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Call for entries - shnit Open 08 - you name it, we want it

This in from the brilliantly titled Shnit 2008, whose website also picks up my Best Use of Flash in a Supporting Role nom for the year:

shnit Open

Pack the stunning shorty, the fascinating animation, the heart-warming love-story or your most freaky clip and enter the short film contest "shnit Open 2008“. Not just honor and fame but also a prize fund of CHF 10 000 (about £4,870) is waiting for you. We are looking for the most exciting short movies from all kind of genre - from all over the world. Info, pictures and entry form at

Closing date will be 1st July 2008

shnit shortfilmfestival 8th till 12th October 2008 Berne, Switzerland


Roccos Faintheart to close a Best of British Edinburgh

faintheart2.jpgThose concerned that the movement of the Edinburgh Film Festival from its August spot would mean a shortage of quality titles may need to hold their breath as the festival unveiled it's 2008 lineup today. There are 15 World Premieres at the festival, including Vito Rocco's My Movies Mashup winner FaintHeart, Duane Hopkins’ Better Things, Terence Davies’ Cannes Entry, Of Time and City, 90s Nostalgia piece and Sundance hit, with Ben Kingsley as a stoned shrink, The Wackness, Martin Raddich's hotly awaited Crack Willow and The New Ten Commandments, a series of short films marking the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights directed by a lineup of new filmmakers including Irvine Welsh, Mark Cousins and Tilda Swinton.

Other treats include a screening of Pixar's latest Wall-E, on the same days as its US release, Shane Meadow's Somers Town, Errol Morris' Abu Ghraib expose Standard Operating Procedure, Werner Herzog's documentary Encounters at the End of the World, the new Under the Radar strand, and masterclasses from Errol Morris, Ray Harryhausen, Roger Deakin and Brian Cox. Full press release follows.


Edinburgh goes Under The Radar

The Third Pint (Dir. Luciano Podcaminsky)After being inspired by John Waters’ visit to the Edinburgh International Film Festival during 2007, EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill has announced a new strand of cult films for 2008’s edition. 

Under The Radar will play host to films that ‘deploy low budgets to imaginative effect and range from being variously kitsch, gory, disturbing and hilarious.’ Casting its net wider than simply horror/sci-fi/fantasy – which the EIFF had previously catered for with such strands as Night Moves – the selection aims to ‘break boundaries of both art and entertainment, drawing in elements of experimental video and gallery art as well as subversive comedy and extreme genre cinema’.

The trailer for the 63rd festival, made up of 1,000 stills and created by O Street and Pete Dibdin is previewed below: 


Salles, Kaufman, Wenders and Eastwood battle it out at Cannes 61

cannes61.jpgThe films selected for the official competition at the 61st edition of the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) were unveiled at midday today in Paris.  They included the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman, as well as the latest film from two-times Palme D'Or winners the brothers Dardenne. No British films were featured, but the Hollywood friendly out of competition slot includes both the world premiere of Indiana Jones IV and Kung Fu Panda - as well as the latest pictures from Woody Allen and Steven Soderbergh - whose hotly anticipated Che Guevara double bill (The Argentine & Guerilla) staring Benicio del Torro missed out on the competition because of delays in editing. Sean Penn heads the Jury.


Hull's Short Glimmer of Light : 15th - 20th April 2008

glimmer.jpeg The 6th Hull International Short Film Festival returns with a new name and attitude from 15th April. The debut festival from director Laurence Boyce, Netribution DVD editor, and one of the most passionate people about short film in the UK, GLIMMER will provide audiences with the very best new short films from across the world alongside numerous special events and exclusive guests, including a BAFTA masterclass with one of the UK's hottest short directors of the moment, Simon Ellis.

softseptshorts.jpg Highlights of this year’s Film Festival will include the Glimmer Award for Best International Short which will see directors from around the globe vie for the prize of £1000 sponsored by World Trade Centre Hull & Humber, a hub for developing, promoting and facilitating international trade and investment. Included in the programme will be the UK premiere of Ian Strang’s PIVOT a Canadian film that wryly deals with the notion of masculine competitiveness.


Africa in Motion 2008 - Call for Entries from emerging African filmmakers

Africa in Motion, Edinburgh's African film festival, launches a new Short Film Competition for emerging African filmmakers.

The Africa in Motion film festival (AiM), which takes place annually in October at Edinburgh Filmhouse, is officially inviting African filmmakers to submit short films for a new AiM  competition. In order to target the competition specifically towards young and emerging African talent, filmmakers who enter a film for consideration must not have completed a feature-length film previously. Films entered must have been completed in 2005 or after, and must be no longer than 30 minutes.


Edinburgh International Film Festival submissions deadline

edfilmfestlogo.jpg Submitted by Edinburgh International Film Fest:

Submissions are open for the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival . Shorts, features, animation, documentary and music video that will be no older than 12 months by June 2008 are eligible. You can download the relevant forms and regulations from our site or you can submit your film via the online submissions service