Short Film News (SFN) - Natalie Portman's directorial debut will open the 65th Venice Film Festival's short film section, Corto Cortissimo. Portman's 17-minute Eve , which stars Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara, will screen in out of competition slot in the Corto Cortissimo section, along with three other opening-night films.
Short Film News (SFN) - The on-line community Filmaka announced a new short film competition under theme "On the Road" which accepts entries until September 4, 2008. Each month there is a new theme and 15-20 filmmakers receive $1500-$4500 awards. Three of them go on to compete for feature funding at the end of the year.
Short Film News (SFN) - The 4th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival announced three special awards that will be presented at the festival opening night celebration, which takes place on Thursday, August 7. David Lynch will be honored with the 2008 HollyShorts Visionary Award. Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis will be honored with the 2008 HollyShorts Outstanding Achievement in Film Award and actress Paula Garces will be honored with the 2008 HollyShorts Future Star Award.
Short Film News (SFN) - The 14th Palm Springs International Short Fest announced its roster of 317 films from 40 countries, selected from more than 2,700 worldwide entries. The festival which will be held from August 21-27, 2008, showcases 53 World Premieres, 47 North American Premieres and 24 U.S. Premieres.
Short Film News (SFN) -Non European films in GRAND OFF (European Off Film Awards) The second edition of GRAND OFF (European Off Film Awards) that is dedicated to short films is to be held in Warsaw with a new added section for the best Non European film.
Short Film News (SFN) - Director of the National Film and Television School and former chairman of BAFTA are among DepicT! Short Film Competition's jury members. Organizers of the competition announced Wednesday that six filmmakers and festival directors will judge the submitted 90-second films of DepicT! '08.
Short Film News (SFN) -Microsoft intends to offer a series of comedy short films directed by horror filmmakers for XBOX 360 users. The films are going to be available free of charge in XBOX Live website from autumn.
Short Film News (SFN) -Filmmaker Magazine published a list of 25 news faces in independent cinema. In the list which is published for the 10th year, there are the names of 6 young filmmakers for the short films that have made.
Short Film News (SFN) - Sarajevo Film Festival announced that 69 young filmmakers from Southeast European countries will participate in the 2nd Sarajevo Talent Campus. After two weeks of reading of application forms, and viewing of the applicants' films, the campus selection committee has selected 28 talent directors, 12 talent actors, 12 talent producers and 17 talent screenwriters among 250 applicants from all 13 countries of the region.
Short Film News (SFN) - Author, broadcaster and comedian Phill Jupitus will host an Encounters Short Film Festival tribute to British veteran animator, Oliver Postgate. The event will be held on Sunday 27 July at Watershed, next to Bristol Harbour, to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of Oliver Postgate's stop-motion career and of Smallfilms, the company he founded with artist and puppet-maker, Peter Firmin.