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Oscars 2017: Short Film Qualifying Festivals

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Short fiction films (segregated into live action and animated categories) have three potential routes to an Oscar nomination:

  1. Screen theatrically in Los Angeles
  2. Win a qualifying film festival award
  3. Win a Student Academy Award

To be eligible for consideration, one of the above criteria must be met between October 1st 2015 and September 30th 2016.

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Below are all the qualifying festivals and awards for the 89th Academy Awards.

Short Film Qualifying Festivals 2016-2017

FestivalCountryAward
Academia De Las Artes Las Ciencias Cinematograficas De EspanaSpainGoya Award for Best Fiction Short Film
Academia De Las Artes Las Ciencias Cinematograficas De EspanaSpainGoya Award for Best Animated Short Film
Academie Des Arts Et Techniques Du CinemaFranceBest Short Film
Academy of Canadian Cinema & TelevisionCanadaBest Live Action Short
Academy of Canadian Cinema & TelevisionCanadaBest Animated Short
AFI FestUSAGrand Jury Prize
Anima, The Brussels Animation Film FestivalBelgiumBrand Prix Anima for Best International Short Film
Anima MundiBrazilBest Animation
Animafest Zagreb - World Festival of Animated FilmCroatiaGrand Prix - Best Short Film of the Festival
Ann Arbor Film FestivalUSAKen Burns Award for Best of the Festival
Ann Arbor Film FestivalUSALawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film
Ann Arbor Film FestivalUSAChris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film
Annecy International Animation Film FestivalFranceLe Cristal d'Annecy
Annecy International Animation Film FestivalFranceJury Award
Aspen ShortsfestUSABest Animation
Aspen ShortsfestUSABest Comedy
Aspen ShortsfestUSABest Drama
Aspen ShortsfestUSABest Short Short
Athens International Film and Video FestivalUSABest Narrative
Athens International Film and Video FestivalUSABest Animation
Atlanta Film FestivalUSABest Animated Short Film
Atlanta Film FestivalUSABest Narrative Short Film
Austin Film FestivalUSAAnimated Short Jury Award
Austin Film FestivalUSANarrative Short Jury Award
Berlin International Film FestivalGermanyGolden Bear - International Shorts Competition
Bermuda International Film FestivalBermudaBermuda Shorts Award
Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short FilmSpainGrand Prize of the Bilbao Festival
British Academy of Film and Television ArtsUKBest British Short Film
British Academy of Film and Television ArtsUKBest Short Animation Film
Calgary International Film FestivalCanadaBest Overall Short Film Award
Cannes International Film FestivalFrancePalme d'Or - Best Short Film
Cartagena International Film FestivalColombiaBest Short Film
Chicago International Children's Film FestivalUSAAdult Jury First Place - Animated Short
Chicago International Children's Film FestivalUSAAdult Jury First Place - Live Action Short
Chicago International Film FestivalUSAGolden Hugo for Best Short Film
Cinanima International Animated Film FestivalPortugalGrand Prize
Cinequest Film FestivalUSABest Narrative Short
Cinequest Film FestivalUSABest Animated Short
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film FestivalFranceInternational Competition Grand Prize
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film FestivalFranceNational Competition Grand Prize
Cleveland International Film FestivalUSABest Live Action Short Film
Cleveland International Film FestivalUSABest Animated Short Film
Cork Film FestivalIrelandGrand Prix International Short
Cork Film FestivalIrelandGrand Prix Irish Short
David Di Donatello AwardItalyBest Short Film
Dubai International Film FestivalUAEBest Film - Muhr Shorts
Edmonton International Film FestivalCanadaInternational Short Film Award
