What’s Up?! itsashort and Sundance

sundance blog post 12-7-17The long awaited list of Shorts for the Sundance Film Festival is released!There are 66 shorts this year and they fall into four distinct categories: US Narrative, International Narrative, Animation and Documentary. The US shorts seem to all deal with some variation of a heartbreaking moment which is the tension point for the drama of the short…there are others that truly capture real life moments or true stories, but again kind of sad. itsashort.com will be at Sundance tracking these artists to learn more about their work, their inspiration and their experiences.

SHORT STORY ABOUT LUCK

This weeks featured Short Film on the itsashort.com platform is Short Story About Luck. We love this short film, it was part of the First Glance Online Short Film Contest this fall. It totally changes the way you think about Luck!

Short Story About Luck TRAILER from Nathaniel Czarnecki on Vimeo. Nathaniel Czarnecki is an amazing artist from Krakow Poland. Short film and commercial work for major brands have been his primary focus.

Panamanian International Film Festival just finished its festival run December 4, 2017 in Los Angeles.  Check out the festival in its third year…the industry panels look spot on! We are huge fans of Angela McCrae and the other amazing panelists!

As we gear up for the 2018 festival season, we have to be thankful for a great 2017. We met many new artists and went to many festivals this year. We continue to partner with new festivals every week and look forward to introducing everyone to new artists. There were so many new shorts and features and a trend we love which is that short film are more often premiering in large theaters ahead of a major feature film.

Tinsel and Tine published a post about an amazing environmental film festival in Philadelphia. Our favorite was a film titled A Plastic Ocean, available on Vimeo. Seems like the strategy for using the ocean as a site for refuse has serious consequences! Ocean trash has become a major issue…thanks to the documentary filmmakers for this thoughtful piece.

A Plastic Ocean

A Plastic Ocean from Brainstorm Media on Vimeo.

At itsashort.com the work of the artists is what we celebrate and finding ways to share their work with our audiences….well that’s what we do!

What’s Up?! Bigger Sundance Short Film Program!

"The Diver" short film

Still from  Sundance short film, “The Diver”

what’s up, good people?! it’s awards season and time to pay attention to short film in the major festivals.

The Sundance Institute has announced the complete list of 68, (that’s right, sixty-eight) short film titles for the 2017 showcase. The higher numbers are due in part to the debut programming initiative, The New Climate, featuring short films on environmental issues. Variety seems to think next year will be better than ever. We believe them.

Click the link to see the short film lineup for Sundance, which runs January 19 – 29.

 

This Week’s Short

The BriefThis Week’s Short is the first installment of a four-part webseries–an original, scripted work that was created, written, and produced by an actual ad agency about the goings on of ad agencies. Comedically speaking, of course.

It’s Austin’s first day in the office and he’s shaking in his pants…so to speak. He and his new partner, Scoot, are handed their first assignment and it’s important that they ‘wow’ the client in Matt Sadowski’s “The Brief.”

Click here to check out this one-of-a-kind marketing strategy about one-of-a-kind marketing strategies.

 

 Around the Web…

Palm SpringsIf you’re somewhere where the cold of winter is creeping into your bones, you might want to make arrangements to find yourself basking in the sun at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The schedule runs from January 2 – 16, but important dates start in December, like when tickets are available to the public (December 20). For details on how short films can keep you warm, click here.

Then follow up in the summer months for the Palm Springs International Shortfest. The schedule for the short film fest isn’t available just yet, but mark your calendar for attending some time around June 2017. For a glimpse of what this fest has to offer, check out the 2016 short film award winners.

 

Wayne's WorldFan of Rock & Roll? Yup. Fan of short film? Of course. Well, the two have come together in the best way possible. The song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, iconized by the song’s release and again by the famous scene in Wayne’s World (click the image above to revisit), has been transformed into an amazingly thoughtful short film by the folks at Corridor Digital and VideoBlocks. The song lyrics were translated into a script and the rest is beautiful music/movie magic. Watch the cinematic storytelling below.

Exciting stuff, good people.

Our Mission

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What’s Up?! Palm Springs Shorts Film Fest & Sundance

Palm Springs Int'l. ShortFest (short film and movie news)

Palm Springs Int’l. ShortFest/Instagram

What’s up, good people?! No fear, this week’s roundup of movie and short film news is here.

The Palm Springs International ShortFest, one of the most acclaimed festivals in the world, just wrapped up its biggest event yet. Last month, it featured over 300 short films from over 50 countries. The ShortFest also showcased a three-day conference dedicated to the next wave of filmmaking, Virtual Reality.

Itsashort.com corresponded with Palm Springs ShortFest director Helen du Toit to talk about the festival’s future and the works that were featured. She even doled out a bit of advice for filmmakers looking to submit for next year’s ShortFest.

Itsashort.com: What made this year’s Palm Springs ShortFest different from previous ones?

Helen du Toit: Many of the films in the festival this year explored themes of immigration, displacement and refugees — which is a clear reflection of major issues impacting people the world over. Interestingly, the perspectives of the filmmakers were ultimately hopeful, despite documenting stories of hardship or conflict.

Still photo from "Bon Voyage" (short film and movie news)

Still photo from “Bon Voyage”/Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest

Itsashort: What quality/qualities did the winning selections possess that differentiated them from the competition?

du Toit: The jury’s selections definitely skewed towards themes of migration. Honestly, the level of craftsmanship was extremely high, boding very well for the future of film.

Itsashort: How do you see the ShortFest evolving over the next few years?

du Toit: Our primary goal is to provide a platform for international emerging filmmakers to network and hone their skills. Many of them say that it is like Summer Camp for international filmmakers. We intend to build on the current successes and bring in more and more students and young filmmakers every year.

