Last year saw the debut of The Viewfinder List, which aims to do for aspiring filmmakers what The Black List does for screenwriters. Compiled from a poll of “studio executives, producers, and creatives,” The Viewfinder List reflects the most-liked shorts, commercials, and/or music videos of the year. The inaugural list in 2010 included such up-and-comers as Patrick Jean, whose Pixels is due out in 2013, 47 Ronin director Carl Erik Rinsch, and, um, Alejandro González Iñárritu.

This year’s list has Dan Trachtenberg‘s Portal: No Escape on top, along with a few other videos you may recognize if you’ve been paying attention to /Film for the past year. Or even if you haven’t — that adorable Super Bowl Volkswagen ad with the little Darth Vader kid also made the cut, as did Chris Marrs Piliero‘s video for The Black Keys. Check out the full 2011 Viewfinder List — with video! — after the jump.

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There is a new name that, for better or worse, you’re going to be hearing often over the next year: Jesús Orellana.

The Spanish comic artist spent a year and a hundred bucks making the all-CGI short film Rosa, which did well at festivals and is now making waves in Hollywood. There is a plan to develop Rosa as a feature, and with the internet debut of Rosa in the past twenty-four hours, Orellana is becoming the latest in a growing line of short film directors to attract agency and producer attention. Check out the short below and muse on whether this might be the new Neill Blomkamp. Read More »

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