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Just Try to Resist the Allure of this Short Film

It's Friday, kids, and the party is right around the corner! Let's get this work day over quickly, shall we? To help you pass the time, we have a new flick from The Continuum entitled Allure that's sure to do the trick!

“Why did the creature cross the road? A small critter is attracted to a light glowing on the other side of the road. What is the allure?”

If you love the strange and wondrous, don't miss this amazing short film by award-winning filmmaker Christopher Kezelos. His recent stop-motion short films Zero and The Maker have screened in over 100 festivals, been nominated for two AFI's, and won 36 awards. They've since accumulated a dedicated fan base and been viewed over 6 million times!

Allure is part of Stage5TV's anthology show for gamers, The Continuum. Each week they feature an exciting new short film, extending across the realms of fantasy, supernatural,
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The Sapphires scores 12 nominations at Aacta Awards

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Hit musical drama The Sapphires has scored 12 nominations at the 2012 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) Awards including in the coveted best feature film category.

The Sapphires, which follows four indigenous singers during the Vietnam war, has grossed more than $14 million in Australia to become the biggest local film of the year.

Three other films will be also be vying for the best feature film award: Burning Man (10 nominations in total), Lore (eight nominations in total) and Wish You Were Here (eight nominations in total) at the main Aacta ceremony, which will be held on January 30, 2013, at The Star Event Centre. Last year's event was held at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

P.J. Hogan's Mental also scored eight nominations including Best Lead Actress (Toni Collette), Best Supporting Actor (Liev Schreiber) Best Young Actor (Lily Sullivan) and Best Supporting Actress for Rebecca Gibney and Deborah Mailman.

Not Suitable for Children
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The Sapphires leads Aacta nominations

The Sapphires has led the Academy of Australian Cinema and Television Arts Awards nominations being nominated in 12 categories.

Awards will be handed out over two events, with an awards luncheon, focused on craft categories on Monday January 28 and the main event on January 30. Both events will be held at the Star Event Centre, the first public events for the venue.

The Sapphires, distributed by Hopscotch/eOne has been nominated for Best Film, Best Direction and best adapted screenplay as well as Best Lead Actor and Actress for Chris O’Dowd and Deborah Mailman, and Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Mauboy.

Burning Man was not far behind on 10 nominations including best film and best direction as well as best lead actor for Matthre Goode and Best Supporting Actress for Essie Davis.

Three more films, Lore, Mental and Wish You Were Here received eight nominations while Not Suitable For Children received four.
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Great Stop-Motion Short Fantasy Film - The Maker

Here's a beautifully made stop-motion animated fantasy film called The Maker. The movie was directed by Christopher Kezelos, and the story follows a strange creature who is on a race against time "to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life." I really like the setting and crazy odd creature designs. Here's more of an explanation from the director on what the film is about and what it means,

The Maker explores the preciousness of our moments on earth, the short time we have with loved ones and the enjoyment of ones life’s work and purpose. In their fleeting existence our characters experience joy, love, hard work, purpose, loss and loneliness. As the tagline suggests, ‘life is what you make it’ and we are all makers in this world.

Check out the short film and hit us up with your thoughts on it!
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The Maker wins best film at Bondi Short Film Festival Awards

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Short film The Maker triumphed at the Bondi Short Film Festival Awards on Saturday, walking away with four prizes, including Best Film and the People.s Choice Award.

The popular festival, now in its twelfth year, was held at the iconic Bondi Beach Pavilion in front of a sell-out crowd.

The list of 14 finalists was deliberated over by a well-known panel of judges.from the flim and television industry, including Noni Hazlehurst, Christiaan Van Vuuren, Jessica Tovey, Kristy Best, Dr Ruth Harley and Andrew McFarlane.

Director of the Bondi Short Film Festival, Francis Coady said, "It is heartening to see such large crowds of people supporting independent Australian film year on year. We look forward to unearthing and presenting more wonderful films in 2013 and beyond.. A full list of winners can be found below..

Showtime Movie Channels .Best Film Award' The.Maker .. Directed by Christopher Kezelos Proof Sunglasses .Best Script
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Somali Pirates Film Wins Top Prize at TheWrap's First Short Film Festival

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Somali Pirates Film Wins Top Prize at TheWrap's First Short Film Festival
"Fishing Without Nets," a film about Somali pirates told from the pirates' perspective, won the Cinedigm Jury prize on Tuesday at the ShortList, TheWrap's first inaugural Short Film Festival. With that honor, director Cutter Hodierne (pictured above) nets a $60,000 reward from Panavision to be used on camera equipment for a future filmmaking project. (At left, "The Maker" director Christopher Kezelos; his wife Christine, who also produced; and "Catfish's" Nev Schulman, who presented.) The jury lauded Hodierne's film "for its strong technique, stunning cinematography and for taking us on an eye-opening journey to
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Feature films announced for Aacta Awards

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has announced the first round of nominees for the 2012 Aacta Awards.

Among the nominees is a short list of 23 local feature films which screened in theatres across Australia in the last year, or due to screen in the coming months.The feature nominees cross a wide variety of genres, with films The Sapphires, Killer Elite, Mental, Iron Sky, Bait3D, Swerve and Burning Man.

The Australian Film Institute and Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella said: “The goal for a healthy Australian feature film industry has always been to combine festival and critical acclaim with audience appeal. The exceptional collection of Feature Films in Competition demonstrates that this year we are well on the way to achieving this mix, and that despite many challenges, we can celebrate a landmark year in the industry.”

“We are thrilled to see many of our former AFI Award-winning
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Greek film Alps wins $60,000 Sydney Film Prize

Alps, an offbeat film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, has won the fifth $60,000 Sydney Film Prize, which is billed as being for films that are courageous, audacious and cutting-edge.

