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SHORTSHD SHORTS AWARDS 2014 HONORS 2014 OSCAR® NOMINEES AND INDUSTRY INFLUENCERS WHO HAVE HELPED ELEVATE GLOBAL AWARENESS FOR SHORT FILMS
FORMER MUMBAI BOY MAKES IT ON AMERICAN TV
HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL - FILMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
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SHENZHEN TIMES ANNOUNCE GROUNDBREAKING DEAL FOR CHINESE
SHORTS INTERNATIONAL TO BRING CHINESE
FILMS TO U.S. TV
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ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
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FULL FRAME '14: THE LION'S SHARE OF SHORT FORM
2nd April 2014
REAL SCREEN - by Adam Benzine
Despite only being 15 minutes long, Lucy Walker’s doc The Lion’s Mouth Opens was one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance festival. Here, the two-time Oscar-nominee (pictured) tells realscreen why big things can come in small packages.
With the world premiere of The Lion’s Mouth Opens at January’s Sundance Film Festival, director Lucy Walker scored two notable coups.
Firstly, the launch earned her the rare distinction of having had five films premiere at the Utah festival in five years, with Lion’s Mouth following on the heels of Waste Land and Countdown to Zero (both in 2010), The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2012) and The Crash Reel (2013).
But perhaps more notably, her latest work managed to become one of the most discussed and buzzed-about films to play in Park City this year – despite the fact that it is only 15 minutes long.
The short doc garnered major news coverage from the likes of ABC News and the Los Angeles Times, and was described by Filmmaker magazine as being “the most emotionally devastating film” to play at the fest, in spite of its length. Rarely has a short made such an impact.
The documentary follows LA-based actor Marianna Palka, whose father suffers from Huntington’s Disease, a crippling neurodegenerative disorder that debilitates both the mind and body, and has no known cure. Offspring have a 50-50 chance of inheriting the disease from a parent.
The film unfolds in two simple acts, with the first slowly introducing the audience to Palka and her friends, and building tension ahead of a visit to her doctor, who hands her an envelope revealing whether or not she too carries the Huntington’s gene. The second act follows her and her friends’ reactions to the news.
Palka and Walker share mutual friends, but despite both being Sundance regulars, had failed to run into each other over several years of coming to Park City.
“She rang me up out of the blue one day and said, ‘I have a feeling I’m supposed to call you,’” Walker tells realscreen. “She said, ‘I wanted to reach out because you are a filmmaker that I love and I’m going through this thing, which I think could be a documentary.’”
When first told of Palka’s potential diagnosis, Walker admits she was unfamiliar with Huntington’s Disease. “I went home and Googled it, and I cried for about three days,” she recalls, adding, “This is a very harrowing disease.”
Walker decided to make a doc immediately, with no funding, and to film it “in the most bare-bones way” possible, with just herself acting as sound recordist, and Crash Reel cinematographer Nick Higgins on camera.
“I wanted to film before she got her result,” Walker explains. “I said, ‘We shouldn’t just film you after you get the result – you’ll never have this moment again where you don’t know – so we should film that moment, and we’ll figure out what to do before you get the result and how to film it.
“I wanted first of all to make it as a gift for people with Huntington’s Disease, and second of all as a gift to Marianna, because she was going through such a difficult time,” the British director adds.
“I know as a filmmaker that documentaries can be very helpful and can give purpose when you’re suffering horribly; the idea that your pain somehow can benefit somebody, even if it’s not you, is a tremendously consoling thought.”
Following last year’s feature doc The Crash Reel – which won Walker a SXSW audience prize and a DGA nomination, among its many plaudits – The Lion’s Mouth Opens is one of three shorts to be recently produced by the filmmaker.
In December, the director released Daredevil on a Snowmobile, a five-and-a-half-minute-long film about the death of X Games star Caleb Moore, for the New York Times‘ Op-Doc series. And at SXSW in March, she premiered David Hockney IN THE NOW (in six minutes), a short film focusing on the British artist.
Both Lion’s Mouth and Hockney will play at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow (April 3) and runs until April 6 in North Carolina. The two-time Oscar-nominee has also been tapped to curate the festival’s annual thematic program, which will this year focus on the role of the subject in documentary film.
For all of her films, both short and long, Walker says she seeks out the resilience of the human spirit, whether via the garbage dump-dwellers living in abject poverty in Waste Land, the tsunami survivors featured in Cherry Blossom, or the recovering snowboarder at the heart of The Crash Reel.
“My films are very much about showing people in emotional circumstances, digging deep and finding the kind of grace that you can only dream of,” she offers, “truly special people.”
Beyond her short form work, the director is also penning a screenplay for Film4 on the life of the late French intellectual Simone de Beauvoir, and says she harbors ambition for further narrative work.
“I love narrative films and I think it would be really wonderful to be able to switch between both of them,” she says. “When you’re making a fiction film you have so much control but you have to work really hard for the authenticity, whereas when you’re making a documentary film, you have all the authenticity you want, but you have to work really hard to have any control over it."
That said, with the die having been cast by the events of Lion’s Mouth, she is now exploring the possibility of making a longitudinal documentary on Palka, which would follow her and her family over the course of the next decade.
“We’ve been talking about making this the first step in a film project following her and her family for years to come, which I think is a beautiful idea.
“I think I see myself being a sort of conduit for this extraordinary person,” Walker adds, “and this extraordinary story, to be observed by the outside world"
SHORTSHD™ SHORTS AWARDS 2014 HONOR 2014 OSCAR® NOMINEES AND INDUSTRY INFLUENCERS WHO HAVE HELPED ELEVATE GLOBAL AWARENESS FOR SHORT FILMS
March 1, 2014
March 1, 2014 Paley Center For Media, Beverly Hills, CA---ShortsHD™, The Short Movie Channel in high-definition announced this evening the winners of the 4th annual Shorts Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in short films and the most prestigious shorts from around the world. The evening, which has become a must-attend event during Oscar® week, honored the Oscar® Nominated Short Filmmakers during a special star-studded ceremony held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The Shorts Awards 2014 was hosted by Julie Moran and her husband, actor Rob Moran.
During the celebration, ShortsHD presented the Nominees Awards to the Oscar® Nominated 2014 Shorts in the Live Action, Animation and Documentary categories. At the Shorts Awards 2014, ShortsHD™ honored 6 global industry influencers with the Shorts Visionary Awards, recognizing established filmmakers, actors and organizations who have embraced the medium’s reputation for bucking trends, contributing their considerable talents to innovative short movies that embody the genre’s best qualities.
The 2014 Shorts Visionary Awards were given to the following honorees:
· Visionary Actor: Navid Negahban (Iranian-American actor and regular on Showtime’s Homeland and Fox’s 24).
· Visionary Leader in Education: Marilyn Beker (senior screenwriting professor at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television and the author of The Screenwriter Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies and Screenwriting).
INTERNATIONAL VISIONARY AWARDS:
· Netherlands Film Fund. Acclaimed actor Rutger Hauer led the Netherlands delegation to the Shorts Awards and accepted the award on behalf of Film Funds. He is known for his roles in such major feature films including: Blade Runner, Lady Hawke, Batman Begins, Sin City and The Hitcher. He’s starred in over 5 short films and directed 3.
· EYE International. The Award was accepted by Marieke Oudejans (film and television producer from the Netherlands). Eye International is responsible for all of the marketing and promotion of Dutch films.
· UPC Netherlands. The Award was accepted by Lukas Kernell (Liberty Global’s VP of Programming). UPC Netherlands is the 2nd largest cable TV operator in the Netherlands.
CINECAUSE VISIONARY AWARD:
· Lucy Walker for Outstanding Achievement in Social Impact Film (her films include feature documentaries The Crash Reel, Waste Land, Countdown to Zero, Blindsight, and Devil's Playground. Her most notable short films are The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom and The Lion's Mouth Opens.
