Shorts at #Locarno67: meditation vs testing the audience’s patience

Shorts at #Locarno67: meditation vs testing the audience’s patience

A guest blog from Mico Tatalovic When the representative of Single Stream, one of the shorts screened here, said ‘hope you enjoy our trashy movie’ I didn’t actually expect it to be about trash. Nor would I have guessed that 23 minutes, without dialogue, of shots of the inside of a recycling plant could be […]

Shorts at Locarno 2014: Highlights from young talent

Shorts at Locarno 2014: Highlights from young talent

 A guest post from Mico Tatalovic, in Locarno, Switzerland. Strolling through the narrow streets of Locarno, a picturesque lake-side town surrounded by the Alps, on the way to screenings, one feels the buzz and quaintness that come with the festival’s prestige and location – but, perhaps unexpectedly, one also gets a lot of negative vibe […]

Short and Swede

Short and Swede

  Göteborg is the home of Scandinavia’s most important international film festival, offering one of the world’s most generous prizes: a Dragon Award of 1 million Swedish kronor (nearly 158 000 USD) for Best Nordic Film. But comparatively speaking, the festival’s short film award is even more remarkable: this year, a selection of Swedish films […]

Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2011

Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2011

The 13th edition of the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival took place in London at the end of last month (20th-29th July, 2011). The festival gives awards to short films in 8 competitive categories: Documentary, Animation, Music Video, Broadcast Design, International, Newcomers, Short, and Long Form (for films over 12 minutes but under 30 minutes long). […]

Ana’s Playground (2009)

Ana’s Playground (2009)

Children are cinema’s simultaneously fetishized commodity and artless liability.  You can’t harm them, yet you can have them perpetrate terrible acts of inhumanity.  “Ana’s Playground” cuts through the malaise of hypocrisy and transmits a violent, chaotic reality usually relegated to somewhere “out there” right into your brain. This 18 minute short centers on a ragged, […]

Katrina’s Son (2010)

Katrina’s Son (2010)

Brilliant, vivid colors flood the opening moments of Ya’Ke Smith’s latest short film, “Katrina’s Son.”  A bright yellow sun bathes a young boy in a beautiful warmth —  a superficial warmth obscured by the coldness of death, abandonment.  Ed, a young New Orleans resident quietly mourns the death of his grandmother and only guardian in […]

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