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HollyShorts Offers Oscar-Qualifying Home to New Films From Bill Plympton, Matthew Modine, and Jenn Shaw

25 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The HollyShorts Film Festival has today unveiled its official lineup of in-competition short films for its 13th edition. As La’s biggest shorts film festival, HollyShorts routinely screens exciting new work from big names, while also offering a glimpse at the short film stars of tomorrow, all with the added sweetener of being an Oscar-qualifying festival.

This year’s festival received an all-time record of 4,000 submissions from 65 countries. This year’s lineup include 400 shorts, which will compete for the Best Short Film Prize and Grand Jury Prize, Best Director, among other top categories. The 2017 official selections have been rolled out via posts on the HollyShorts official Instagram, and all of the 400 officially accepted short films that will screen at the festival can be found by visiting here.

Read More‘Full Metal Jacket’ Set for Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration at HollyShorts — Exclusive

Highlights from this year’s selection include films that offer »

- Kate Erbland

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Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners

25 June 2017 8:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.

And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have »

- Anne Thompson

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Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners

25 June 2017 8:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.

And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have »

- Anne Thompson

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Video: 6 Unexpected, Yet Awesome Dance Scenes

11 June 2017 2:35 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Dancing in movies is nothing new, since the early days of cinema dancing has been a great way to perform a scene. However, most of these routines, as you’d expect, are in musicals. Yet there are a few non-musical films that throw in the odd surprising dance scene to great effect. Here are 6 unexpected yet awesome dance scenes.

6. Club Cringe – The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

For some dancing isn’t easy, but in this case these guys make it look almost impossible. With the juxtaposition of Neil (Blake Harrison) flailing his limbs with some sort of rhythm next to Simon (Joe Thomas) jittering nervously and Will (Simon Bird) galloping his way to sheer embarrassment, this one hits the list for cringe factor alone. The final stage in this act results in Simon and Will choosing to copy Neil and if you ever think that Neil is the one to follow, you’re in the shit. »

- Tom Batt

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Palm Springs Short Film Fest Features Tatiana Maslany, Robin Wright, Ian McKellen

9 June 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Palm Springs International ShortFest has announced its program of 338 films with directing and acting talent including Tatiana Maslany, Robin Wright, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, and Kate Winslet.

The festival, which runs June 20-26, will feature 46 world premieres, 12 international premieres, 42 North American premieres and 16 U.S. premieres from 60 countries.

“Each year, the quality of films we watch for ShortFest keeps getting stronger,” said festival director Lili Rodriguez. “It makes our job of narrowing down the final selection that much harder, but also incredibly rewarding. There are so many unique and strong voices and we’re really proud to champion these films at the festival.”

This year’s selections include Maslany in “Apart From Everything,” “The Dark of Night,” directed by Wright and starring Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell; McKellen in “Edmund the Magnificent,” Toby Jones in “The Entertainer,” Elba in “Five by Five,” Carrie Coon in “Great Choice,”Winslet in “The Lost Letter, »

- Pat Saperstein

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Ed Asner to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at L.A. Jewish Film Festival

25 April 2017 7:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ed Asner has been selected to receive a lifetime achievement award at Wedensday’s opening night of the  12th annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills.

Asner has won seven Emmy Awards for performing — more than any other male actor. He received five of the awards for the role as Lou Grant in the two series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Lou Grant.”

Asner served as the 18th SAG president for two terms from 1981 to 1985. He received SAG’s Life Achievement Award in 2002, two years after winning the guild’s Ralph Morgan Award for service to the guild. He was also the lead plaintiff in a 2013 lawsuit against SAG-aftra alleging mishandling of $130 million in royalties and residuals.

The opening night activities will include the screening of  the short film “Super Sex,” directed by actor Matthew Modine and starring Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins, »

- Dave McNary

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