The Shorts Awards also honored the following 2014 Oscar® Nominees in the Short Film categories of Live Action, Animation and Documentar:
Live Action Short Film Nominees
· “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” -Director: Esteban Crespo, Spain/Spanish.
· “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” -Directors: Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras; France/French
·“Helium” -Directors Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson; Denmark/Danish
· “Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” - Directors: Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari; Finland/Finnish
·“The Voorman Problem” -Directors: Mark Gill and Baldwin Li; UK/English
Animated Short Film Nominees
· “Feral” -Directors Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden; USA/Non-dialogue
· “Get a Horse!” -Directors: Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim; USA/English
· “Mr. Hublot” -Directors: Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares; Luxembourg/France/Non-dialogue
· “Possessions” -Director: Shuhei Morita; Japan/Non-dialogue
· “Room on the Broom” -Directors: Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, voices by Simon Pegg, Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon; UK/English
Documentary Short Film Nominees
· “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” -Directors: Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed; Canada/USA/UK–English
· “Karama Has No Walls” -Director: Sara Ishaq; UAE/UK/Yemen–Arabic
· “Facing Fear” -Director: Jason Cohen; USA/English
· “Cavedigger” -Director Jeffrey Karoff; USA/English
· “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” -Director: Edgar Barens; USA/English
ShortsHD CEO Carter Pilcher commented, “This evening’s Shorts Awards brought together the top filmmakers, visionaries and supporters of short films globally. It is an enormous honour to recognize these filmmakers who are succeeding in some of the most difficult storytelling in Hollywood. We are pleased to be able to recognize amazing Visionaries who go the extra mile to support and expand short filmmaking and are especially excited to recognize the work of The Netherlands and its institutions in support of short filmmaking.”
In 2010, to heighten the public's awareness of short movies and the Oscar® nominees, ShortsHD™ launched the Shorts Awards in the run-up to the Oscars® in Los Angeles. In addition to honoring each of the 15 nominees, the organization bestowed the first "Lifetime Achievement Award in Short Film" on John Lasseter and three Visionary Awards to established filmmakers who have embraced short films, including Melissa Leo (who also won Best Supporting Actress), Kenneth Branagh and June Foray. Since then ShortsHD™ has bestowed honors on filmmaking greats such as Bill Plympton as Visionary Animator and Nick Parks for Lifetime Achievement. Last year’s honorees included Martin Freeman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nik Powell, Matthew Modine and Joan Gratz.
The Oscar® Nominated Shorts 2014 are currently being distributed by ShortsHD™ theatrically and via iTunes and Amazon, as well as on the cable industry’s Movies on Demand platform and on satellite VOD platforms.
For more information, visit http://theoscarshorts.shorts.tv/ or find us on Facebook: facebook.com/shortshd and Twitter: twitter.com/shortshd.
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FORMER MUMBAI BOY MAKES IT ON AMERICAN TV
January 28, 2014 - 12:39am IST
TNN - by Linah Baliga
MUMBAI: After winning multiple awards on the festival circuit for his films and successfully establishing his film production company in Los Angeles, former Mumbai-boy Suniil Sadarangani now adds another feather in his cap.
The filmmaker/ producer has now secured a top of the line distribution deal with America's number one short film distributor, Shorts International on their national TV network. As part of this endeavour, Sadarangani's film 'In Transit' has been selected from the 3000 films on the SI network to be promoted in a unique promotional activity. Marshall Nord, President of Shorts International says, "Of the 3000 films on our US network, we selected 120 -of which "In Transit" is one of them. It has been a careful selection. This promotion is really to give filmmakers a chance to talk to the audience about their film." In Transit has also been featured by Shorts International as one of the top ten films of 2013 and available on iTunes.
Sadarangani and Stev Elam, 'In Transit's' award-winning film director (former assistant to Ridley Scott) shot for the promo which can be viewed by the American audience on the SI TV channel through the DirecTV and AT&T U-verse satellite platforms. "We're really excited. This is a great opportunity to promote my work exclusively on a platform like Shorts International because they represent the best short films globally and are the go-to company for most of the Oscar nominated and Oscar winning short films down the years. My other film 'Blind' too is part of this," says Sadarangani. Nord adds, "This is a small effort for us to allow the filmmaker to introduce their films. Hopefully, growing into something more. Promotions start December and continuing."
HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL - FILMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
October 24, 2013
SPORTS VOICE - by Steve Nicewanger
October is my favorite month of the year for many reasons, not the least of which it is the month for the Heartland Film Festival. The Heartland Film Festival hosts film makers from all over the world. The film makers bring the films, present them on the big screen, discuss the films and the art of film making with fans and professionals alike, and get an opportunity to meet other film makers. It’s a time when Indianapolis has an opportunity to put its best foot forward and show the world the next generation of film makers and the visual treasures they are creating.
Last Thursday I was invited to attend a luncheon reception downtown at Bazbeaux Pizza in order to meet and talk with Carter Pilcher. Mr. Pilcher is the CEO of Shorts International, a London, England based company which specializes in short film production and distribution. Mr. Pilcher is also the producer and chief of SHORTSHD which is a television network which broadcasts short films across the United States and is available on DirecTV HD Extra Pack and through AT&T HD Premire Package. Mr. Pilcher is originally from Terre Haute but now resides in London. He is an internationally known expert in short films and has an extensive background in their production and distribution. More importantly, Mr. Pilcher is a member of the Short Film and Feature Animation Branch of Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, (AMPAS), so he is one the people who selects the Oscar nominees. It would seem to be a logical progression that Mr. Pilcher and SHORTSHD would become sponsors of the short films presented at the Heartland Festival. Carter Pilcher has managed to get the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on board as a co-sponsor. Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus was also at the luncheon and is a very enthusiastic supporter of Heartland’s short film entries. Mr. Pilcher, Mr. Belskus, and Nikki Guzofsky of Fabric Media all believe that the next generation of film makers is coming from the artists who are entered in the Heartland Festival.
The films presented by Heartland Film Festival represent the finest of filmmaking in the world. Viewing these incredible movies brings us together with the people we share the earth with. The movies and the artists who create them point out and underline the common human experience. Their joys, sorrows, the challenges, and triumphs that are the marrow of life. The Heartland Film Festival is a chance for all of us Hoosiers to become part of the international community and salute the talented individuals who make these unforgettable films.
/ SHORTSTV AND SHENZHEN TIMES ANNOUNCE GROUNDBREAKING
DEAL FOR CHINESE SHORT MOVIES - 17 May 2013
the Shenzhen Media Group and Shorts International, the
parent company of ShortsHD and ShortsTV announced their
groundbreaking deal to bring Chinese short movies to television
audiences across the United States and Europe. This marks
the first time in the history of Chinese filmmaking that
award-winning Chinese short films will be available outside
signing ceremony marks both the culmination of the 4th
China International (KingBonn) New Media Shorts Festival,
the largest short film festival in China, and an important
element in the opening day of the largest cultural fair
of Chinese crafts and manufacturing in China. The Ceremony
took place today, May 17, in the Rose Hall of the Ninth
China International Cultural Industries Fair. The Director
of State General Administration of Press and Publication,
Radio and Television Networks Luo Jianhui, and Deputy
Director of the Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture,
Sports and Tourism Han Xianyuan attended the signing
ceremony. In addition, the jury of the prestigious KingBonn
Award for excellence in New Media Short Films, the shortlisted
competitors and the Festival's distinguished guests
from Germany, France, Spain and other countries also
marks an important step for Chinese film. For the first
time, independent short films made here in China by emerging
film directors will be freely available to American, European
and African television audiences," said Mr. Zheng,
the Chairman of the Shenzhen Times Network Media Company,
Ltd. "We are excited that after only 4 years, KingBonn-awarded
films are gaining international recognition. This puts
the KingBonn Festival in the front rank of short film
festivals around the world."
first seven films are all previous winners of a KingBonn
New Media Short Film Award, and as such, are recognized
as some of the best short films made in China. In addition,
the two companies signed a strategic cooperation agreement
pledging joint efforts to support short filmmaking in
China and in the USA and Europe.
two agreements mark an important step forward for China.
