January 16, 2007

Last week, the Sundance Film Festival announced that selected shorts would be available for purchase at Apple's iTunes store this year. According to their official podcast (from January 12, 2007) Sundance was the first film festival to stream films online, and they continue to break new ground with this announcement. Short films, and animated short films in particular are perfectly suited to this type of digital delivery. Distribution has always been difficult in this arena, and here's hoping we see more festivals follow suit.

You'll be able to view shorts for free starting January 18, 2007 at festival.sundance.org/2007/ and they should remain online through June 2007. Nearly half the shorts in this years program will appear on iTunes starting next Monday, January 22, 2007 www.itunes.com/sundance and while it hasn't been announced which animated shorts we'll get to see online or on iTunes, The Animation Spotlight program features these 8 films, 3 of which also happen to be Oscar nominees*, ehr, correction, make that Oscar contenders (who didn't actually make the Academy Awards shortlist):

Updated January 18:

Destiny Manifesto by Martha Colburn, U.S.A., 2006
Dreams and Desires—Family Ties by Joanna Quinn, United Kingdom, 2006 *
Duct Tape and Cover by Yong-Jin (Gene) Park, U.S.A., 2005
Everything Will Be OK by Don Hertzfeldt, U.S.A., 2006 *
Golden Age by Aaron Augenblick, U.S.A., 2006
One Rat Short by Alex Weil, U.S.A., 2006 *
Paulina Hollers by Brent Green, U.S.A., 2006
Phantom Canyon by Stacey Steers, U.S.A., 2006

In addition, these four films are part of the Shorts/Shorts with Features Program:

How She Slept At Night by Lilli Carre, U.S.A., 2006 (Shorts with Features)
In Passing by Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Rainbow, United Kingdom, 2006 (Shorts with Features)
The Tragic Story of Nling by Jeffrey St. Jules, Canada, 2006 (Shorts Program)
t.o.m. by Tom Brown & Daniel Gray, United Kingdom, 2006 (Shorts with Features)

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Award Winners were announced yesterday. Amongst the animated films mentioned here, Don Hertzfeldt won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking for EVERYTHING WILL BE OK, and an Honorable Mention went to Tom Brown and and Daniel Gray for t.o.m.
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