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21 September 2005

Watch four-minute documentaries online

Four Docs is a Channel 4 website that shows documentary films, each one guaranteed to be no more than four minutes long. What's more, viewers can upload their own films to the site and have them viewed and reviwed.

This is a great idea for an online film site - you know each film is not going to last more than four minutes, so you don't have to invest half your life in waiting for the film to download. The site itself is also well put together (as you would expect from Channel 4). The graphics are good, the site's fairly easy to navigate around, and the buttons all seem to work.

Not many films have been uploaded yet, but cleverly you can subscribe to an RSS feed to keep updated as new films are uploaded. So many film websites would benefit from a similar RSS facility.

Look out for School Spirit (an inspiring doc about some school children making their own film), and Somebody's gotta do it, a film that allows a refuse van driver to talk about his life and tell some great stories about his work.

FourDocs is aimed at people who make docs, as well as those who watch them. It has a fantastic series of simple guides for the documentary filmmaker who is just starting out. These guides are short films themselves, with accompanying PDF files that can be downloaded. The site also has extensive legal guidelines for documentary makers, advice about copyright, links to useful websites, and interviews with documentary filmmakers.

It looks as though a lot of effort has gone into setting up this site, and it has paid off.

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14 September 2005

Girls on film

Dazzle short film agency
Short film distributors Dazzle will be showing us exactly what girls are made of when they launch their LIPSTICK CHERRY [ALL OVER THE LENS] programme at London's Curzon Soho at 6pm on 21 September 2005.

The programme from the London-based short film label promises a breathtaking selection of shorts focusing on the very best women cinematographers working in film today.

There will be an informal Q&A session in the Curzon Soho bar afterwards where you can meet some of the women whose work is being screened. According to Dazzle, viewers should

Be prepared for some gorgeous little films!

The programme includes:

  • Bubblegum[UK 2003. 10mins]
  • How (not) to make a short film [UK 2003. 10mins]
  • No deposit, no return [K 2004. 10mins]
  • One minute past midnight [UK 2004. 11mins]
  • Stalin my neighbour [UK 2004. 15mins]

Venue: Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftestbury Avenue, Soho, London W1
Date: Wednesday 21 Septermber 2005
Time: 6PM prompt
Tickets: £5
For bookings ring the Curzon Soho box office on 020 7734 2255 or book online.

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01 September 2005

Short films to be marketed for new Playstation Portable

Shorts International logo Two compilations of short films from Shorts International are to be released for the new Sony Playstation Portable (PSP). The sixty-minute compilations - 'Shortsplay' and 'Shortsplay Extreme' - will be available in the United States from 18 October 2005 in the UMD format unique to the new Sony handheld machine.

Many of the films have screened at prestigious film festivals and won a range of awards including:

  • "Home Road Movies," which earned the Aspen Shortsfest 2002 Most Innovative Film Award - Animation, and the Houston World-Fest 2002 Best Animation Gold Award;
  • "One Small Leap," chosen for the Brief Encounters, UK, 2002 HTV South West Award, and the 2003 Best Director award at Capalbio Film Festival, Italy; and
  • "Mr. Cloth," which earned Spain's highest film award, a 2003 Goya for Best Animation award, and the Worldfest, Houston, Gold Special Jury Award.

The UMD compilations are expected to sell for $19.99 each.

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