We are excited to be partnering with China's cutting edge
media group," said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive
of Shorts International. "ShortsHD and ShortsTV will
be the first networks in the Western world to begin broadcasting
Chinese short films and interviews with China's emerging
The groundbreaking deal for the KingBonn short films was
signed by ShenZhen Times Network Media Ltd --a subsidiary
of ShenZhen Media Group, for television distribution on
ShortsHD in the United States and on ShortsTV across Europe.
The seven shorts include "I Am Brave", "Grandfather",
"Kiss", "Moon Rabbit", "Pig Sale",
"Birthday Gift " and "Happy Anniversary".
cooperation agreement between Kingbonn and Shorts International
has been initiated by Sinapses Asia Ltd (Pierre Lochon).
Sinapses Asia is also Kingbonn's adviser for European
INTERNATIONAL TO BRING CHINESE FILMS TO U.S. TV
PM PDT 5/17/2013 by Clarence Tsui - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
deal with Shenzhen Media Group will see seven award-winning
short movies shown on the company's American and European
KONG Award-winning entries from Chinas
largest shorts competition will soon be seen on U.S.
and European cable networks.
to a deal inked Friday at the China International (KingBonn)
New Media Shorts Festival, Shorts International will
air seven prize-winning entries from the four editions
of the competition on its U.S channel ShortsHD, as well
as on ShortsTV, a channel available in the Netherlands,
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Romania, Turkey and Eastern
addition, Shorts International and competition organizers
Shenzhen Media Group have also signed a strategic cooperation
agreement pledging joint efforts to support short
filmmaking in China and in the USA and Europe,
according to a statement released to mark the signing
ceremony, which took place in the Rose Hall of the China
International Cultural Industries Fair in Shenzhen and
was overseen by central and municipal culture officials.
seven shorts on the slate include I Am Brave, Grandfather,
Kiss, Moon Rabbit, Pig Sale, Birthday Gift and Happy
Anniversary. The pieces were all drawn from the past
editions of the shorts festival, which just concluded
its fourth year with the best short film award going
to Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto by Danish filmmaker
festivals international collaborators include
the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival,
the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, interfilm
Berlin - International Short Film Festival, Seoul International
Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival, and Singapore
Short Film Festival.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
NEW FILM COMPETITION SHINES LIGHT ON HUMAN
impact of human trafficking is being felt the length and
breadth of Britain and Ireland, but its a crime
that takes place in the shadows. However a spotlight was
turned on this dark trade when the charity Unchosen recently
launched a short film competition to draw attention to
the misery in our midst.
victims of trafficking are all around us, unseen and
unheard, and unable to speak out for fear of their traffickers.
16 year old Hung was smuggled into the UK from Vietnam,
and forced to work in an illegal cannabis factory. Roses
family in Britain were unaware that at 13 she was lured
into and caught in a secret life of sexual exploitation.
And in Rinas attempt to escape poverty in Indonesia,
she became trapped in domestic servitude in the Gulf
and later London.
broaden public understanding of human trafficking, Unchosen
has collated eight case studies from leading UK and
Ireland charities that reflect the diverse nature of
trafficking today- a reality that is much wider than
sex trafficking alone. Each film should be based on
one of these case studies, and will be judged in the
following categories: (1) Domestic Servitude; (2) Forced
Labour and Criminality; (3) Sexual Exploitation; an
additional prize will be awarded for film makers under
26 years old.
first Unchosen Human Trafficking Short Film Competition
invites both professional and student filmmakers to
make a 10 minute film based on one of the eight stories.
jury which will select the winning films is so far composed
· Dr Kevin Bales, leading academic on Modern
Day Slavery and co-founder of Free the Slaves
· Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of ShortsTV
· Gregg Helvey, Oscar nominated director of Kavi
· Rich Warren, programme manager of Encounters
Short Film & Animation Festival
winning films will be taken on a road show across Britain
and Ireland to raise awareness of the issue with parliamentarians,
front line professionals, young people and the general
want these films to be a genuine tool in the fight against
trafficking, says Trish Davidson, the Founder
and Director of Unchosen. With films that reflect
the actual reality of trafficking in the UK and Ireland
we want to engage and sensitize audiences not
just shock them into shutdown. We want them to recognize
the signs of trafficking so that more victims can be
identified and given access to the support they need.
Film television channel ShortsTV will be providing a
£2000 prize to the winning film. "The Unchosen
film competition will highlight dramatic and shocking
stories of slavery happening right here on our doorstep.
We are pleased and honoured to join with Unchosen in
this important initiative to give emerging filmmakers
a chance to create these heart-rending stories in film
and bring them to the world," said Carter Pilcher,
CEO of ShortsTV.
Unchosen 2013 Human Trafficking Short Film Competition
closes for entries on 13th August 2013. The overall
winner will receive the following prizes:
· £2000 provided by ShortsTV
· Half a days audio time from the award-winning
post-film production company ENVY.
The overall winner and category winners will also have
the opportunity to have their films broadcast on ShortsTV
should contact Unchosen on firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to www.unchosen.org.uk.
CENTRAL EUROPE INKS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH SHORTS INTERNATIONAL
Cannes, April 9 2013
Chello Central Europe today announced
a partnership with Shorts International, the world’s
leading short movie entertainment company, to further
extend the distribution of ShortsTV in Central & Eastern
As per the agreement, Chello Central Europe will distribute
the HD version of ShortsTV in Poland, Hungary, Romania,
the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and the Balkans.
The pan regional partnership is strategically aligned
to meet the growing demand for modern multi-media rights
and new compelling content in the region. It follows the
entry of ShortsTV in Romania in March this year, and is
part of the channel’s continuous ongoing growth
“Chello Central Europe is a valued partner with
a fantastic local market strategy,” said Carter
Pilcher, CEO of ShortsTV. “We’ve received
very positive feedback following our launch in the region
with Romtelecom and it’s clear to us that modern
digital platforms are increasingly seeking quality independent
film content that fit viewers’ new multi-screen
preferences. We’re very excited to have Chello Central
Europe on board for their immense experience in the region.”
Levente Málnay, CEO Chello Central Europe said,
“We are ideally placed to help ShortsTV realize
its potential in the CEE region. Our team is well experienced
in launching, localizing and distributing international
entertainment channels on leading platforms across the
CEE markets. We are delighted to be working with ShortsTV.”
ShortsTV HD is the world’s first high definition
channel dedicated to short movies. The channel was launched
in April 2012 and it is now available to over 8 million
subscribers in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Turkey,
Romania and Eastern Africa. The HD programming is separated
into genre zones such as “Stars in Shorts”,
“Best in Fest” and “Animation”,
and is broadcast 24/7.
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LONG ON SHORTSHD
by R. Thomas Umstead
movie network ShortsHD is hoping to shine a spotlight
on the movie shorts category with a package of star-studded
films that will premiere on payper- view two weeks after
debuting in theaters.
a 24-hour HD channel distributed on AT&T U-Verse
and DirecTV, is hoping to shine a light on the category
with its Stars in Shorts package, which offers seven
films that are 40 minutes in length or shorter and feature
such stars as Jason Alexander, Keira Knightley and Lily
Tomlin, according to CEO Carter Pilcher. The Stars in
Shorts film began a 100-theater run Sept. 28 and will
debut via PPV on In Demand Oct. 9.
