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Shooting the Short: animated shorts draw their own conclusions

This year’s Animated Shorts Competition is a collection of six charming yet disarming films. Take Bernando Britto’s YEARBOOK, for example, where a man is tasked with putting together a yearbook of highlights for the entire human race. Winner of a Short Film Jury Award at Sundance, this animated short is a unique story that, according to the director, may not matter at all, really. “When I started to make it, I kind of realized that it didn’t really matter what I made,” Britto said. “Because on Earth everything is temporary. So I thought, if I was going to make a movie that eventually no one would remember, then I’m gonna make it about how we’ll all be forgotten.”

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Documentary shorts dig deep in Detroit, pursue perfection in Plano

They say dynamite comes in small packages. Having never gone shopping for explosives, that may or may not be true. But one thing’s for sure, this year’s Documentary Shorts pack a punch. With inside looks at guerrilla gardening in Detroit, the growing student loan crisis, and perhaps the greatest bowling story ever told, these quick and creative shorts are definitely a bang for your buck.

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Shooting the short: food-on-food violence and modern day Armageddon

Late at night, as you drift into the sweet land of slumber, weird little things sneak into your mind. It’s OK to admit it. DIFF’s Late Night Shorts are a chance to get in touch with these inner oddities. This year, the shorts include anthropomorphic food items stabbing each other (pictured) and the crumbling of modern society as we know it.

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Shooting the short: lessons from the short side

In this five-piece Q&A, directors participating in the DIFF’s Shorts Program 2 provide insight into their personal process of making a short film, including Justin Liberman (TOBACCO BURN), Brett Weiner (VERBATIM), Jeremy Robbins (AFTERMATH), Melissa Hickey (NI-NI), and Augustine Frizzell (I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL).

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Shooting the Short: 3 DIFF films aim for the stars and dig through the dirt

As part of this year’s Shorts Program 1, the films SATELLITE BEACH, DIG and JACK’S NOT SICK ANYMORE offer up inspiring stories where things nevertheless don’t turn out as planned. In this Q&A, actor and director Luke Wilson, Dallas filmmaker Toby Halbrooks and award-winning director Chloe Domont offer insight into their projects.

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