Still photo from "Taking Flight" (short film and movie news)

Still photo from “Taking Flight”/Palm Springs Int’l. ShortFest

Itsashort.com: What advice would you give to prospective filmmakers interested in submitting to the Palm Springs International ShortFest?

du Toit: Because the programming team sees over 4000 submissions, it is crucial to be as original as possible in your storytelling. And before you start shooting, know what you want to say. You are not just directing your actors on set, you are directing the audience to witness your own specific view of the world. Plus, we are ALWAYS looking for great comedies!

 

Itsashort.com’s “Short of the Week”

"Intersection" Short Film (short film and movie news)

“Intersection” Short Film poster/Facebook

Intersection,” directed by Brendan Beachman, takes place at — you guessed it — an intersection in the middle of nowhere.

Everything seems copacetic with two construction workers until a supernatural event occurs.

This graphic, mind-trip of a short film features stunning cinematography, special effects and editing.  Did we mention that it is satisfyingly creepy as well?

To see this critically-acclaimed short film, hit this link.

Oh, and prepare to have your mind BLOWN.

 

Sundance Shorts Coming To A Theater Near You

2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour (short film and movie news)

2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour/Sundance.org

A 90-year-old woman tries bacon for the first time. A police officer incorporates a Bruce Springsteen song into an awkward eulogy and a group of Senegalese street vendors fight over a piece of New York City sidewalk.

Those stories are just part of the 2016 Sundance Short Film Tour, a veritable hodge-podge of films that range from the compelling to the downright absurd.

The short film tour, which started last month, will play at 35 venues across the country.

In a recent review, The Hollywood Reporter attested to the random nature of Sundance’s 95-minute short film program:

Here, one finds every kind of thing, from quirky docs and neorealist dilemmas to animation and dive-bomb Surrealism.

The short film about the nonagenarian trying bacon for the first time, Bacon & God’s Wrath, is one of the standouts, along with the short about a cop doing his mother’s Eulogy (Thunder Road). Asantewaa Prempeh’s Jungle, which chronicles two Senegalese street vendors trying to eke out a living, has also drawn raves.

For more information about the 2016 Sundance Short Film Tour, see this link. And speaking of the Sundance, filmmakers looking to submit to the 2017 festival, should visit this link.

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 subscribe for $2 a month to see the wonderful work of these creatives.

 

 

What’s Up?! Happy 2016, Ya’ll

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Wikimedia Common

Sundance is Just Around the Corner and Down the Block

If you read our blog from two weeks ago, you already know that the granddaddy of all film festivals, the Sundance Film Festival 2016, takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Utah. And itsashort.com will be there, front and center.

Sundance will boasts an impressive lineup of 72 short films, from documentary and animated selections to international and “New Frontier” films. What’s more, this event is attracting wider audiences, more than ever before, according to one of the event’s coordinators.

Mike Plante, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Our longstanding showcase of short films has become a home for audiences who love watching these rowdy, sweet, scary and surprising stories. In recent years, shorts have taken on a bigger presence within the film and media industries, helping more and more people feel the power and potential of these short-on-time, big-on-ideas films.”

Plante is the man to know at Sundance. He’s one of 10 people who selects the films that appears at Sundance. He offers some much needed advice to filmmakers in this interview. If you get a minute, you might want to check out Shorts on SundanceTV, which features a library of short films curated by Plante himself.

One thing is for sure, itsashort.com can’t wait to meet, Mike Plante to take some selfies.

 

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Add “Attend SXSW” To Your List of New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is upon us, and in the first 48 hours of 2016, you have already worn out that gym membership and read the table of contents for just about every popular self-help book published in the last 15 years. You are a monster right now: an unstoppable, irresistible force. Just remember to keep it up. Most of your peers will quit by March, but not you. You have creative goals to accomplish and films to pitch and shoot.

Speaking of March, the 2016 SXSW Film Conference and Festival takes place March 11-19 at the Austin Convention Center, and it is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most prominent film showcases. In other words, you have to be there. Itsashort.com certainly will be in the building.

The video below should inspire you to meet us out there:

Passes to the eight-day festival are not cheap, but the lineup looks legit (as usual): renowned actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Kerry Washington are the headliners. Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some” will be the festival’s opening night feature. Yet, the array of panels, networking opportunities and short film screenings should be nothing short of scintillating.

The short film sections include narrative, documentary and animated shorts, among others. In keeping with this whole “New Year, New You” deal, the SXSW Film Festival, which runs concurrently with the SXSW Music and Interactive programs, could be a game changer for your 2016.

You could meet potential investors for your next project or future collaborators who can assist in materializing your idea. Again, if the registration fees don’t make you sneeze, go for it. This is the year for your breakthrough, right?

For more information on registration for the SXSW Film Festival, visit this link.

If you come out, be sure to follow itsashort.com for the latest news on our SXSW journey. We can’t wait to see you there.

 

Star Wars “Awakens” at The Register – Big Time

 

In case you lost count, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has amassed record numbers at the box office: $740.266 million in the United States in 17 Days and $1.51 billion worldwide and rising, according to Forbes. It is the fastest film ever to $1 billion mark and appears to be on its way to topping Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time domestically. Even after two weeks, the trailer still gives us chills:

At any rate, the box office take is enough to rival the gross domestic product of the Maldives. Still, one question remains: how many lightsabers does that buy? We at itsashort.com would like to know.

Here’s to a creative, abundant and prosperous 2016, good people.