Stars in Shorts package includes such celebrities as
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Tomlin (The Procession); Knightley
(Steve); Julia Stiles (Sexting); Alexander (Not Your
Time); Kenneth Branagh (Prodigal); Wes Bentley (After
School Special) and Judi Dench (Friend Request Pending).
said the short-film genre - which in the past has mostly
featured content from film students and upand- coming
producers - has recently seen an uptick in the appearance
of established actors and producers.
movie business is in transition - whats happening
is that movie shorts are now being seen in theaters
and other platforms, he said.
also seen an increase in popularity among theatergoers
in recent years. The network generated $1.7 million
at the box office this past February with a run of 2012
Oscar-nominated short films, a nearly 800% improvement
since 2006 when the network first offered that years
said the network is talking to cable operators about
distribution of the ShortsHD channel, which last year
offered 4,000 short films, although no deals are pending.
BIG SCREEN BERKELEY - STARS IN SHORTS
CA's Independent News Site
September 25, 2012 7:00am
by John Seal
Ever wonder what Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench might
look like in shorts? Wonder no longer: the two thespians
appear together (but separately) in Stars In Shorts, a
program of seven short subjects opening at Landmarks
Shattuck Cinemas on Friday, September 28.
youve probably guessed, Dench and Branagh arent
alone each of the programs seven films
includes at least one cinema big-shot within its cast.
One might suspect such larger-than-life personalities
would overwhelm the small-scale proceedings in which
theyre involved, but thankfully thats never
of show is clearly Not Your Time, a very funny comedy
headlined by former Seinfeld star Jason
Alexander. Alexander plays Sid Rosenthal, a film editor
whose job it is to remove expletives from movies prior
to their airline bookings. A frustrated musician with
a thankless day job, Sid pitches a remake of Babes In
Toyland entitled Babes in Toys R Us to some Hollywood
bigwigs, who are immediately enamored with the gruesome
being Tinsel Town, however, the road from concept to
greenlight is a long one, and Sid soon discovers that
its sometimes just as frustrating to sell a script as
not. Writer-director Jay Kamen clearly knows a thing
or two about showbiz disappointment (he started his
own career as a child entertainer in the Catskills),
and Not Your Time provides an acerbic look at the machinations
of the Hollywood sausage factory. If youre a fan
of Robert Altmans The Player, youll get
similar mileage from Kamens film.
scribe Neil La Bute contributes his writing and directorial
skills to Sexting, an eight-minute near-monologue in
which Julia Stiles plays a woman who bares her soul
to her lovers wife, only to discover her confession
is all for naught. La Bute also penned the slightly
longer After-School Special, the story of a divorced
dad (Wes Bentley) trying to pick up a single mother
(Sarah Paulson) at the local playground; the film features
a vicious sting in its tail which many viewers will
find, to put it mildly, a little troubling.
aforementioned Judi Dench is superb in Friend Request
Pending, a delightful look at old age pensioners discovering
the challenges of online social networking. Though the
film drifts into comfy armchair territory, its
still a pleasure to watch Dench and co-star Penny Ryder
exchange catty remarks.
a bit hard to determine precisely whats wrong
with director Rupert Friends Steve, but its
clearly not Colin Firth. Superb as the title character,
a high-strung Londoner who enjoys a chat and a cup of
tea with anyone wholl invite him in, Firth nails
a stirring soliloquy during the films final scene.
Keira Knightley co-stars as the woman whose kettle he
chooses to latch on to, but the film is unfocussed and
a bit flat. Its not bad, just a slight disappointment.
up the rear are The Procession, in which Lily Tomlin plays
a harridan driving her son round the bend on the way to
a funeral, and Prodigal, featuring Kenneth Branagh as
a research scientist conducting experiments involving
a young girl and telekinesis. Certainly the most traditionally
cinematic offering on tap, the film tries to say something
profound but is overwrought, poorly acted, and utterly
unbelievable. If by chance Prodigal brings up the rear
in Stars In Shorts, save yourself 25 minutes and leave
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EXAMINER.COM - STARS IN SHORTS 7 SHORT FILMS STUDDED
WITH STARS AND LOADED WITH FRESH IDEAS
September 23, 2012
the highly successful showings of its annual Oscar®
Nominated Short Films, Shorts HD now presents
STARS IN SHORTS, a celebrity-packed release of short
movies featuring some of the world's most recognized
and celebrated stars. The program is a tour de force
of award winning talent including Colin Firth, Judi
Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Julia Stiles,
Wes Bentley, Jason Alexander, Lily Tomlin and Jesse
Tyler Ferguson. Prepare to laugh out loud, to be shocked
and to love the endearingly quirky as they bring you
some of your favorite stars as you've never seen them
seven short movies showcased in ShortsHD's Stars
in Shorts include:
View slideshow: Stars in Shorts
Procession - Lily Tomlin seems to have a very fresh,
new face in this short film, almost unrecognizable,
but oh so lovely. She plays a mother to Jessie Tyler
Ferguson's son, both going to the funeral of a girl
who was a friend of Lily's daughter, but whom neither
Lily nor Jessie had ever met. So, no emotional investment
there. After the funeral, they get stuck in the car
procession to the cemetery and stop at a red light.
Now, the half of the procession behind them is following
them and they don't know where they're going. This could
happen to anyone, so we can all relate. But their emotionally
roller coaster ride as they hunt for the burial site
is something only these two comedians can pull off.
- Colin Firth portrays an unusually needy neighbor to
an exasperated Keira Knightley and a preoccupied Tom
Mison in this intriguing and quirky movie. WIth each
of Firth's unnecessary visits to his neighbors, the
emotional ante is upped and his mesmerizing acting skill
rivets the audience. Fifteen minutes is all it takes
to get the whole story and thrill at the interplay of
- Julia Stiles gives a standout performance as a young
woman fed up with her relationship with a married man
in this Neil LaBute-directed comedy. I could see the
payoff as soon as Stiles sat down at the cafe where
a woman was sitting and drinking some iced tea. Still,
a monologue of over 7 minutes, with the actress looking
straight into the camera, is a thing to behold. Stiles
pulled it off with a combination of whimsy and control.
Your Time - Jason Alexander is an aspiring Hollywood
screenwriter at the end of his rope in this engaging musical
comedy. We watch Sid Rosenthal as a child about to have
a colitis operation, then inspired by Sammy Davis, Jr.,
in 'Golden Boy' on Broadway, through his musical comedy
education to his disappointments in the real world of
Hollywood, till he decides to put an end to it, all to
a fun soundtrack, eight dancers and one singer in the
style of 'All That Jazz' (1979).
- Starring Kenneth Branagh, Travis Crim (also writer)
and Jennifer Morrison. Parents of a paranormal child
enact a dangerous plan to free her from the frightening
grip of a clandestine organization in this suspense-filled
sci-fi thriller. Another take on the protect-the-gifted-child-from-scientific-research
genre. It could have even been shorter than the 25 minute
running time, with its over long scene with Branagh
discussing the child's future with her father, but the
payoff 17 minutes in is worth the wait.
School Special - Starring Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson
and written by Neil LaBute. A man and a woman have an
awkward encounter at an indoor playground. I'm waiting
to see if the stranger really has a child with him or
if he's a stalker. But LaBute, ever since his debut
film 'In The Company of Men' (1997), has always been
full of surprises and shocks. He leaves us with a big
'Huh!?' at the end of this 9 minute story. Yes, it has
a beginning, middle and end, with lots to think about
Request Pending - Judi Dench captures your heart
while trying to navigate the complicated landscape of
internet dating; with Tom Hiddleston. If two 16 year
old valley girls had played the parts of Judi Dench
and Penny Rider, the dialogue would be the same. This
is the influence social media has on all, horny teens
to senior ladies living in the British countryside.
And these actresses ring as true in their performances
as anyone looking for love on the net. LOL.
September 28 at Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco,
Landmarks Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Camera
3 in San Jose, and Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa.
