Awards season is definitely upon us, with the Gotham awards and Independent Spirit nominations kicking things off. Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlist of ten animated and live-action shorts that will be considered for Oscar nominations. Three to five nominees will be selected from each category, and the nominations will be announced along with all the other Oscar nominations on January 25 2011.

Check out the full list of c0ontenders after the break. The 83rd Academy Awards will take place on February 27, 2011, hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Read More »

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2010 Sundance Film Festival Short Films Announced

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The Sundance Institute have announced the short films selected to screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Movieline was the first to break the story, but the press release is now public. Some of the notable films include Spike Jonze’s robot love short film I’m Here which stars Andrew Garfield, Herbert White, a short film he directed earlier this year by James Franco, who is already at the fest with his feature-length film Howl, Rory Kennedy’s The Fence, as well as short films from Nicholas Jasenovec, Ira Sachs, and Patrik Eklund.

This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises 70 short films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from 6,092 submissions up 8% over 2009. So, yes, for the most part the program is made up of filmmakers you’ve never heard of — but that’s exactly why you should care.

The Sundance Film Festival’s shorts program has long been established as a discovery for directors, including: Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O Russell, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Tamara Jenkins, Ted Demme, Tim Blake Nelson, Alexander Payne, Paul Dinello, Martin McDonagh, and Jason Reitman.

So it is a chance to discover some of tomorrow’s great filmmakers. Read the full press release after the jump.

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