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Seattle International Film Festival works-in-progress forum to include projects from Peru, Vietnam, Estonia (exclusive)

Two documentaries, two narratives invited to interactive programme.

The New Works-in-Progress (Wip) forum at the Seattle International Film Festival has announced its 2019 film teams and industry mentor line-up.

Four feature films – two documentaries and two narratives – have been invited from across the world to participate in the interactive event.

“The mission of the New Works-in-Progress Forum is to bring together the three vital parts of the cinema experience at a critical junction before the film has locked picture: filmmaker (as artist), industry (as conduit), and audience,” said Wip curator Kathleen McInnis. “We create a safe intersection near the end of
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'Ten Meter Tower' directors to examine camera culture with first joint feature 'Broadcast'

Ruben Ostlund to serve as creative consultant on feature documentary Broadcast, which is pitched this week at Cph:Dox’s Forum.

Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck, directors of the short film hit Ten Meter Tower, are unveiling plans for their first joint feature film, Broadcast, at Cph:dox’s Forum this week.

Danielson and Van Aertryck, who are collaborators at Ruben Ostlund and Erik Hemmendorff’s Plattform Produktion in Sweden, will look at the camera’s power and influence on human behaviour.

Broadcast will be a unique documentary project using lots of raw archive footage yet aiming to be “a completely cinematic experience.
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UK Film Centre in Cannes 2018: Full line-up of events

This year’s programme will focus on Brexit and Inclusion Riders.

The UK Film Centre has announced its full line-up of events and talks for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

This year’s programme includes Brexit briefing, a discussion on the UK film sector’s European partnerships; How to Budget the Inclusion Rider with speakers including Carol producer Elizabeth Karlsen; and a series of Talent Talks with filmakers whose work is screening at the festival.

UK Film Centre partners include the British Film Institute (BFI), British Council, British Film Commission (Bfc), Creative Scotland, Creative Skillset, Film Export UK, Film London and Northern Ireland Screen.
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Seattle International Film Festival unveils 2018 Works-In-Progress Forum (exclusive)

Arianna Bocco, David Magdael among mentors.

The Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) has announced the filmmakers for the 2018 New Works-in-Progress Forum supporting emerging talent, including four feature projects, two documentaries and two narratives from three countries.

The projects in the Forum, now in its second year, are: Bijon Imtiaz’s Paradise (pictured), a documentary from Bangladesh; Sarah Brennen Kolb’s Good Ol Girl, a documentary from the Us; and from Israel, Yona Rozenkier’s The Dive, and Limor Shmila’s Hanging.

This year’s documentary industry mentors include publicity veteran David Magdael, film journalist Amy Nicholson, and Hot Docs Canadian
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Sales agents motivated by passion not money, says Rotterdam panel

Beta, Pluto, New Europe execs discuss the sales industry during Iffr Pro panel.

European sales agents were on a charm offensive during a panel hosted as part of this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam Pro programme.

Source: Iffr

Iffr Pro panel: Kathleen McInnis (See-Through Films); Tassilo Hallbauer (Beta Cinema); Daniela Chlapíková (Pluto Film); Marcin Łuczaj (New Europe Film Sales)

Moderator Kathleen McInnis, publicist at See-Through Films, opened the discussion by saying that “we all do this for passion”, referencing the challenging European arthouse market where content is at a surplus and exposure is at a premium.

Tassilo Hallbauer, sales and acquisitions executive at German powerhouse Beta Cinema, stressed that he was always on the lookout for projects he could get passionate about, and didn’t have a specific agenda in terms of genre.

“I really have to feel the story and feel connected to it. We [the sales agent and filmmakers] will be together for a couple of years with the project
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Toronto ’17: The Solitary Journey of the Short Filmmaker: An interview with Tiff Short Cuts…

Toronto ’17: The Solitary Journey of the Short Filmmaker: An interview with Tiff Short Cuts…
Toronto ’17: The Solitary Journey of the Short Filmmaker: An interview with Tiff Short Cuts Programmer Danis Goulet

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Do you love short films? Find out which international shorts will play ‘Tiff 17 by heading to the Shorts Cuts film page. The Canadian component of Short Cuts will be announced on August 9.

A short film doesn’t need to play by anybody’s rules. It’s the sandbox of filmmaking, that comes with freedom, flexibility, and opportunities to fail. Perhaps this is why the medium has also launched the careers of filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Wes Anderson, and many more. Operating through its own niche market (with a smaller production budget, running time, and distribution) and mainly seen at film festivals, shorts deserve the attention of any serious cinephile.