Photo:Judi Dench in 'FRIEND REQUEST
DENCH SHINES IN STARS IN SHORTS
- Southern Californias British
Accent -Since 1984
September 20, 2012 11:58 pm
Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley
and Colin Firth are among the British stars
of a new collection of short movies entitled
Stars In Shorts, opening in limited
release in Los Angeles on September 28th.
seven shorts which range from eight
to 25 minutes in length are a presentation
of Shorts HD, a cable channel whose programming
is categorized into one-hour and half-hour
themed blocks that cover a variety of genres,
including comedies, musicals, documentaries,
thrillers, dramas and animation. The shorts
in question here range markedly in genre and
quality, but there are no real duds.
pick of the bunch is probably The Procession, starring
Lily Tomlin and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as mother and son
who get lost on their way to a burial in this Los Angeles-based
comedy. 12 minutes long and directed by Robert Festinger.
Dench impresses in Friend Request Pending, a gentle comedy
of internet dating among Britains mature generation.
The twelve-minute tale follows Mary (Dench) and Linda
(Penny Ryder) who spend an afternoon discussing the pleasures,
pitfalls and problems with using Facebook to try and woo
the local choirmaster Trevor (Philip Jackson). Directed
by Chris Foggin, this is a short, slight piece which benefits
from the cozy, one-room setting and the impeccable homey
authenticity of Dench, who is watchable in just about
anything. The best moment comes when she allows a slighly
saucy smile to crease her benign English features as he
refers to her prey as a real fox.
Slightly less successful is Steve, a 16-minute comic drama
starring Keira Knightley as the shrewish Scottish wife
of a procrastinating writer (Tom Mison) who over the course
of three days is interrrupted by her whiny neighbor, Steve
(Colin Firth). First Steve complains about a non-existent
water leak, then a non-existent loud party with rap music
playing till 3am, and finally about their feckless postman.
Knightleys character is no shrinking violet but
even she is cowed by Steves raging demands on the
third day, to be offered a cup of tea, a plate of biscuits
and some conversation. Theres plenty going on here
about classic aspects of British life including the ritual
of tea, getting on with the neighbors and passive-aggressive
relationships but it never really comes together and ends
far too abruptly. Written and directed by Rupert Friend.
Prodigal is the longest of the offerings here and centers
on the atttempts of a creepy Kenneth Branagh, representing
some shadowy US government agency, to take control of
a young girl with telekinetic powers. In an extended sequence
in a café where he first charms and then bullies
the childs father, Branagh moves from deferential
to menacing in short order, and though hes never
convincing as a heavy, he does finally get to make dramatic
use of those annoyingly thin lips of his. He also comes
to a sticky end thanks to the young girls powers,
unleashed with some very b-movie special effects. Also
starring Jennifer Morrison (of House fame), and directed
by Benjamin Grayson.
The two other most interesting pieces here are both by
Neil LaBute, who proves he can be as provocative and unsettling
in the short form as the long. Sexting is an eight minute,
near-monologue by Julia Styles as a married mans
young mistress, confronting her lovers wife, and
After School Special, an even creepier effort starring
Wes Bentley and Sarah Paulson as a man and a woman who
have an awkward encounter at an indoor playground.
Alexander fans will find some comic relief seeing the
Seinfeld alum star in Not Your Time, as an aspiring
Hollywood screenwriter at the end of his rope in this
25 minutes, directed by Jay Kamen.
in Shorts theatrical release on September 28th
will be followed by release on iTunes and on cable and
satellite pay-per-view on Oct. 9.
INDIEWIRE THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD
by Maggie Lange
September 19, 2012
Review: Seven Shorts Showcase Rare Performances from
Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Jason Alexander, Judi Dench,
fall, ShortsHD will present a collection of several
brief films unambiguously titled "Stars in Shorts."
Each of these otherwise unconnected seven films features
big name talent such as Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Tom
Hiddleston, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Lily Tomlin,
and Jason Alexander. The seven films, reviewed below,
will premiere in theaters on September 28th, followed
by an iTunes/Pay Per View release on October 9.
in Shorts" comes on the heels of a perceived audience
demand for a showcase of bite-size movies, spurred by
success of the Oscar-nominated short films program,
which grew audience attendance in theaters by 800% from
its launch in 2006.
novellas or short stories, brevity is the soul of these
short films. Their length ranges from 8 to 25 minutes.
In some, the economy of the film allows for a satisfying
bow to tie-up the plot; in others, the short timeframe
permits a lingering sense of wonder or shock to continue
after the audience has a chance to digest. Most of the
seven meet a pretty high standard in short filmmaking
-- and a few even dazzle with inventive imagery and
Director: Robert Festinger
Actors: Lily Tomlin and Jessie Tyler Ferguson
Mood: Hysteric and hysterical gallows humor
premise of "The Procession" is dark
comic gold: a mother and son attend a funeral
of a woman they don't know, but accidentally
stop at a red light during the procession
from funeral to burial, blindly leading half
of the mourners to a randomly selected graveyard.
Tomlin plays a preposterously hilarious, self-involved
snoot, who is primarily concerned about the
possibility of prosciutto at the reception.
With convincing joy, Tomlin and Ferguson depict
a mother-son duo to perfection, acting simultaneously
annoyed with each other while effortlessly
mirroring the other's body language. The pair
find themselves navigating between exasperation,
fits of laughter, and then horror as they
remember the consequences of leading carloads
of loved ones away from the burial. Festinger
maintains the dark humor through the 12 minute
short, from the tearful beginning to the darkly
glorious "Thelma and Louise" denouement.
Director: Benjamin Grayson
Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Jennifer Morrison,
Travis Crim, Jade Pettyjohn
Mood: Dreamlike JJ Abrams-inspired suspense
Grayson's 25-minute short "Prodigal"
comes across like a promising pilot to a breakout
sci-fi series: a gifted child's parents must
protect her from two different manipulative
and mysterious agencies attempting to harness
their daughter's strange gift. Branagh shows
restrained power as one of the masterminds
attempting to exploit the young child separate
from her parents. A spooky, hesitant score
and intriguing suspense underly the outstanding
imagery and special effects in this short.
The overall heart of the story is simply tragic:
a tale of parents hopelessly trying to protect
their fragile child.
Director: Rupert Friend
Actors: Kiera Knightley, Colin Firth, and
Mood: British sensibilities boiled over
Friend begins his short film, "Steve,"
with a striking shot of a tea bag releasing
its inky flavor into water. The sensitive
image sets the mood for this perplexing short:
the mysterious ways that calm can be invaded.
It begins with a young couple arguing, a heated
moment bubbling over as a tea kettle screams
in the background. It's a heavy-handed metaphor,
but portrayed with lovely execution. At the
height of the chaos, a neighbor named Steve
(Firth) rings the bell, inviting himself in.
His derangement begins to seep through as
he demands more than a cuppa from his upstairs
neighbors. Friend expertly controls the tension
in his glowering fifteen minute short.
Photo: 'Friend Request Pending'
Request Pending, 2011
Director: Chris Foggin
Actors: Judi Dench, Tom Hiddleston, Penny
Ryder, Philip Johnson
Mood: Delightfully sweet and snarky
short film is a delight throughout, as two
elderly women fuss about with the myriad of
technological options available to contact
a recent crush. Mary (Dench) and her friend
Linda (Ryder) are quite tech-savvy; they understand
the subtle differences between poking, private
messaging, posting, and chatting. Dench is
as charming as you would expect. When she
slams the laptop shut after Trevor signs online,
running away from the laptop, she absolutely
glows; it's a "You've Got Mail"
gag in the right hands to revive the moment.
