ShortsHD Host Second Annual Shorts Awards
Press Release from ShortsHD
LOS ANGELES - ShortsHD, the world's leading network devoted exclusively to short movies, hosts its second annual Shorts Awards at Soho House in West Hollywood, California for a night of Short Film Oscar® nominees and star power. The invitation-only event recognized the Oscar® Nominated Short Filmmakers for Live Action, Animation and Documentary, Industry Visionaries and Leaders and a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Nick Park.
Last year, in addition to honoring each of the 15 nominees, ShortsHD bestowed the first "Lifetime Achievement Award in Short Film" on John Lasseter and three "Visionary Awards" to established filmmakers who have embraced short films, including Oscar® winner, Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo, Kenneth Branagh and June Foray (the 93 year-old voice of Rocky, the Smurfs and many Looney Tunes characters).
This year Awards were presented in multiple categories.
NOMINEES FOR SHORT FILM (Animation)
Film: A Morning Stroll
Nominees: Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe
Nominees: Patrick Doyon
Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Nominees: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
Film: La Luna
Nominees: Enrico Casarosa
Film: Wild Life
Nominees: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby,
NOMINEES FOR SHORT FILM (Live Action)
Nominees: Peter McDonald, Eimear O'Kane
Nominees: Max Zähle, Stefan Gieren
Film: The Shore
Nominees: Terry George, Oorlagh George
Film: Time Freak
Nominees: Andrew Bowler, Gigi Causey
Film: Tuba Atlantic
Nominees: Hallvar Witzø
NOMINEES FOR SHORT FILM (Documentary)
Film: Incident in New Baghdad
Nominees: James Spione
Film: Saving Face
Nominees: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Film: The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
Nominees: Gail Dolgin, Robin Fryday
Film: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Nominees: Lucy Walker, Kira Carstensen
Film: God is the Bigger Elvis
Nominees: Rebecca Cammisa, Juile Anderson
Visionary Actor - Ray McKinnon
Visionary Actress - Joan Collins
Visionary Leader - Marcy Page
Visionary Animator - Bill Plympton
Shorts Technology Awards:
Best Video Camera for Short Filmmakers - Canon C300
Best New "Point & Shoot" Video Camera - Apple iPhone 4S
Best Technological Innovation to Assist in Short Film Editing- Adobe After Effects
Best Filmmaking App of 2011 -Movie Slate by Pure Blend Software
Shorts Visionary Award: This award recognizes established filmmakers that embrace the medium's reputation for bucking the trend, contributing their considerable talents to innovative short movies that embody the genre's best qualities.
Lifetime Achievement Award in Short Film: This is the highest honor the Awards Committee confers to a filmmaker whose work throughout his or her lifetime has been instrumental in keeping the form alive internationally with their own work, while sharing their knowledge and experience in short movies to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
In addition, two new awards were presented this year: The International Award which recognizes the contribution of organizations and enterprises from around the world whom have excelled in expanding the audience for short films; championed talented emerging film makers and deepened the foundations of the short movie business. Recipients may include film festivals, TV networks, publicly funded film initiatives and even nations.