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SXSW 2010: SXSW Shorts and Wrap Up

Christian Gaines, my colleague at WithoutABox, shares his final thoughts on the festival below.

In my last post, I said I’d write a little about what it was like being on the Narrative Shorts jury at SXSW 2010. Shorts are really the building blocks of film festivals. First, the distribution options for short filmmakers are few and far between, especially in the United States – film festivals and the internet being two great places to get caught up. At film festivals, shorts filmmakers are often given the chance to debut their talents (short films are sometimes referred to as a “calling card”), and shorts programs are often among the most popular and anticipated at film festivals, if just because festivals are your best (and quite possibly only) chance of seeing them on the big screen. I was lucky to have on my jury team two affable and articulate lovers of movies – Todd Luoto, a shorts programmer with the Sundance Film Festival, and Amy Dotson, Deputy Director of the Independent Feature Project. We were charged with watching... Read more »


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