Dench also delivers the hilarious one liners
with fresh sweetness: "Maybe I should
say 'Hello,' 'Hi' is a bit mid-90s, isn't
Photo: 'Not Your Time'
Your Time, 2010
Director: Jay Kamen
Actors: Jason Alexander
Mood: Dark Hollywood satire
"The Procession," Jay Kamen's "Not
Your Time" has a pitch perfect grasp
of dark humor. This short musical surveys
the life of Sid Rosenthal (played by Jason
Alexander), who dreamed of creating musicals
but now censors expletives from movies before
they show on airplanes. After his latest Hollywood
disappointment, in which a studio executive
refuses to produce his movie, claiming that
they liked it too much and feared it would
conflict with the release of "Toy Story
12," Rosenthal decides to kill himself
-- unless someone talks him out of it. In
an attempt to find someone who suggests that
he keep breathing, he calls everyone he's
worked with announcing his impending suicide,
and finds himself in an absurd situation only
Hollywood could produce. The film is packed
with a series of executives, directors, and
producers all played by themselves including
Amy Pascal, Sid Ganis, Joe Roth, Stuart Cornfeld,
Jack Rapke, Lawrence Mark, Amy Heckerling,
Neal Israel, and Chris Buck.
Photo: 'After School Special'
School Special, 2011
Director: Jacob Chase
Actors: Sarah Paulson, Wes Bentley, and Sam
Mood: Uneven, awkward
setting of "After School Special"
is the most interesting aspect of this short
film from Jacob Chase: a cheesy and cheery
indoor playpen at a fast food restaurant.
It provides a bright and simple contrast to
the uncomfortable awkwardness of the social
scenarios playing out next to the jungle gym.
Written by Neil LaBute, the dialogue is intentionally
stilted as an edgy divorced father (Wes Bentley)
tries to woo his daughter's standoffish teacher
(Sarah Paulson), while her eyes are clearly
more focused on her young student (Sam Cohen).
Director: Neil LaBute
Actor: Julia Stiles
Mood: Catty and confessional
well-executed eight minute short is essentially
a monologue, as Julia Stiles plays a mistress
confronting her boyfriend's wife. In a overwhelming
bout of nerves and catty one-upmanship, she
brags about her lover's affection for her
and then whimpers about his deceptive lies.
She prods, probes, instigates, pleads, whines,
and breaks down. She confesses she knows this
woman's gym schedules, asks about her Pilates
class, and then proceeds to inquire on the
possibility of her lover's impending divorce.
Stiles shines, as she impressively makes her
way through a six-minute shot of her rant,
ending in a well-timed twist
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INVASION - INTERVIEW WITH RUPERT FRIEND
September 19, 2012
'STEVE' Writer-Director Rupert Friend
British actor Rupert Friend is probably best
known to audiences (especially fans of chick
flicks) for his roles in the period
dramas Pride and Prejudice and The Young Victoria,
but in recent years hes also honed his
skills as a writer, director, and producer
of short films with his production company,
latest short, Steve, assembles an impressive array of
talent, with Oscar-winner Colin Firth as an eccentric
man who makes progressively bizarre unannounced visits
to the flat of bickering couple Keira Knightley and Tom
into 15 international film festivals throughout 2011,
Steve was also selected to be a part of the short film
anthology Stars in Shorts distributed by the cable channel
ShortsTV. Friend recently took the time to answer some
of our questions about Steve ahead of Stars in Shorts
theatrical release on September 28, and matched the
droll wit of his film with his musings about the danger
of allegories, the comforts of ambiguity, and how the
project began as entertainment for a captive audience
Can you tell me a little bit about how Steve was first
Steve began as a short story I wrote for my friends
to keep in the bathroom. Reading it lasted the right
amount of time for the things that happen in there.
Steve marks your directorial debut. What drew you to
a new role behind the camera?
Truthfully, it just seemed easier than trying to explain
to someone else what this was all about. The character
treads such a fine line, tonally. I also charged myself
nothing to hire myself.
How did the casting come about? Did you envision Keira
Knightley and Colin Firth in their roles, or were they
looking to do something a little different?
A: I sent the book to Colin (for his bathroom) because
we had long shared a similar sense of humour as well
as a love of books and stories. He joked that if
they ever make the film of this, you know who should
play Steve, dont you? I took him seriously.
I had always wanted to see Keira do something very naturalistic
and modern day, and the idea of combining that with
a slightly dark surreality also felt like territory
I hadnt seen her in before. And her [Scottish]
accent was flawless and needed using.
What, if anything, did you apply from your own experiences
as an actor during shooting?
I dont think that telling actors what to do is
helpful, and neither do I think a helpless I dont
know, youre the actor shoulder-shrug is
any use. Somewhere in between those two is a magic thing
I have experienced, rarely, as an actor, where somebody
helps you to find out for yourself what to do, and then
is as surprised and delighted as you are.
The film starts very much in medias res with a heated
argument between a man and a woman, then becomes more
dry and eccentric as Steve gets involved. What were
you aiming for in terms of tone?
There is a sense that Steve's timing couldn't have been
worse, yet paradoxically, he is distracting the couple
from themselves, something we are often all to reluctant
to allow to happen. His entrance is very deliberately
the absolute boiling point of the argument, so that
his arrival is not only a punctuation point, but a release
valve for the couple and the audience.
Steve himself was a challenge that only an actor
as gifted as Colin could have pulled off. He needed
to have the jovial familiarity of a harmless eccentric
and yet be able to spin that on a sixpence when things
start to go wrong. Colin was fearless in his exploration
of this, and we worked hard together on imagining a
life for Steve prior to the film's timespan. Some people
have said that they wished the couple had given him
some tea, and taken the chance to make a new friend,
others are convinced that Steve kills and eats them
at the end. This ambiguity is something I've always
loved when reading or watching stories.
Can you say anything about the film’s metaphorical
slant? It almost seems like an allegory with the generic
character names and Steve's cryptic chatter (mostly
comprised of strained small talk).
Allegories are very dangerous I always think. Steve
is a story about a man who came to tea
What was the inspiration for the character of Steve?
Is he partly based on any busybody neighbors from real
Steve got his name from a plumber who sold a story to
a newspaper about me and then called me up for a chat
to see if there was anything else I wanted to tell him.
Fortunately my neighbour at the time Steve was written
was a gentle pothead who was far too stoned to care
Do you have any further plans to write and/or direct?
If the right idea came along I would love that.
in Shorts (featuring Rupert Friend's Steve)
receives a limited North American theatrical release
on September 28 and will be available on iTunes and
VOD on October 9.
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SHORTSHD BRINGS TODAYS BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST
STARS TO THEATERS ACROSS AMERICA IN THE THEATRICAL RELEASE
OF STARS IN SHORTS
Premieres in Theaters September 28th
iTunes and Cable Pay Per View to follow on October 9th
20, 2012 Los Angeles, CA - Following the highly
successful release of its annual Oscar® Nominated
Short Films this past February, ShortsHD today announced
Stars in Shorts, a celebrity-packed release of short
movies featuring some of the worlds most recognized
and celebrated stars. The program, opening in theatres
beginning September 28th, is a tour de force of award
winning talent including Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Kenneth
Branagh, Keira Knightley, Julia Stiles, Wes Bentley,
Jason Alexander, Lily Tomlin and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Prepare to laugh out loud, to be shocked and to love
the endearingly quirky as they bring you some of your
favorite stars as youve never seen them before.
seven incredible short movies showcased in ShortsHDs
Stars in Shorts include:
The Procession - Starring Lily Tomlin and Jessie
Tyler Ferguson. Tomlin and Ferguson are
mother and son who get lost on their way to a burial
in this laugh out loud, side-splitting
Steve - Starring Keira Knightley, Colin Firth. In Steve,
Firth portrays an unusually needy
neighbor to an exasperated Keira Knightley in this intriguing
and quirky movie.
Sexting - Starring Julia Stiles, directed by Neil LaBute.
Stiles gives a standout performance as
a young woman fed up with her relationship with a married
man in this Neil LaBute comedy.
