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Sundance unveils shorts roster

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Top brass have announced 60 films culled from 8,061 submissions across four categories – Us and international narrative, documentary and animation.

“This year’s short film-makers have broken through their limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after each film has ended,” said senior programmer Mike Plante.

The Short Film programme is presented by YouTube.

Sundance 2015 is set to run in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, from January 22 to February 1.

All synopses provided by the festival.

Us Narrative Short Films

Actresses

Jeremy Hersh

The film follows the relationship between a young, aspiring actress and an established off-Broadway star.

A.D. 1363, The End Of Chivalry (USA-New Zealand)

Jake Mahaffy

A little-known historical catastrophe leads to the definitive end of the era of chivalry and questing.

Color Neutral

Jennifer Reeves

A color explosion sparkles, bubbles, and fractures in this handcrafted 16mm film. Jennifer Reeves utilises
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Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in New York

Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in New York
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday. He was 46.

Law enforcement officials said Hoffman died at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. No cause of death has been determined but officials suspect the actor may have overdosed on drugs. Law enforcement officials said the actor was found with a needle in his arm.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the actor was found in his bathroom around 11:15 a.m. by a screenwriter, who called 911, the official said.

Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for “Capote” in 2005, most recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new films “God’s Pocket” and Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man.”

He was also shooting the “Hunger Games” follow-ups “Mockingjay Part 1″ and “Part 2″ in Atlanta, reprising his role as Plutarch Heavensbee
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Call for entry: Bluecat Screenwriting Competition 2012

Call for entry: Bluecat Screenwriting Competition 2012
Bluecat Screenwriting Competition 2012 is calling for entries. The early deadline for submissions is August 1, 2011 while the late deadlines are October 15th ($60 entry fee) and November 15th ($65 entry fee).

The winning screenplay will receive  $10,000, with four finalists receiving $2,000 each. The best screenplay from the UK will be awarded the Cordelia Award and will receive $1,000. The best screenplay from outside the USA, Canada and the UK will be awarded the Joplin Award and will receive $1,000.

Every entrant will receive two written script analyses for each submission.

Every entrant who submits by August 1st is eligible for Bluecat Screenwriting Title contest, where three scripts will be awarded $250, as voted on by current BlueCat entrants.

One writer will be awarded a live, staged reading with professional local actors at Screenplay Live in Rochester, New York, as part of the 360|365 George Eastman House Film Festival. The prize includes travel, hotel and a $250 stipend.

This competition
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Bloodfest Club is Coming! Check out the Trailer!

Anyone who saw the Late Night Grindhouse screening of Hobo With A Shotgun at The Hi-Pointe Theater a couple of weeks ago saw the big-screen premiere of the trailer for Bloodfest Club that played before the feature. Bloodfest Club exists at this time only as a trailer, but the filmmakers are hoping the positive buzz the trailer is generating will help raise money to finance a feature-length version of the film. Bloodfest Club will be the second film from the writing team of Oscar Madrid and Jim Ousley. Their first, Hooch & Daddy-o, was an award-winning mock documentary (available on Netflix). about a fictional 80′s cop show directed in 2005 by Donna Northcott (who directed the recent Abominable Dr. Phibes stage show that was part of Vincentennial). Bloodfest Club will mark the directorial debut of Madrid and stars writer Ousley as Sonny Kane, a slow-witted, Chuck Norris-obsessed janitor at a High
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Screenwriting workshop in Tampa (Feb. 20th)

Gordy Hoffman

For all the aspiring screenplay writers in Tampa and St. Pete, who want a true critique of their work, the BlueCat workshop is a must attend.  On February 20th, one will have a chance to get expert feedback from award-winning writer/director Gordy Hoffman.  He won the prestigious Sundance award for his work on Love Liza.  He's also taught screenwriting at USC and has been apart of countless Hollywood productions as a writer.

Still not enough?  I had a chance to speak with Gordy and he gave an overview about him and what to expect from his company BlueCat.

Gordy wrote his first screenplay when he was just 12 years old.  From there, he's been interacting with writers for over 20 years and that has led to him writing and producing in the movie world.  His true passion is teaching and after a few years of doing that at USC,
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