Edmonton International Film FestivalCanadaAnimated Short Film Award
Encounters Short Film and Animation FestivalUKBrief Encounters Grand Prix
Encounters Short Film and Animation FestivalUKAnimated Encounters Grand Prix
Flickerfest International Short Film FestivalAustraliaBest International Short Film
Flickerfest International Short Film FestivalAustraliaYoram Gross Award for Best International Animation
Flickerfest International Short Film FestivalAustraliaBest Australian Short Film
Florida Film FestivalUSABest Narrative Short
Florida Film FestivalUSABest Animated Short
Foyle Film FestivalIrelandBest Irish Short Film
Foyle Film FestivalIrelandBest International Short Film
Foyle Film FestivalIrelandBest Animated Short Film
Galway Film FleadhIrelandJames Horgan Award for the Best Animation
Galway Film FleadhIrelandTiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama
German Short Film AwardGermanyLive Action 1 min - 7 min
German Short Film AwardGermanyLive Action 7 min - 30 min
German Short Film AwardGermanyAnimated Films 1 min - 30 min
Gijon International Film FestivalSpainPremio Principado De Asturios Al Mejor Cortometraje (Best Short Film)
Guadalajara International Film FestivalMexicoBest Iberoamerican Short Film
Guadalajara International Film FestivalMexicoBest Mexican Animated Short Film
Guanajuato International Film FestivalMexicoBest Short Animation
Guanajuato International Film FestivalMexicoBest Short Fiction International
Hamptons International Film FestivalUSAGolden Starfish Award for Best Short Film
Heartland Film FestivalUSABest Narrative Short
Hiroshima International Animation FestivalJapanGrand Prix
Huesca International Film FestivalSpainInternational Short Film Contest - Danzante Award
Huesca International Film FestivalSpainLatin American Short Film Contest - Danzante Award
Jerusalem Film FestivalIsraelVan Leer Award for Short Independent Film
Krakow Film FestivalPolandGolden Dragon for Best Short Film
Krakow Film FestivalPolandSilver Dragon for Best Short Animated Film
Krakow Film FestivalPolandSilver Dragon for Best Short Fiction Film
Leeds International Film FestivalUKLouis le Prince International Short Film Award
Leeds International Film FestivalUKWorld Animation Award
Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated FilmGermanyGolden Dove - International Competition Animated Film
Leuven International Short Film FestivalBelgiumJury Award Best European Short Film
Leuven International Short Film FestivalBelgiumJury Award Best Flemish Short Film
Locarno International Film FestivalSwitzerlandGolden Leopard - Best Short Film, International Competition
Locarno International Film FestivalSwitzerlandGolden Leopard - Best Short Film, National Competition
Los Angeles Film FestivalUSABest Animated / Experimental Short Film
Los Angeles Film FestivalUSABest Narrative Short Film
LA Shorts FestUSABest of Fest
LA Shorts FestUSABest Foreign Film
LA Shorts FestUSABest Animation
Melbourne International Film FestivalAustraliaCity of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film
Melbourne International Film FestivalAustraliaBest Australian Short Film
Montreal Festival Du Nouveau CinemaCanadaBest Short Film - International Competition
Montreal World Film FestivalCanadaFirst Prize - Short Film
Morelia International Film FestivalMexicoBest Animated Short Film
Morelia International Film FestivalMexicoBest Short Fiction Film
Nashville Film FestivalUSABest Animated Short
Nashville Film FestivalUSABest Live Action Short
New York International Children's Film FestivalUSABest Animated Short
New York International Children's Film FestivalUSABest Live Action Short
Nordisk Panorama Film FestivalNordic CountriesBest Nordic Short Film
Norweigan Short Film FestivalNorwayBest Norwiegan Short Film
Oberhausen International Short Film FestivalGermanyGrand Prize of the City of Oberhausen