In an interview originally conducted in 2016, Tiff Short Cuts programmer Danis Goulet took us through the arduous process
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Inaugural Siff New Works-In-Progress forum unveils selectees

Inaugural Siff New Works-In-Progress forum unveils selectees
Exclusive: Seattle International Film Festival selects two documentary projects and two narrative features for programme.

The 43rd Seattle International Film Festival has selected the participants for its inaugural New Works-In-Progress Forum.

The new initiative is designed to nurture emerging voices in world cinema by connecting the announced groups with industry veterans.

The documentary film teams chosen for the event are: Jordan Schiele’s The Silk And The Flame (China/USA), and Maximilien Van Aertyck and Axel Danielson of Plattform Produktion presenting Cecilia Björk’s A Good Week For Democracy (Sweden) and Hemen Kurda’s Children Of Arbat (Sweden).

The documentary industry mentors are Shane Smith, director of programming at Hot Docs; David Nugent, artistic director for the Hamptons International Film Festival, and Monika Navarro, senior manager content and initiatives at Itvs.

The narrative features chosen for the event are: Alvaro Delgado Aparicio’s Retablo (Peru), and Roxy Toporowych’s Julia Blue (Ukraine/USA).

The narrative industry mentors
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Film Festival Roundup: Tribeca Announces Jury, Sarasota and Dallas Pick Winners, and More

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Cardiff Animation Nights will be returning to run a dedicated animation strand at Cardiff Independent Film Festival (C.I.F.F.) for a second year this May. This year’s animation strand at C.I.F.F. will comprise three programs of animated short films in competition for the Best Animation Award, as well as an Animated Family Shorts program curated by renowned Cardiff-based studio Cloth Cat Animation, networking events, and an Animation Quiz run by the team at Skwigly Animation Magazine.

The competition program features animated short films from across Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia, including Mikey Hill’s The Orchestra, Anete Melece’s Analysis Paralysis, Chris Shepherd’s Johnno’s Dead, Ross Hogg’s Life Cycles and Alois Di Leo’s Way of Giants.
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'Aaba', 'Three Red Sweaters' among Aspen Shortsfest winners

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Four jury prize winners qualify for Academy consideration.

Top brass at Aspen Film handed out more than $15,000 in prizes as the 26th Aspen Shortsfest concluded on Sunday evening.

Amar Kaushik’s Aaba (Grandfather) from India won best drama and Martha Gregory’s Us entry Three Red Sweaters prevailed in the documentary competition.

Fabio Friedli’s Swiss selection In A Nutshell won best animation and the best comedy award went to Carlo Francisco Manatad’s Fatima Maria Torres And The Invasion Of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 from the Philippines.

Call Of Cuteness (Germany) by Brenda Lien won best short short. The animation, comedy, drama and short shorts winners are all eligible for Oscar consideration.

Schoolyard Blues (Sweden) by Maria Eriksson was named best student short.

The top five audience award winners in order of most votes were: Eyes Of Exodus (Greece-usa) by Alexandria Liveris; In a Nutshell by Fabio Friedli; Get Up, Kinshasa! (France
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Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Forum Titles, Wisconsin Film Festival Unveils Lineup and More

Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Forum Titles, Wisconsin Film Festival Unveils Lineup and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Wisconsin Film Festival returns to Madison, running March 30 – April 6. Highlights of the program include James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” Terence Davies’ “A Quiet Passion,” Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits,” Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper,” Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” and a section dedicated to new women directors. Find out more information at their official site.

– The Denver Film Society has announced its full festival program and schedule for the 7th Women+Film Festival on International Women’s Day. The Festival will take place at the Sie FilmCenter April 4 – 9 and individual tickets and all-access passes are on sale now. The Women+Film Festival shines a spotlight on stories by and about women with a high profile, female-centric mix of documentaries, feature presentations and short films.
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Seattle fest launches New Works-In-Progress Forum

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Seattle fest launches New Works-In-Progress Forum
Exclusive: Seattle International Film Festival brings in former Siff programmer and industry veteran Kathleen McInnis to head programme, announces call for entries.

Top brass at the 43rd annual Siff unveiled an initiative on Tuesday to nurture emerging voices in world cinema.

The inaugural New Works-In-Progress Forum will comprise two fictional narratives and two documentaries culled from around the globe.

In a collaboration that highlights the festival’s reputation for unearthing global voices and recognises its cinephile audience, filmmakers will present their works to attending industry and press, as well as working filmmakers and the audience.

