OSCARS: Nominated Shorts Get Added Theatrical Exposure

By | Saturday February 9, 2013 @ 5:00pm PST

Christy Grosz is Editor of AwardsLine

Although short films have been a part of the Oscars since 1931, the live-action, animation, and documentary shorts categories are getting more time in the spotlight than ever before. Voting on the winners in each category will be open to the entire Academy membership for the first time this year, and the Academy is sending DVDs of the nominees to every member — two changes that Jon Bloom, who chairs the short films and feature animation branch, says were important to the executive committee.

“It is, for us, a bit of an experiment”, Bloom explains. “Everything within the Academy about the awards is a work in progress from the standpoint that we’re all always trying to make things better”.

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Nevertheless, it’s all about visibility when making voters and viewers take notice of these small yet powerful categories. And Bloom points to the theatrical and video-on-demand program, Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013, that DirecTV’s ShortsHD short-movie channel began offering to consumers eight years ago as helping elevate the profile of short films.

“The huge breakthrough was to think of the shorts as a collection, meaning being feature length and being available in a way that fits”, Bloom says of the program, which packages each category of film into a theatrical, iTunes, and VOD presentation. “By having the Academy’s seal of approval on a handful of shorts that are being touted as special, then having audiences respond to those, has been very gratifying for us”.

It has also been a relatively successful venture for ShortsHD, its distribution partner Magnolia Films, and the nominated filmmakers. Theatrical receipts have increased 800% since the program’s 2005 debut, and 2012’s package ranked in the top 50 grossing independent releases, earning $1.7 million nationwide.

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“Last year, we made a 5% return on the release. We consider it marketing, rather than something we’re trying to make money on”, ShortsHD CEO Carter Pilcher says, adding that each nominated filmmaker receives a $5,000 flat-fee advance. “After we recover the costs of the release — we work very hard not to make them very expensive — we then do a 50/50 split on all the receipts”. Read More »

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OSCARS: 10 On Live-Action Shorts List

By | Wednesday December 14, 2011 @ 10:12am PST

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred seven pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

Je Pourrais Être Votre Grand-Mère (I Could Be Your Grandmother), Bernard Tanguy, director-producer (Rézina Productions)
Love at First Sight, Michael Davies, director and Sandra Gorel, producer (Spellbound Films)
Pentecost, Peter McDonald, director (EMU Productions)
Raju, Max Zähle, director and Stefan Gieren, producer (Hamburg Media School/Filmwerkstatt)
The Road Home, Rahul Gandotra, director-producer and Ameenah Ayub, producer (London Film School)
The Roar of the Sea, Ana Rocha Fernandes and Torsten Truscheit, directors (Niama Filmproduktion GmbH)
Sailcloth, Elfar Adalsteins, director-producer (Berserk Films)
The Shore, Terry George, director-producer (All Ashore Productions Limited)
Time Freak, Andrew Bowler, director and Gigi Causey, producer (Team Toad)
Tuba Atlantic, Hallvar Witzø, director (The Norwegian Film School/Den Norske Filmskolen)

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OSCAR: 10 Live Action Shorts Stay Alive

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Seventy-six pictures had originally qualified in the category.

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

“Ana’s Playground,” Eric D. Howell, director (StoryForge, LLC)

“The Confession,” Tanel Toom, director (National Film and Television School)

“The Crush,” Michael Creagh, director (Purdy Pictures)

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Oscar Deadlines For Foreign Films & Shorts

Mike Fleming

Beverly Hills, CA – Friday, October 1, 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 83rd Academy Awards®. Complete entries must arrive

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