Odense International Film FestivalDenmarkInternational Competition Grand Prix
Odense International Film FestivalDenmarkNational Competition Grand Prix
Odense International Film FestivalDenmarkAnimation Competition Grand Prix
Ottawa International Animation FestivalCanadaBest Independent Short
Palm Springs International ShortfestUSABest of the Festival Award
Palm Springs International ShortfestUSABest Animation Short
Palm Springs International ShortfestUSABest Live Action Short 15 minutes and under
Palm Springs International ShortfestUSABest Live Action Short over 15 minutes
Raindance Film FestivalUKShort Film of the Festival
Rhode Island International Film FestivalUSAGrand Prize, Short Film
Rhode Island International Film FestivalUSAGrand Prize, Animated Short Film
Rio De Janeiro International Short Film FestivalBrazilGrand Prix - International Competition
Rio De Janeiro International Short Film FestivalBrazilGrand Prix - National Competition
Riverrun International Film FestivalUSABest Animated Short Film
St. Kilda Film FestivalAustraliaBest Short Film
St. Louis International Film FestivalUSABest of Fest
St. Louis International Film FestivalUSABest Live Action Short
St. Louis International Film FestivalUSABest Animated Short
San Francisco International Film FestivalUSAGolden Gate Award Narrative Short
San Francisco International Film FestivalUSAGolden Gate Award Animated Short
Santa Barbara International Film FestivalUSABruce Corwin Award - Best Live Action Short Film
Santa Barbara International Film FestivalUSABruce Corwin Award - Best Animation Short Film
Seattle International Film FestivalUSABest Short Live Action
Seattle International Film FestivalUSABest Short Animation
Short Shorts Film FestivalJapanBest of Festival Award - Grand Prix
Show Me Shorts Film FestivalNew ZealandBest Film
Show Me Shorts Film FestivalNew ZealandBest International Film
SiggraphUSABest in Show
Singapore International Film FestivalSingaporeBest Southeast Asian Short Film
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of CataloniaSpainBest in Competition Short Film
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of CataloniaSpainBest Animated Short Film
Slamdance Film FestivalUSAJury Award for Narrative Short
Slamdance Film FestivalUSAJury Award for Animation Short
South by SouthwestUSABest Animated Short
South by SouthwestUSABest Narrative Short
Stuttgart Festival of Animated FilmGermanyGrand Prix International Competition
Sundance Film FestivalUSAShort Film Grand Jury Prize
Sundance Film FestivalUSAShort Film Jury Award: US Fiction
Sundance Film FestivalUSAShort Film Jury Award: International Fiction
Sundance Film FestivalUSAShort Film Jury Award: Animation
Sydney Film FestivalAustraliaDendy Award - Best Australian Short Film - Live Action
Sydney Film FestivalAustraliaYoram Gross Animation Award
Tampere Film FestivalFinlandInternational Competition Grand Prix
Tampere Film FestivalFinlandNational Competition Main Prize less than 30 minutes
Tribeca Film FestivalUSABest Narrative Short
Uppsala International Short Film FestivalSwedenInternational Competition Grand Prix
Uppsala International Short Film FestivalSwedenNational Competition Best Swedish Short
Urbanworld Film FestivalUSABest Narrative Short
Venice International Film FestivalItalyOrizzonti Award for Best Short Film
Vis Vienna Independent ShortsAustriaVienna Short Film Award for Best International Fiction Film
Vis Vienna Independent ShortsAustriaVienna Short Film Award for Best Animation Avantgarde Film
Warsaw Film FestivalPolandGrand Prix for Best Short Film
Warsaw Film FestivalPolandBest Animated Short Film
Warsaw Film FestivalPolandBest Live Action Short Film
Winterthur International Short Film FestivalSwitzerlandGrand Prize for the International Competition
Winterthur International Short Film FestivalSwitzerlandPrice for the Best Swiss Film