The programme will operate under the auspices of the Siff Filmmakers Forum and is scheduled to take place over two days in the final week of the festival, which runs from May 18 to June 11.

Kathleen McInnis (pictured), a former Siff programmer, strategist and consultant specialising in world cinema who has more than 25 years of industry experience, has been brought
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Film Festival Roundup: MoMI and India Center Foundation Launch India Kaleidoscope Festival, Palm Springs Announces More Tributes

Film Festival Roundup: MoMI and India Center Foundation Launch India Kaleidoscope Festival, Palm Springs Announces More Tributes
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) and The India Center Foundation are launching India Kaleidoscope, an “exciting new festival that will present film lovers with a chance to immerse themselves in the unique sights and sounds that make up the Indian regional, independent film landscape.”

The inaugural India Kaleidoscope Festival, taking place December 8 – 11 at the Museum, will feature eight films, including seven new titles that will be making their U.S. or North American premieres and one special presentation of a classic Indian film. Most films will feature directors in person. The Opening Night film is “India in a Day,” an ambitious documentary project initiated by Google and comprised of images shot by thousands of people throughout India, artfully edited by director Richie Mehta
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Film Festival Roundup: Hamptons Announces Signature Programs, Raindance Unveils Slate And More

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

– The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) has announced some of the Signature Programs for its 24th edition. Hiff announced a selection of films that will screen as part of the returning Conflict & Resolution and Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights programs. Hiff will also launch Air, Land, & Sea, a brand new section of the festival that focuses on global issues of environmental conservation, clean water, and the integrity of our planet’s natural resources, with an ocean-centric focus.

“Our Signature Programs help to elevate the content of the festival’s programming with films that continue to provide audiences with thought provoking material,” said David Nugent, Hiff Artistic Director. “Our hope with Air, Land, and Sea is for the festival to embrace the global discussion on environmental issues, and build
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Film Festival Roundup: BFI London To Open With ‘Queen Of Katwe,’ Michael Fassbender Honored By Tiff And More

Film Festival Roundup: BFI London To Open With ‘Queen Of Katwe,’ Michael Fassbender Honored By Tiff And More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

– The 60th BFI London Film Festival has announced that Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe” will receive its European Premiere on October 9 at the Odeon Leicester Square, screening in the Festival’s prestigious headline gala section. The film stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga. It is Nair’s seventh film to show at the festival.

The film “is the vibrant true story of a young girl, Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess by Robert Katende (Oyelowo) a soccer player turned missionary. As a result of the support she receives from her mother Harriet (Nyong’o), family and community, Phiona is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
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Us Briefs: Voltage signs exclusive production deal with Alissa Phillips

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Plus: Kino Lorber acquires The Daughter; Aspen Film appoints industry trio for flagship events; and more…

Voltage Pictures CEO Nicolas Chartier announced on Wednesday that the company has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Alissa Phillips to make features, TV series and mini-series.

Phillips will work alongside the Voltage production team of partner and president of Voltage Productions Craig Flores, Voltage Pictures president of production Zev Foreman, and senior vice-president Dom Rustam.

Prior to Voltage Phillips was a producer with Michael De Luca where she produced Moneyball, Dracula Untold and Butter. She is serving as executive producer on the Focus Features film On The Brinks.

“We are incredibly excited to have Alissa work with us. Her studio experience and multi layered production experience will be a great compliment to our existing team,” said Chartier (pictured).

“I’m delighted to join the Voltage team,” said Philips. “I’ve admired Nicolas’ award-winning work from afar for some time and
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10th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Announces Annual International Project Discovery Forum Details

Now in its fourth edition, the International Project Discovery Forum (Ipdf), Los Angeles Greek Film Festival’s Industry Section and development workshop will present six impressive new projects by filmmakers from the Balkans and the Middle­ East region.

Ipdf Director A​raceli Lemos,​ in talking about this year’s selections remarks,"For this edition,we chose projects which are bold, diverse and thought­provoking. We are excited to meet all the filmmakers in person and work with them."

The 20​16 Ipdf projects a​re from both new and established filmmakers. They are A​lexis Alexiou'​s (“Wednesday 4:45”) third feature project "As Long As You Bleed." V​assilis Katsoupis ​and producer G​iorgos Karnavas ​present "Inside," ​​Katsoupis'debut fiction feature. His documentary “​My Friends Larry Gus” i​s s​creening o​n F​riday, June 3rd.​Karnavas is a prominent Greek producer, whose previous work “The Eternal Paraskevas of Antonis Paraskevas” and “Boy Eating Bird’s Food” were worldwide festival favorites and screened in past editions of Lagff.

