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Sundance Unveils Lineup Of Narrative, Documentary, Animated Shorts

By | Wednesday December 7, 2011 @ 2:18am PST

Sundance Institute unveiled Tuesday the short films selected for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Sixty-four short films were chosen from a record 7,675 submissions — a 16% increase over submissions for the 2011 fest. The festival runs January 19-29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The 2012 short film program is presented by Yahoo, which will feature some of the shorts on Yahoo! Screen, Yahoo’s premium video destination, where viewers can vote for their favorite. The winning filmmaker will be presented with the Yahoo! Audience Award at the end of the festival.

U.S. SHORT FILMS
This year’s 32 U.S. short films were selected from 4,083 submissions.

U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card (Director: Todd Sklar, Screenwriters: Todd Sklar, Alex Rennie) — Jim and Dave are brothers who haven’t spoken in years and don’t like each other very much, but are forced to come together for a week when their dad dies in Kansas City. A limited edition 1992 Skybox Series Alonzo Mourning rookie card is a point of contention.

The Arm (Directors and screenwriters: Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos, Jessie Ennis) — In an attempt to keep up with social pressure in a technologically advanced world, Chance starts a texting relationship with Genevieve, a girl he meets at a yogurt shop.

The Black Balloon (Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie) — The Black Balloon strays from the herd and experiences what life as an individual is like. He explores New York City in the deepest way, seeing all of its characters. Read More »

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OSCARS: 10 Animated Shorts Advance

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

Dimanche/Sunday, Patrick Doyon, director (National Film Board of Canada)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios LA, LLC)
I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat, Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
La Luna, Enrico Casarosa, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
Luminaris, Juan Pablo Zaramella, director (JPZtudio)
Magic Piano, Martin Clapp, director and Hugh Welchman, producer (BreakThru Films)
A Morning Stroll, Grant Orchard, director and Sue Goffe, producer (Studio AKA)
Paths of Hate, Damian Nenow, director (Platige Image)
Specky Four-Eyes, Jean-Claude Rozec, director and Mathieu Courtois, producer (Vivement Lundi!)
Wild Life, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, directors (National Film Board of Canada)

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2012.

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OSCARS: Deadlines For Live Action & Animated Shorts, Foreign-Language Pics

Beverly Hills, CA – Monday, October 3, is the deadline to submit entries in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories to be considered for the 84th Academy Awards®. Complete entries must arrive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by 5 p.m. PT that day.

In the short film categories, filmmakers must submit an entry form, one film print or copy in an approved digital format, and all other required materials by the deadline. In the Foreign Language Film category, filmmakers must submit entry forms, one English-language subtitled film print or copy in an approved digital format, and all other required materials by the deadline. Only one motion picture will be accepted from each country.

Complete 84th Academy Awards rules are available at http://www.oscars.org/rules. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Awards Coordinator Torene Svitil via phone at (310) 247-3000, ext. 1116, by fax at (310) 247-2600, or by e-mail at tsvitil@oscars.org.

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