Aug. 25, 2005
LA Shorts Fest Tackles 600 Films
By Gregg Kilday
The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, which will unspool Sept. 6 –13 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, will present 600 films from 28 countries.
The festival will honor director Jan De Bont with its Maverick Film Achievement Award, recognizing his contribution to the independent film movement.
Because the festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, its winners for best drama, best documentary and best animation are eligible for consideration for Academy Award nominations. In past years, films shown at the fest have gone on to earn 20 Academy nominations and six Oscars.
Jurors at the festival will include director Carlos Saldanha, whose 2004 short animated film “Gone Nutty” received an Oscar nomination, literary agent Ben Smith and Michael Garcia, director of HBO Entertainment (Drama Series).
LA Shorts Fest will bestow its inaugural Amnesty International Award this year to the film that best exemplifies the exploration of human rights by providing innovative, thoughtful and provocative cinema.