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Introducing the 2013 ShortList Film Festival

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Short on time but long on passion for film? Lucky for you, there's a festival for that.

Alongside TheWrap and MTV, NextMovie is happy to once again bring you the ShortList Film Festival. Twelve amazing short films are in competition this year, many of them previously featured in such prestigious competitions as Sundance and the LA Film Festival.

From now until August 29, the dirty dozen of contenders are available for your streaming and voting pleasure. The winning film will take home the Industry Award, the prize for which includes a first-look deal, an agreement that it will be aired on an MTV network and win a package of camera equipment for the director's next feature or short.

Jump behind the cut for a look at each of the 12 nominated films, and be sure to watch them all at the ShortList.

FEAR OF FLYING Directed by Conor Finnegan
Ireland, 9 min
A bird with a fear of flying tries to avoid heading South for the winter.
Best Animated Short Film, Galway Film Fleadh 2012?
Best Animated Short Film, LA Shorts Fest 2012?

THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD Directed by Will Anderson
UK, 16 min
A 'behind-the-scenes' look at an Animator/Filmmaker as he struggles with his character.
BAFTA 2013 - Short Animation
British Academy Scotland Awards – Best Animation

THE PUB Directed by Joseph Pierce
UK, 8 min
A day caught up in the murky slipstream of a North London pub.
Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostela '12 - Best International Animation
Los Angeles Film Festival '12 - Best Experimental Short

WHAT DO WE HAVE IN OUR POCKETS? Directed by Goran Dukic
Israel/USA, 4 min
A most unusual love story unravels when the objects in a young man's pockets come to life. 
Best Script in a Short, 2013 Nantucket Film Festival

Narrative Fiction

BLACK METAL Directed by Kat Candler
USA, 9 min
After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, the actions of one fan create a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.
Short Grand Jury Prize, 2013 Dallas International Film Festival
Grand Jury, Narrative Short, 2013 deadCENTER Film Festival

CAFÉ REGULAR, CAIRO Directed by Ritesh Batra
Egypt, 11 min
After two years together, Alaa and Mai encounter the first big crisis in their relationship in a café in Cairo. In this city, always changing and always relentless, the old and the new clash and anything might be possible.
FIPRESCI Critics Prize at the International Film Festival of Oberhausen, 2012

MAGNESIUM Directed by Sam de Jong
Netherlands, 20 min
A talented gymnast makes a life-changing discovery as she prepares for an important tournament, which is her last chance to reach the top.
Tuschinski Award, 2012 Netherlands Film Festival

UNTIL THE QUIET COMES Directed by Kahlil Joseph
USA, 4 min
Shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in Watts, Los Angeles, this film deals with themes of violence, camaraderie, and spirituality through the lens of magical realism.
Special Jury Prize, 2013 Sundance Film Festival

VOICE OVER Directed by Martin Rosete
Spain, 10 min
I won't tell you whose voice over leads us through three extreme situations that are actually the same. Will you survive?
Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Plaque
New York City Short Film Festival, Best of the Fest

Fiction / Doc

CATNIP: EGRESS TO OBLIVION? Directed by Jason Willis
USA, 7 min
Catnip is all the rage with today's modern feline, but do we really understand it? This film frankly discusses the facts about this controversial substance.
YouTube Audience Award, 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Documentary

THE LAST ICE MERCHANT Directed by Sandy Patch
Ecuador, 14 min
For over 50 years Baltazar Ushca has harvested the glacial ice of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo. His brothers, both raised as ice merchants, have long since retired from the mountain. This is a story of cultural change and how three brothers have adapted to it.
Best Short Documentary, 2012 Woodstock Film Festival
Best Short Documentary, 2012 Woods Hole Film Festival
Best Short Film, 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston

WHATEVEREST Directed by Kristoffer Borgli
Norway, 16 min
A documentary about the unlikely inspiration behind a dance tune produced by Todd Terje called "Inspector Norse". "Inspector Norse" is the internet alias of Marius Solem Johansen, a failed musician living in a small town, producing dance videos and drug recipes for YouTube.
Special Jury Awaard at AFI Fest 2012

"The ShortList" runs from now through August 29.

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