Sol Goodman,​an American producer with projects in the Middle East and NorthAfrica, will present "The Taste of Apples is Red," ​a S​yrian ​film by E​hab Tarabieh.​

Three debut features will also be pitched: from T​urkey,​ N​azlı Elif Durlu and​and her producer A​nna ­Maria Aslanoglu ​present​

"Zuhal." ​From G​reece's ​H​arris Raftogiannis,​comes "The River," ​​and Serbia’​s S​tefan Malešević​ will offer up​ "Usud."​

A f​our­ member jury​ of entertainment professionals will decide the winning project after hearing the final pitches on Sunday, June 5th. The 2016 Ipdf J​ury member s​are producer at Gunpowder & Sky, David Harris,​ R​ebecca Katz ​from the Creative Producing Initiative of the Sundance Institute; Participant Media’s​ Ioanna Varikos, a​nd producer and co­founder of Extraordinary Renditions, K​elly Thomas ​(“Spa Night”).

The ​winners​of the competition will ​receive ​the ​Aegean Award ​and a ​scholarship ​to attend the ​Mfi Script2Pitch​ Workshops ​during the ​Orpheus Award Ceremony on Closing Night, June 5th.

Before the Jury pitch​, each filmmaker will receive ​group training a​nd ​one­-on-­one meetings​with a diverse group of professionals sharing expertise in financing, directing, writing, producing, marketing and distribution. This year's ​experts​ include​: K Street Pictures' president​ Charles Agron​; writer/producer David Ariniello ​(“Arcadia Lost”), acclaimed director and cinematographer ​Steven Bernstein ​(“Decoding Annie Parker”), co­founder of L.A.­based La Panda Productions ​Pau Brunet​, director of creative initiatives for technology leader Bittorrent ​Missy Laney​, film festival programmer and strategist Kathleen McInnis, ​manager for the feature film program’s international work at Sundance Institute Matthew Takata,​ and writer/Producer of the award­-winning “Innocent Voices” (Voces Inocentes), Oscar Torres.

"We strive to change and grow every year, looking at what is happening in the independent film world around us, and pair our filmmakers with the best experts that can help them. Not only with these projects but for their careers as independent filmmakers," adds Ipdf Producer​Giulia Caruso.

The ​Ipdf Industry Events, free​ and open ​to the public​, take place on Saturday, June 4.

At 12:30 p.m. the ​Writing for Diversity in TV ​panel will take place. During this group session esteemed television writers, and personalities discuss and share their experiences, challenges and efforts to promote diversity on TV – both within the writer’s room and the characters they create. Panelists are; writers ​Aida Croal ​("Luke Cage"), ​Julia Fontana ​("Lucifer"), ​Maikiko James​ from the newly launched Women In Film's Women Writing Lab, musician/ writer ​Our Lady J ​("​Transparent")​, producer Benoni Tagoe ​(​"Awkward Black Girl"​) and director/ producer ​Greg Yaitanes ​(​"Banshee," "House M.D."​).

At 3:00 p.m. ​How a Director Finds Her Characters ​presented by writer/director ​Athina Tsangari​. Tsangari, one of the principal instigators of the New Greek Wave, offers a unique Masterclass on directing. Her latest award­winning feature "Chevalier" is screening at the festival on Thursday, June 2. The masterclass will be moderated by film critic ​Carlos Aguilar, who has written for outlets such as Indiewire, MovieMaker Magazine, and Variety Latino.

"Every year we are amazed at the variety and quality of projects that filmmakers submit for consideration to Ipdf. It's a complicated selection process, and we always struggle to let some great projects go. To best serve the participants and their projects, we select only six films from the hundreds we receive each year.," notes Lemos.

For more information on the Ipdf projects and filmmakers go to http://lagff.org/festival/international­project­discovery­forum

The International Project Discovery Forum is the industry program of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

The International Project Discovery Forum is a Los Angeles pioneer in the promotion of international independent film development and co­production. Utilizing the innumerable resources that exist in Los Angeles, the festival aims to create a bridge between two very different worlds – the American Independent Film and the Greek/Balkan Independent Film.

