/Facebook

What’s up, good people?! Happy Valentine’s Day from itsashort.com (It’s The Day After, And We’re Still Celebrating)! Love is STRONG, and so is our affection for short films.

Speaking of love, audiences have been showing a lot of it to “Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds. The film made a whopping $135 million this weekend.

But there is another monster blockbuster on the horizon, and it’s expected to drop in less than six weeks. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is projected to be the next major crowd pleaser. The film’s final trailer is phenomenal, and the early word is that Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, and Jesse Eisenberg, who plays villain Lex Luthor, are absolutely remarkable. See for youself:

According to Cinema Blend, this will be a critical film in laying the groundwork for future DC Comics-themed movies:

In addition to pitting the world’s most popular superheroes against each other, Batman v Superman also introduces Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to the DC Extended Universe, and lays the groundwork for future Justice League movies.

 The film hits theaters March 25, and itsashort.com cannot wait to be in attendance.

 

A True Valentine’s Day Delight

The Color of Her Dress, a short film by James Poirier

The Color of Her Dress/Tenth Gate Productions

But enough of that, what really has you inspired is all this talk about love. At itsashort.com, we have our Valentine’s Day faves like “Titanic,” “Casablanca,” “The Notebook” and “Love Jones.”

But what about romantic short films?

Folks, they do exist. One such work is “The Color of Her Dress,” a tantalizing piece that highlights the courtship of strangers.

Was it the color of her dress, the look in her eye, a stolen glance…can he conquer his fear and live his dream?

The film evokes all those sickly, sweet feelings of infatuation and desire. It’s a five -minute whirl of warmth, possibility and wanting. To get a taste of what we’re talking about, check out the trailer below:

 

Thanks to award-winning director James Poirier, you will want to repeatedly encounter this dizzying, five-minute dance. It is the perfect little ditty for Valentine’s Day in our estimation. You can register at itsashort.com and watch it in its entirety right here.

You can thank us later.

There Will Be Diversity At The Oscars

Chris Rock (movies and short films)

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Itsashort.com believes you’re looking in the wrong place.

While folks remain fixated on the lack of diverse Oscar nominees in the acting and feature film categories, they have overlooked one particular subgenre: short films.

That’s right, the 15 Oscar-nominated short films in the live action, documentary and animated categories are some of the most diverse and wide-ranging offerings of the program. And according to a recent report in USA Today,

Roughly 30% of the nominated shorts are by female filmmakers, and more than a dozen countries are represented, including Chile (Bear Story), Russia (We Can’t Live Without Cosmos) and Pakistan (A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness).

We previewed one of the nominees here, the Disney Pixar-animated short “Sanjay’s Super Team,” about a young Indian boy contending with the modern world and his family’s Hindu traditions. The film is reportedly the frontrunner to garner the Oscar for the Short Film (Animated) category.

The frontrunner for the Short Film (Live Action) award is “Ava Maria,” by British-Palestinian director Basil Khalil. Believe it or not, it is a comedy involving nuns, five Palestinian nuns to be exact. They are forced to break their rituals when an Israeli family’s vehicle breaks down outside their convent. Check out the trailer below:

Another Oscar favorite in the Short Film (Documentary) category is Body Team 12, a harrowing work about Ebola in the African Nation of Liberia. Humanitarian David Darg, who shot the film, embedded himself with a team that collected and cremated the bodies of Ebola virus victims.

The trailer itself is heart-rending:

The fact that these Oscar short films truly reflect the diversity of our world is encouraging. You can also watch all of these shorts at a theater near you. Stay tuned for the 88th Annual Academy Awards with host Chris Rock, who will certainly have his joke pistol locked and loaded. Itsashort.com hopes he can save some of that ammo to highlight these awesome and wonderfully diverse short films.

Don’t you agree?

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What’s Up?! Sundance And Oscar-Nominated Short Films

The Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre, home base for Sundance features and short films.

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What’s up, good people? The 32nd Sundance Film Festival launches in less than four days, and itsashort.com will be in the building for all those wonderful short films.

If you can’t make it, that’s okay. We have all the info you need to be a Sundance pro, whether you’re in Park City or not. Info on the short films, features, panels and the works will be made available to stream right where you are. There will even be round-the-clock updates via Twitter and Instagram.

You can stream Live@Sundance events at Sundance.org/festival and at its official YouTube page.

Lena Dunham, featured guest at Sundance Film Festival.

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A host of festival highlights are on deck, including a conversation with Lena Dunham, the actress, writer, producer and director best known for HBO’s “Girls” and Norman Lear, the writer/producer whose classic television shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude” and others redefined the sitcom genre. That event takes place Friday, January 22, 1:30 PM EST, which you can stream here.

We may be getting ahead of ourselves, but itsashort.com can’t wait to attend the “Power of Story: The Art of Film” conversation, which features acclaimed filmmakers Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight series, Interstellar) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World). The panel takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. The good news is that you will be able to stream this too.

The full slate of streamable Live@Sundance events is available here.

Got it? Great.

 

George Lucas, Pixar And These Oscar-Nominated Short Films

Filmmaker George Lucas championed one the year's best short films.

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The feature film stuff is fine, but itsashort.com is more interested in the 15 short films recently nominated for Oscars. Here’s the skinny: they represent three categories (animated, documentary and live-action) and span six to 40 minutes in length.

There are several notable inclusions this year, like the vastly popular “Sanjay’s Super Team,” the directorial debut by Pixar animator Sanjay Patel. According to Bustle, Sanjay’s Super Team is “partly biographical, and is based upon Patel’s experiences growing up in California with Indian immigrant parents.”

A clip of the animated short film has already garnered more than 1.8 million views, which you can see below:

And speaking of cool stories, there’s this one about the gripping short, “Day One,” its creator Henry Hughes and Star Wars creator George Lucas.

After serving two combat tours in Afghanistan, Hughes became a student at the American Film Institute. While there, according to Entertainment Weekly, Lucas became his mentor. The legendary filmmaker would champion Hughes’ “Day One,” which is about an Afghan-American woman’s first day as a translator with the U.S. Military in Afghanistan. The film is based on Hughes’ own experiences working alongside a female translator when he was an infantry soldier and paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne, according to EW.

Here is the trailer for “Day One”:

In the Entertainment Weekly feature, Hughes mentions how Lucas came to be his mentor:

…there is a veterans’ organization called American Corporate Partners. And they find a veteran in search of a mentor, and this mentor is in a profession or industry that the veteran is pursuing. I happened to get George Lucas…And so [Lucas] saw some of my earlier work, and I guess he agreed that it was okay enough to mentor me.

The guidance Lucas gave him on filmmaking:

He asked me who I made films for, if I made films for filmmakers, or I made films for an audience. He said it’s an important question you had to ask…

And finally, his plans for “Day One,” which he plans to develop into a longer feature:

“Yes, I’m currently developing a feature based on the interpreter character. I just think that she has an inspiring story that needs to be told.”

“Sanjay’s Super Team” and “Day One” will compete in the Short Film (Animated) and Short Film (Live Action) categories, respectively. Itsashort.com is looking forward to February 28, the night the 88th Academy Awards will take place.

Below are the list of nominees in each short film category:

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Body Team 12

Chau, beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Last Day of Freedom

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Shok

Stutterer

 

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