Not Your Time - Starring Jason Alexander. Jason Alexander
is an aspiring Hollywood
screenwriter at the end of his rope in this engaging
Prodigal - Starring Kenneth Branagh and Jennifer Morrison.
Parents of a paranormal child
enact a dangerous plan to free her from the frightening
grip of a clandestine organization in
this suspense-filled sci-fi thriller.
After School Special - Starring Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson
and written by Neil LaBute. A man
and a woman have an awkward encounter at an indoor playground
in this Neil LaBute
penned slice-of-life starring Sarah Paulson and Wes
Friend Request Pending - Starring Judi Dench and Tom
Hiddleston. Judi Dench captures your
heart while trying to navigate the complicated landscape
of internet dating.
in Shorts brings audiences some of the most entertaining
acting performances they will see this year. With all
the varnish of Hollywood stripped away, this is riveting
story-telling and raw talent at work, said Carter
Pilcher, Chief Executive of ShortsHD. Were
thrilled to be bringing such talented filmmaking to
theaters across America.
in Shorts, a collection of short movies, follows the
success of the annual release of The Oscar®
Nominated Short Films, which has become a key
fixture of the awards season and charted a spectacular
800% growth in attendance since its inception in 2006.
Stars in Shorts theatrical release will be followed
by release on iTunes and on Cable & Satellite Pay
Per View on October 9th, making each film available
in 54 countries across the globe on mobile devices,
DirectTV, and AT&T U-verse.
list of participating theaters premiering Stars in Shorts
can be seen by visiting www.shorts.tv/starsinshorts,
or by checking your local theater listings.
5 September 2012 ShortsTV, the short movie channel,
is offering you the opportunity to pitch your next short
film project and receive funding of €5,000 to produce
it and get it on air!
have one take of 2 minutes and 15 seconds to sell your
idea on camera. You must also provide a 45 second extract
of your previous work (from either a short film or showreel
with clearances) for our judges to see how well you
pitching sessions will be filmed in Utrecht at the Netherlands
Film Festival on the 27, 28 & 29 of September from
10am until 12:30pm each day.
You must be registered at the Netherlands Film Festival
You must have already made a short film
You may pitch only in Dutch or English
You will need to give us a 45 second extract
of your work (all rights must be cleared) no later than
22 September. File delivery and tech specs will be sent
with the time slot confirmation.
You must hold the relevant copyright to your
pitch idea in order to protect the ownership of your
idea (the idea must be your own).
You must pitch your project in no more than 2
minutes and 15 seconds.
Your pitch to camera will be eligible for broadcast
on ShortsTV throughout Europe and the United States.
REGISTRATION COMPULSORY BY EMAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org
BEFORE THE 18th of SEPTEMBER 2012.
include your FULL NAME, CONTACT DETAILS AND AVAILABILITY.
A member of the team will contact you to confirm your
appointment. There are a limited number of spots, which
will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
top pitches will be broadcast on the UPC Event Channel
(channel 14) during the festival.
more information, please contact Kim Partington on
+44 (0) 207 012 1598 or email@example.com
press enquiries, please contact Judith Huisman on
+31 (0) 6538 31316 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SHORTSHD GETS ANIMATED! WITH HOMAGE TO ANIMATION
ICON BILL PLYMPTON
25, 2012 Los Angeles, CA--- ShortsHD (www.shortshd.com),
the worlds only TV network dedicated to short movies
is launching this week a special collection of short films
from animation icon Bill Plympton on Animate!. Airing
tomorrow, the ShortsHD ANIMATE! Special will feature
a series of animated short films from the award-winning
special will also feature the world premiere of the
ShortsHD documentary film: BILL PLYMPTON RESTORES
MCCAYS THE FLYINGHOUSE, a short doc featuring
interviews with Plympton and Mathew Modine (The Dark
Knight Rises). Plympton and his team are hard at work
restoring one of the earliest animations by the father
of animation Winsor McCayhis animated classic
1921 short film The Flying House, which is being voiced
documentary short will be followed by other Plympton
classic animation films including: THE COW THAT WANTED
TO BE A HAMBURGER and INGRIDPITT: BEYOND THE FORREST
special kicks off this Wednesday July 25 at 8pm and
11pm EST/5pm and 8pm PST and repeats on Saturday July
28 at 8pm and 11pm EST and 5pm and 8pm PST.
Plympton is a cult figure amongst animators, and is
known by audiences for his distinctive style and hilarious
imagination," said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive
of ShortsHD. "We're thrilled to bring our audiences
some of Bill's most entertaining films plus the inside
scoop on his restoration of Winsor McCay's historic
1921 animated shortit's an amazing undertaking."
Plympton is an Oscar® nominated animator. He is
a cartoonist, director, screenwriter and producer best
known for his 1987 Academy Award® nominated shorts
Your Face and Guard Dog. Plymptons cartoons have
appeared in such magazines as Viva, Penthouse, Rolling
Stone, National Lampoon, and Glamour. Plymptons
credits include a slew of animated features, documentaries,
live-action features, animated shorts, compilations,
music videos and commercials.
SHORTSHD TO PREMIERE VINTAGE JUBILEE SHORTS FROM
BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE¡¦S (BFI) NATIONAL
ARCHIVE IN CELEBRATION OF THE DIAMOND JUBILEE OF QUEEN
Shorts International To Honor BFI For Preservation
of Historic Short Film at London BFI Film Festival 2012
London UK, Los Angeles May 30, 2012---In
honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the
international celebration which marks 60 years of The
Queen's reign, ShortsHD., the world's only TV network
dedicated to short movies, is teaming up with the British
Film Institute (BFI) to world premiere Vintage Jubilee
Shorts, a series of vintage short films and documentaries
from the prestigious BFI national archive film vaults.
The ShortsHD. Vintage Jubilee Shorts promotion kicks off
on the network on June 4 and 5 surrounding the actual
dates of the Queen¡¦s Jubilee celebrations
and will feature vintage docs about the Queen and Britain
during her era.
To commemorate the special, ShortsHD is also announcing
today that it will honor the BFI by presenting the organization
a special 'Shorts Award' for significant contributions
to the 'Preservation of Short Film' during the London
BFI Film Festival in October (10-25, 2012).
Vintage Jubilee Shorts is a series of fascinating short
vintage documentaries from the vaults of the British Film
Institute¡¦s national archive. A collection
of memorable and influential shorts made in Britain between
the 1930's and 1970s, the films in the series all emerged
from a vibrant public service tradition of filmmaking
that started with pre-war General Post Office (GPO) and
culminated in the vast post-war output of the Central
Office of Information (COI). These films informed audiences
in Britain and abroad about a range of issues from health
and education at home to the UK's role at large with skill,
imagination and filmmaking brilliance.
The June 4 and 5 ShortsHD. Vintage Jubilee Shorts special
schedule will run as follows:
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'We are delighted to be premiering these vintage short
films and docs in celebration of The Queen¡¦s
Diamond Jubilee celebrations, no other channel has anything
like them on TV,¨ said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive
of ShortsHD..' These authentic shorts have a tremendous
amount of British historical appeal and it's exciting
to share with our viewers this great content from the
BFI's vaults. We also look forward to honoring the organization
for its outstanding achievements in preserving film history
at this year's London BFI Festival.¨
Marking 60 years of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II
to the thrones of seven countries, the Diamond Jubilee
celebrations will take place June 2-5. The Queen celebrated
her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee
(50 years) in 2002. She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign
states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions
at the start of her reign.
About the BFI
The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition
to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation,
opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British
and World cinema
Preserving and restoring the most significant film
collection in the world for today and future generations
Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining
Promoting British film and talent to the world
Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences
SHORTS INTERNATIONAL APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT FOR EMEA
THE WORLD'S FIRST HD CHANNEL DEDICATED TO SHORT MOVIES
UK, 12 June 2012
Shorts International, the world's leading short movie
entertainment company, today announced the appointment
of Philip Mordecai to the newly created role of SHORTS
INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT EMEA and will report to CEO and
founder Carter Pilcher.
