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‘Macropolis’ Director Joel Simon Used His Own Disability For Inspiration: TheWrap's ShortList Quickie

When you watch Joel Simon's animated short “Macropolis,” you can't help but smile. Maybe that's because of the beautiful message of friendship, the adorable characters, or maybe it's because one of the protagonists shares something in common with the delightful animator. “The dog with the prosthetic leg, that's me,” Simon told TheWrap. The short film follows two disabled toys making their way from the factory trash bin to the toy shop. Watch and Vote For TheWrap's ShortList Film Festival Finalists Here Simon, who is originally from Belgium and has been an animator for the past 17 years, represented his own disability in.
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Shortlist 2014 Film Festival Finalists

The third annual ShortList Film Festival, which runs through August 27, 2014 just announced the 12 finalists.

The 12 finalists include shorts prize winners from the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, the La Film Festival, Tribeca, Aspen, Clermont-Ferrand and other prestigious festivals. The films and filmmakers come from the United States, Mexico, Mozambique, Germany, Brazil and elsewhere around the globe.

All films are available now through August 27 for online voting Here. The shorts will also air on the Epix network August 24 at 6pm Et/3pm Pt and again in Epix’s Drive-In on August 25 12midnight Et/August 24 9pm Pt.

Two winners will each receive $5,000 cash prizes, the Audience Prize sponsored by YouTube and the Industry Prize sponsored by Epix at an awards ceremony on August 28 at the YouTube Space Los Angeles.

The Industry Prize winner, chosen by a jury of independent film experts, will also receive a pitch meeting at Paramount Pictures, MGM or Lionsgate to pitch their next project. The Audience Prize winner determined by popular vote will also receive the use of the YouTube Space for their next project.

Each winner will receive the opportunity to consult with the independent movie studio Cinedigm.

The Shortlist is proudly sponsored by Cinedigm, Epix, MTV and YouTube. It is presented by The Wrap and programmed by Nancy Collet.

Here are the finalists in three categories:



Directed by: Allison Schulnik

USA, 8 Minutes

A rhythmic ritual is performed by a bizarre ensemble of macabre figures.

Special Jury Recognition, South by Southwest ’14


Directed by: Joel Simon

UK, 8 Minutes

Two discarded toys find a new lease of life in a big alien city full of humans.

Family Choice Award, Ashland International Film Festival ‘ 14

"Me + Her"

Directed by: Joseph Oxford

USA, 13 Minutes

When Jack and Jill of Cardboard City are separated by Jill's untimely death, Jack goes on a journey to mend his (literally) broken heart.

Best Animated Short, Aspen Shortfest ’14

Narrative Fiction

"The Gunfighter"

Directed by: Eric Kissack

USA, 9 Minutes

A gunfighter in the old West starts off a chain reaction when the voiceover announcing his entrance to a saloon proceeds to give a laundry list of the town’s deepest secrets.

Audience Award, Los Angeles Film Festival ‘14

"My Friend Nietzsche"

Directed by: Fáuston da Silva

Brazil, 15 Minutes

The improbable meeting between Lucas and Nietzsche will be the beginning of a violent revolution.

Audience Award, Clermont-Ferrand Iff '14


Directed by: Patrick Cederberg; Walter Woodman

Canada, 18 Minutes

A relationship steeped in social media and told through the lens of Noah’s computer screen.

Best Short Film, Toronto International Film Festival ’13

"Off Ground"

Directed by: Boudewijn Koole

Germany, 13 Minutes

A dance film about a boy that says farewell to his mother.

Audience Awards, Netherlands International Film Festival ’14

"The Phone Call"

Directed by: Matt Kirby

UK, 19 Minutes

When a shy lady (Sally Hawkins) who works in a suicide helpline call center takes a phone call from a distraught man (Jim Broadbendt), she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

Best Narrative Short, Tribeca ’14

"A Tropical Sunday"

Directed by: Fabian Ribezzo

Mozambique/Italy, 15 Minutes

It's Sunday and crowds of eager children line up for rides at the fairground. Among them are four street kids, who have spent the week begging and scavenging. Today all they want is to feel like children again.

Best Drama, Aspen Shortsfest ‘14


Directed by: Brett Weiner

USA, 7 Minutes

A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue comes from an actual legal deposition.

Best Short Film, Dallas International Film Festival ’14

"Not It (Zafo)"

Directed by: Pablo Orta

Mexico, 5 Minutes

An afternoon with a group of young boys who draw straws to see who will perform a grim task

Best Short Film, Guadalajara International Film Festival ’14


"The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed"

Directed by: Scott Calonico

UK, 9 Minutes

JFK places a salty call to his staff, questioning a potentially embarrassing expenditure.

Audience Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival ’14

The 2014 festival is programmed by Nancy Collet.

About The ShortList:

The ShortList ( ) represents the best of the best of filmmaking in the format that young filmmakers and enthusiasts use most often: shorts. The ShortList showcases 12 award-winning short films hand-picked from world’s top film festivals of the past year. An Audience Award is chosen by viewers’ online votes and a Jury Prize is chosen by the Industry jury, a six-person panel of veteran independent film professionals. Winning films will be announced at a special live event on August 28 in Los Angeles and will air on the Epix network.

About The Wrap News Inc.:

The Wrap News Inc., founded by award-winning journalist Sharon Waxman in 2009, is the leading digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media. As a multi-platform media company, The Wrap News Inc. is comprised of, the award-winning, industry-leading outlet for high-profile newsbreaks, investigative stories and authoritative analysis; PowerGrid Pro, the most current, relevant film development database; and TheGrill, an executive leadership conference centered on the convergence of entertainment, media and technology. The Wrap News, Inc. is backed by Maveron, a venture capital firm based in Seattle, Washington and co-founded by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Dan Levitan.
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Harmony Lessons tops Seattle awards

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Emir Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons won the 39th Seattle International Film Festival’s Best New Director grand jury prize on Sunday [9] as top brass handed out jury and audience awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

The Siff 2013 Best Documentary grand jury prize went to Penny Lane’s Our Nixon and Lucy Walker earned a special jury prize for The Crash Reel, while Kyle Patrick Alvarez took the Best New American Cinema grand jury prize for C.O.G.

In the audience awards, Henk Pretorius’ Fanie Fourie’s Lobola won the Best Film Golden Space Needle Award and Morgan Neville’s Twenty Feet From Stardom took the corresponding documentary prize.

The Best Director Golden Space Needle Award went to Nabil Ayouch for Horses Of God, while best actor was awarded to James Cromwell for Still Mine and best actress to Samantha Morton for Decoding Annie Parker.

The Best Short Film Golden Space Needle Award was presented to [link
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This week's new film events

Scala Beyond, Nationwide

Fill the land with cinemas! Independent exhibitors get organised and sweep the nation in this refreshing initiative, uniting all corners of fringe film, from cult institutions (like the Scala itself, in its glory days) to pop-up cinemas and marginal movie clubs. More than 100 of them are involved in this six-week initiative, resulting in a bill of staggering, multiplex-averse variety: Manchester has a Turkish rip-off of Star Wars while Edinburgh has a screening of Eyes Without A Face in an anatomy theatre. Sheffield has Butch Cassidy in a bike shop while London's Roxy, the epicentre of the event, has a live score of John Carpenter's sci-fi classic Dark Star among others.

Various venues, Sat to 29 Aug

Frightfest, London

Like ravenous zombies to an all-you-can-eat brain barbecue, horror aficionados are irresistibly drawn to this annual film feast, where the great and the bad turn up in person to present their latest unsavoury offerings.
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