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Black Panther Aiming For Best Picture, Not Best Popular, According To Chadwick Boseman

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It’s Hollywood’s worst-kept secret; Marvel Studios’ chief Kevin Feige wants an Oscar. And not just a technical Oscar either. Following in the footsteps of Walt Disney, Feige’s ultimate goal is for one of his movies to win Best Picture. With Black Panther being a cultural juggernaut, the producer-extraordinaire sees it as his best chance yet and has reportedly hired veteran award strategist Cynthia Schwartz’s company – Strategy PR – to push for the nomination.

However, The Academy themselves threw a spanner in the works last month, when they announced the introduction of a brand new category at next year’s awards ceremony: Best Achievement in Popular Film. With Black Panther presently the highest-grossing film of the year domestically, and the second-highest internationally, it’s the clear favourite to win in the new category (at least, to the best of everyone’s knowledge – The Academy have, frustratingly, refused to define the new award). However according to King T’Challa himself, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, that’s not the goal.

“We don’t know what [Best Popular] is, so I don’t know whether to be happy about it or not,” Boseman told The Hollywood Reporter, “What I can say is that there’s no campaign for Popular Film; like, if there’s a campaign, it’s for Best Picture, and that’s all there is to it.”

“A good movie is a good movie,” the Get On Up star continued, “and clearly it doesn’t matter how much money a movie makes in order for it to be ‘a good movie’ because if [it did], the movies that get nominated and win [predominantly low-grossing, highly-praised art-house fare] wouldn’t get nominated; and if it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter on both sides. For my money, the only thing that matters is the level of difficulty.”

“What we did was very difficult. We created a world, we created a culture … we had to create a religion, a spirituality, a politics; we had to create an accent; we had to pull from different cultures to create clothing styles and hair styles. It’s very much like a period piece. … So, as far as that’s concerned, I dare any movie to try to compare to the difficulty of this one. And the fact that so many people liked it — if you just say it’s [only] popular, that’s elitist.”

Chadwick has a point – the gross of a film has never, and should not, affect a film’s chances at winning Best Picture. However, whilst The Academy has made clear that a film can be nominated for both Best Film and Best Popular (frustrating many members who have then rightfully asked what the point is), they have somewhat written themselves into a corner when it comes to Black Panther. See, through a very specific sequence of events, The Academy have manufactured a situation where the most likely events to play out on the night will be Damien Chazelle’s buzzy First Man, a movie with an all-white cast and crew, winning Best Picture… whilst the all-black cast and crew of Black Panther accept the new ‘separate but equal’ award for Best Achievement in Popular Film. Yikes.

Black Panther is available on Digital, DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K now, and is rated 12A.

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Danny DeVito To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At The San Sebastian Film Festival

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Batman Returns star Danny DeVito is set to receive the coveted Donostia Award, honouring him for his career achievements, at the sixty-sixth annual San Sebastian Film Festival this September.

“The award recognizes a career of almost five decades related to acting in theatre, film and television, telling stories as an actor, producer and director,” the Spanish festival’s organisers said in a statement, “The Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner is known for his roles in television series Taxi and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and movies such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, Romancing The Stone, Twins, Ruthless People, and Tin Men.”

“He has also directed – and starred in – hugely emblematic films, including The War of the Roses (1989), Hoffa (1992), Death to Smoochy (2002), Throw Momma From the Train (1987), Curmudgeons (2016), Duplex (2003), The Ratings Game (1984), and The World’s Greatest Lover (1977).”

The San Sebastian Film Festival will run from the 21st to the 29th of September. Danny DeVito can next be heard in animated children’s flick Smallfoot, which will premiere on the 23rd at the Festival.

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THE BURDEN OF OSCAR: POLITICS AND FILM.

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2017 was not overly kind to Hollywood. A drop in cinema audiences. Dismal summer box office. Increasing competition from the rise of Netflix and compelling television shows. Decreasing ratings for movie awards shows. Justice League.
And please, nobody even mention Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey.

In short it all went a bit Pete Tong for La La Land last year.
In fact the La La Land /Moonlight mix up at the Oscars in February now seems a rare bright spot in the 2017 tinsel town calendar. Reading out the wrong best picture winner? Light relief! Oh, how we can laugh now at a ‘wrong envelope mishap’ in the wake of #metoo and #sheknew

So, where and when did the rot start?
I’d suggest November 2016. On 8th November to be precise. Hollywood was tux and gown ready to celebrate the presidential victory of the woman whose campaign many A listers had funded to the tune of millions. However, 60 million Americans had a different plan. Enter the Donald!
The rest is outrage history.

Hollywood has since used Twitter, late night chat shows the press and most of all, awards shows to bash Trump……….and by association the 60 million who voted for him. 60 million potential movie fans.

Some love the political content of awards shows. Some are infuriated by it. But for many the politics has just got old really quickly. All they want from their movie and tv stars is entertainment. Yet the one industry that has the power to bring polarised communities together isn’t managing it. Nor does the entertainment media help.

The dumbest question on the movie red carpet in 2017 was one that was repeated the most, earnestly each time as if it was something unbelievably profound: what do you think will Trump voters make of your film?
Alexander Payne when asked it at the Venice film festival was one of the few who refused to be baited. He said he hoped that he made films for everybody. Unfortunately for him, his film Downsizing didn’t exactly please everybody but at least he recognised that his role is as a filmmaker not political campaigner. Similarly, while other stars have lost fans due to their relentless political tirades, Frances McDormand has been gaining them by being funny, entertaining and making it clear that her politics are her private business. But Payne and McDormand are rare. Too many stars and filmmakers take the media bait or can’t resist lecturing the world on the cause du jour when it isn’t the time and place to do so.