SHORTS International he will be responsible for all
SHORTSTV channel network activities and oversee all
group commercial development in the regions.
brings over 12 years of international broadcast experience
to SHORTSTV. Formally he was the General Manager at
MGM Channel Central Europe and oversaw the studio channel
network Central European business. Prior to that he
held several strategic and commercial roles at ChelloZone,
SES and BSkyB.
a statement, Carter Pilcher CEO of SHORTS INTERNATIONAL
commented "Philip brings with him comprehensive
experience in television that incorporates a forward-looking
perspective that will greatly contribute to accelerating
our growth. We are immensely thrilled to have him join
the Shorts International family."
appointment of Mordecai follows several high profile
news stories from Shorts International in 2012, when
they successfully launched the new ShortsTV HD channel
brand across EMEA and subsequently followed it by launching
ShortsTV Standard Definition, High Definition and a
unique Shorts movie VoD library on UPC Netherlands digital
platform in April. ShortsTV is also available in Belgium,
Luxembourg and France on Numericable, and in Turkey
on TTNet. ShortsHD is available to 30 million homes
in the United States on DirecTV and AT&T.
more information on the Netherlands launch, contact
Judith Huisman on:
+33 (0)6.53831316 / email@example.com
For U.S. enquiries please contact Marina Bailey on:
+1 323.650.3627 / firstname.lastname@example.org
For other European enquiries please contact Kim Partington
+44 (0) 207 012 1585/ email@example.com
SHORTSTV LAUNCHES ON UPC IN THE NETHERLANDS
THE WORLDS FIRST HD CHANNEL DEDICATED TO SHORT
LONDON, UK, 3 April 2012
Shorts International, the worlds leading short
movie entertainment company, today announced the launch
of ShortsTV on UPC channels 25 (standard definition)
and 64 (high definition).
ShortsTV is a unique entertainment channel dedicated
to short movies.
ShortsTV broadcasts 24-hours a day in 30-60 minute
blocks of short films and is available on UPC in SD
as part of the Royaal tier, and also in high definition
in the UPC HD pack. ShortsTV, which will be subtitled
in Dutch throughout the Netherlands, is the worlds
first high definition channel dedicated to short movies.
Launching on the 3rd of April with a collection of
highly entertaining short films, programming is separated
into genre Zones. ShortsTV is dedicating
the month of April to programs from Editors
Pick, showcasing some of the brightest young stars
and directors, and the terrifying Midnight Zone, featuring
the short One Night about the darker side of love,
lust and loneliness.
May brings new Zones, from Stars in Shorts, offering
short movies with Hollywood stars such as Michael
Sheen and Dita Von Teese, to Animate! featuring stop-motion
and computer generated animated shorts that push the
limits of imagination. Other new Zones launching then
are Docs, Film School, Comedy, Shorts In Love, and
Best in Fest.
Viewers can looking forward to the charms of Robert
Pattinson In The Summer House, award winners Colin
Firth & Keira Knightley in the emotionally charged
Steve, and the contemporary dark thriller Trunk. Star
Trek fans will be touched by the loving tribute to
the legendary sci-fi saga with Orion Slave Girls Must
Die! and discover the hilarious self-help mockumentary
"We couldn't be more excited about bringing ShortsTV
to UPCs cable audience. The films are the cutting
edge of movie entertainment," said Carter Pilcher,
Chief Executive of ShortsTV.
Standard definition channel ShortsTV is available
in 3.5 million homes on Numericable's French-language
cable systems in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, as
well as in HD to 20 million homes in the United States
with AT&T and DirectTV. It is also available to
1 million subscribers in Turkey with TTNet.
For more information on the Netherlands launch, contact
Judith Huisman on:
+33 (0)6.53831316 / firstname.lastname@example.org
For U.S. enquiries please contact Marina Bailey on:
+1 323.650.3627 / email@example.com
other European enquiries please contact Leif Nelson
+44 (0) 207 613 5400 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: "Wallace &
Gromit" creator Nick Park
Credit: Carlo Allegri / Imagenet
AWARDS 2012 HONORS OSCAR NOMINEES,
WALLACE & GROMIT CREATOR
Past, present and future
ANGELES TIMES - 24FRAMES/Emily Rome
Awards Party Coverage - February 25,
Independent Spirit Awards wasn't the
only pre-Oscar ceremony happening
this weekend: On Friday, the second
annual Shorts Awards presented film
slate-shaped plaques to the nominees
competing in the short film categories
at Sunday's 84th Academy Awards and
honored "Wallace & Gromit"
creator Nick Park with a lifetime
was not at West Hollywood's Soho House to accept
the prize, but in a video acceptance speech
he said, Ive always loved making
short films. Its a good way to get ideas
out quickly. Many see it as a stepping stone
to features, but I will always go back to short
enthusiasm for shorts permeated the event, which
was presented by ShortsHD, a cable network that
exclusively airs short films.
are entering the golden age of short films,
said producer Marc Bertrand, on hand to support
his Oscar-nominated animated short Dimanche,
citing an increase in options for independent
distribution, as well as the technology that
makes it easy for anyone to make a film.
honor that technology, ShortsHD this year created
the Shorts Technology Awards, whose winners
Friday night included the Apple iPhone 4S and
the app Movie Slate by Pure Blend Software.
think audiences have now opened their eyes for
short films, said Norwegian director Hallvar
Witzø. His 25-minute short Tuba
Atlantic is nominated in the live
action shorts category. He pointed to the success
of ShortsHDs limited theatrical run of
the Oscar-nominated shorts, which had earned
$1.196 million at the box office as of Friday,
ShortsHD chief executive Carter Pilcher announced
at the event.
knows the directors. Nobody knows the actors.
But people want to see them anyway, Witzø
event seemed to be a bit of a rally for the
nominees. During a presentation of clips from
the Oscar-nominated films, The Fantastic
Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
got the loudest cheers of the animated group,
to which the films co-director Brandon
Oldenburg said off-stage, Wow, we have
king here, said Luke Matheny, attempting
to describe the small celebrity status that
has followed his 2011 Oscar win for a live action
short. There are a few communities where
people know who I am, and the Oscar-related
short film community is one of them.
told 24 Frames that hes rooting
for Raju, a
24-minute German-Indian film, to win the Academy
Award in the live action category. I thought
it had a real battleship of a plot ... and just
kept making the right artistic decisions throughout
the whole movie until it was over, said
Matheny, who is prepping his first feature,
Shorts Awards also presented visionary awards
to Joan Collins, Ray McKinnon, Marcy Page and
Bill Plympton, as well as the International
Award to Turkey, an honor earned largely because
of the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival,
which takes place each fall in Antalya, Turkey.
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OSCAR 2011 SHORT FILMS
Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
By DERRIK J. LANG
The Associated Press, Saturday,
February 26, 2011; 6:06 AM
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- John Lasseter's
pair of Oscars have a new friend: a lifetime
achievement trophy. The Pixar and Disney animation
chief received the award Friday night for
his dedication to the 40-minutes-or-less medium
from Shorts International, an entertainment
organization which promotes, distributes,
broadcasts and produces short films.
feels fantastic because I love short films,"
"I love the art form and what it did
for me as a filmmaker. I learned so much from
making short films. They're these little gems,
these fantastic little ideas that are not
meant to be a feature film. They're perfect
unto themselves. A great short film leaves
you smiling and thinking about it."
Lasseter won the animated short film Oscar
in 1988 for "Tin Toy," as well as
a special achievement award in 1995 for "Toy
Story," the first feature-length computer-generated
film. The lifetime achievement award from
Shorts International may not be his only prize
this weekend. He's nominated with the other
"Toy Story 3" filmmakers for best
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