They look for films that have an original approach, made by independent producers and filmmakers that have a unique voice. The stage of development of the selected projects varies from inspiring and promising scripts in an early stage, which they want to nurture through their journey, to more advanced projects in the financing stage that they connect with producers, distributors, sales agents and programmers that can actively support the film. The festival wants to create a circle of collaborators who share the same vision – a network of creative professionals from Greece, the Balkans and the Us that share the same idea of how they want to make films.

Besides their open call for entries, they look for projects in other industry forums in the Balkan region such as Thessaloniki Iff’s Crossroads, Sofia Meetings, Mfi Script Workshop.

The Forum includes a development lab only for Ipdf selected Filmmakers and a series of roundtables that are free and open to the public.

The goal is not only to promote Greek and Balkan filmmakers by helping strong, local stories with international appeal get told, but they also want to create an occasion for a true and lively exchange between European and American cinema. The forum provide a venue where dialogue is encouraged and creative collaborations are formed
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Toronto International Film Festival unveils programmers for 40th year

The Toronto International Film Festival is in its 40th year, and the Tiff CEO and Artistic Director this morning announced the programmers for 2015’s festival.

Tiff runs from September 10 to September 20. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a reveal of the full film lineups. Read the press-release for this year’s festival programmers below:


40th Toronto International Film Festival Announces Its Programmers

Toronto — Piers Handling, Director and CEO of Tiff, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, reveal the team of 22 programmers who will make the selections for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival®, which runs Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Piers Handling

Europe, City to City: London, Special Presentations, Gala Presentations

Handling is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tiff. He has held this position since 1994, and is responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of the organization. Under Handling’s direction,
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Toronto launches Short Cuts International

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Toronto launches Short Cuts International
New work from Claire Denis takes its place in the inaugural Short Cuts International line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).Scroll down for full list

A total of 36 shorts from filmmakers representing 29 countries will screen in five curated programmes.

“Some of the best filmmaking in the industry is happening in the short form and the introduction of this programme allows the festival to identify talented filmmakers and connect them to the rest of the world as well as the highly engaged audience present here in Toronto,” said Tiff director of special projects Shane Smith.

“From politically and socially provocative narratives, to aesthetically compelling animation and profoundly moving documentaries, the works in Short Cuts International are vigorous and vital films showcasing unique, yet universal, stories about the human condition.”

Short Cuts International is programmed by Smith; Kathleen McInnis, Short Cuts International programmer; and Magali Simard, Short Cuts programmer and Tiff manager Of film programmes.

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Joanna, 90 Days triumph at Ps Shortfest

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Joanna, 90 Days triumph at Ps Shortfest
Yatao Li’s Chinese entry Carry On won the Best Of Festival Award, while Aneta Kopacz’s Joanna from Poland prevailed in the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Jury Award.

Timothy Yeung’s 90 Days took the Panavision Best North American Short honours.

The festival ran from June 17-23 and screened 330 films from more than 3,000 submissions. Organisers handed out more than $115,000 in prizes, including $21,000 in cash awards, in 21 categories.

“The 2014 Palm Springs ShortFest far surpassed all of our expectations,” said festival director Kathleen McInnis (pictured at the Australian reception). “Our audience, filmmaker and industry attendance all soared, as did the striking talent we were able to showcase during our 20th anniversary year.

“Well over 800 filmmaker and industry guests made our Filmmaker Forums one of the most dynamic we have ever had, and most of the screenings had all filmmakers in attendance — a great bonus for our audience who love their Q&A sessions. Filmmakers brought
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More than 300 Films Vie for Four Oscar-Qualifying Spots at 20th Palm Springs Shortfest

More than 300 Films Vie for Four Oscar-Qualifying Spots at 20th Palm Springs Shortfest
The Palm Springs International Shortfest is a big deal: one of only 70 or so Oscar-qualifying festivals for shorts, it qualifies the first-place winners of its four competitions to compete for the Academy Award; only the sprawling Los Angeles Film Festival qualifies more for Oscar contention. This year's 20th anniversary slate includes 330 films, among them 84 world premieres, 71 North American premieres and 22 U.S. premieres. Fifty-four countries from around the globe will be represented at this year's Shortfest, which will take place at the Camelot Theatres from June 17-23."This 20th anniversary edition of Palm Springs ShortFest is the year of 'more'," Festival Director Kathleen McInnis said in a statement. "We saw stronger work from all our submissions, as well as a shift in storytelling—away from the angst-ridden drama of the past few years, and more towards hopefulness and sheer fun. There are more high profile actors lending their weight to the short films in our.
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