That is the issue. There is a time and place to make earnest speeches, to berate, to demand change, to highlight injustice. The Oscars podium isn’t it.

I’ve been lucky enough to go to the Oscars. It was a terrific experience. It was everything I’d imagined the Oscars to be; glamorous, fun, starry and an escape from the norm. The dresses were colourful and gorgeous. The jokes were funny. Everyone was out to party!
Was it frivolous, unreal and superficial. Yep. And it was all the more wonderful for that because I’d come to the event from conducting a 15 day case in the High court about a paedophile ring. So I know about the real world, thank you. And so do the millions who watch the Oscars on television around the world. The Oscars is their escape from the real world, as it was mine.

Yes, the Oscars has always been political to a degree; Marlon Brando sending a Native American woman to collect his Oscar for The Godfather, Michael Moore leading the charge against President Bush and the Iraq war, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon highlighting Haiti and many more issues. But those were moments in a lengthy ceremony. The rest of the show remained light and fun. The atmosphere overall wasn’t somber, even funereal. In the last 3-4 years the politics has completely overshadowed the films and the film stars.

The Oscars now seems to be first about race, sexuality, political affiliation, hashtag movements with the actual work second.

The #oscarssowhite in 2016 campaign was the first year that I can remember when a cause dominated the coverage, pushing the films and actors in contention for the awards out of the limelight. But it has continued. Last year the subject was President Trump. This year it’s #metoo and #TimesUp.
Around Oscar time I get asked 3 main questions: which of the nominated films do I recommend? Who do I think will win? Who had the best dress?

The first suggests that being nominated/winning really does help a film’s box office. And since the Oscars is essentially an industry event at which the film business shows off its wares, that’s a good thing. The second shows that humans are a competitive lot at heart. It’s why we love sport. No one truly likes ‘participation prizes’. We want there to be a ‘best’ so we can endlessly argue about it for evermore afterwards.
And yes, the third question is every bit as legitimate as the first two. Hollywood is the epitome of glamour. Fashion is big business that employs many people. The Oscars brings the two together on a world stage. And yes, women get asked about their dresses because it’s what many people tune in to see. The men’s tuxedos are the same each year. They aren’t the draw.
Funnily, the questions that don’t crop up are ‘what does Chris Hemsworth think about Brexit’ or ‘ What are Rebel Wilson’s views on the fiscal crisis’.
Maybe, just maybe, people don’t really care.

As I write this, some media outlets are reporting that Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster will present the best actress award this year instead of Casey Affleck. He withdrew recently from the tradition of the previous best actor winner presenting the new best actress winner with her gong, most likely, because he didn’t want or need the media coverage that would have dogged him in respect of allegations of sexual misconduct which were subject to an agreement between him and two women. None of the trio are legally allowed to speak publicly about the agreement. No one outside their respective close circles and legal advisers knows what the terms of the agreement were. Affleck could have agreed terms because he’s guilty as hell and didn’t want a court trial to prove it. The women could have been lying through their teeth and didn’t want a court trial to prove it.

Or, you know, the truth could lie somewhere in the middle. As it often does. Point is, we will never know.

That, of course didn’t stop hysterical speculation last year on social media of what Casey Affleck was ‘definitely, absolutely, 100% guilty of” – because – wait for it- he always plays creepy guys on screen! And it wouldn’t have stopped it this year, specially in the wake of #metoo. So Affleck stepped aside.

If it’s true that Lawrence and Foster will replace him, has the Academy really thought it through? What’s the message here:

That it takes two women to replace one man?

That there are no men left in Hollywood who can even safely present a woman with an award?

That only women can present an award to a woman because gender segregation is where we’re at in 2018??!!

See, this is what happens when you add politics to the mix. You may think you’re doing something right but it can come out all wrong.

On Oscar night on Sunday, armed police and security guards will protect stars who will go on stage and speak passionately against guns. Actresses who cheered and gave standing ovations to convicted child rapist Roman Polanski will now speak passionately against sexual predators. The list is endless of hypocrisies Hollywood can be called out for, so the wise thing to do might be to leave politics outside the door and, you know, entertain on the biggest night of the glamour industry.

However, I’m not betting on it.

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