Lanthimos.s follow-up to Cannes Un Certain Regard winner Dogtooth, is about a group of people who operate a business replacing the recently deceased for the sake of those left behind.

.Alps melds pathos, black humour and taut menace in a film that is at once challenging and highly rewarding,. said jury chair, the Sydney-based director and actor Rachel Ward. .A finely calibrated, absurdist study of power and identity, Alps is intelligent, uniquely emotive filmmaking from an important new voice in Greek cinema."

The decision was announced to the media and festival guests yesterday afternoon at the Cruise Bar at the Overseas Passenger Terminal overlooking the harbour. To the Sydney Film Festival closing night crowd at the State Theatre a few hours later,
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Alps wins Sydney Film Festival’s top prize as Killing Anna wins best Australian documentary

A Greek drama has won Sydney Film Festival’s top prize, beating out eleven other films including two Australian productions, as a film about a director’s method for dealing with a relationship break-up won him best Australian documentary.

Alps, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, and co-written by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, has won the Sff Official Competition prize, worth $60,000.

Two Australian films were in the running; Dead Europe directed by Tony Krawitz, and Lore directed by Cate Shortland.

Rachel Ward, the festival’s jury chair said: “Following a secret club whose members are paid to act as replacements for the recently deceased, Alps melds pathos, black humour and taut menace in a film that is at once challenging and highly rewarding. A finely calibrated, absurdist study of power and identity, Alps is intelligent, uniquely emotive filmmaking from an important new voice in Greek cinema.”

Lanthimos said from Greece: “”I never
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Shorter is Better at the Cfc Worldwide Short Film Festival

The 2012 Cfc Worldwide Short Film Festival (Wsff) has come to a close, and with the fest's Closing Awards Picnic, held on June 10th, two short films are now one step closer to receiving an Oscar nomination. As one of only four Canadian festivals accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists, winners of the Toronto-based festival's Best Live-Action Short and Best Animated Short Awards—Aly Muritiba's The Factory (A Fábrica) and Christopher Kezelos' The Maker, respectively—are now in the running for an Oscar nod.

Five Aussie films to get world premieres at Sydney Film Festival

Two Australian films will feature in competition at the Sydney Film Festival, while five local features will get their world premieres.

Dead Europe, directed by Tony Krawitz, and Lore directed by Cate Shortland will compete In Competition, which carries a $60,000 prize.

For both films the festival will be their world premiere, along with other local features Not Suitable For Children, Mabo and Being Venice.

Krawitz’s Dead Europe is written by Louise Fox, adapted from a Christos Tsiolkas novel of the same name. It is produced by Liz Watts of Porchlight Films and Oscar-winner Emile Sherman of See Saw Films. The film is about an Australian photographer who visits his ancestral homeland of Greece after his father’s death. It will be Dead Europe’s world premiere.

Also in competition is Lore, Cate Shortland’s first film since debut Somersault. Again produced by Liz Watts, the film is an adaptation
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Shortland and Krawitz both have films in competition in Sydney

Cate Shortland and Tony Krawitz, who are married to each other, both have films among the 12 titles in competition at next month.s Sydney Film Festival.

Lore, a drama set during World War II and based on the novel The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert, is Shortland.s feature film follow-up to Somersault, while Dead Europe, also set in Europe but a contemporary story adapted from a novel by Christos Tsiolkas, is Krawitz.s first dramatic feature film after his acclaimed short Jewboy and the recent documentary The Tall Man. Tsiolkas also wrote The Slap, on which the acclaimed television series was based.

The other debuts in the competition line-up include Korean filmmaker Yuen Sang-Ho.s The King Of Pigs, Us director Benh Zeitlin.s Beasts of the Southern Wild and Brazilian Kleber Mendonca Filho.s Neighbouring Sounds.

The veterans in the program include Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, with their
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SXSW Announces Award Winners: 'Gimme The Loot,' 'Beware Of Mr. Baker'

SXSW Announces Award Winners: 'Gimme The Loot,' 'Beware Of Mr. Baker'
With the film portion of the South By Southwest Film Festival slowly winding down -- and with those crazy music-only people seemingly turning Austin into a deleted scene from "Southland Tales" -- what better time to give out some festival awards! SXSW did just that on Tuesday night, honoring the graffiti drama "Gimme the Loot" and the rock documentary "Beware of Mr. Baker," about Cream drummer Ginger Baker. Fun! Other winners included Richard Linklater's "Bernie" and even "X-Men: First Class"? Sure thing.

Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal and Festival Favorites Audience Awards will be announced separately Saturday, but for now, check out these SXSW winners.

Feature Film Jury Awards

Documentary Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: "Beware of Mr. Baker"

Director: Jay Bulger

Narrative Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: "Gimme The Loot"

Director: Adam Leon

Special Jury Recognition for Performance:

Jamie Chung - "Eden
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SXSW 2012: 'Gimme The Loot,' 'Beware Of Mr. Baker' Take Top Honors

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With the film portion of the South By Southwest Film Festival slowly winding down -- and with those crazy music-only people seemingly turning Austin into a deleted scene from "Southland Tales" -- what better time to give out some festival awards! SXSW did just that on Tuesday night, honoring the graffiti drama "Gimme the Loot" and the rock documentary "Beware of Mr. Baker," about Cream drummer Ginger Baker. Fun! Other winners included Richard Linklater's "Bernie" and even "X-Men: First Class"? Sure thing. Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal and Festival Favorites Audience Awards will be announced separately Saturday, but for now, check out these SXSW winners. Feature Film Jury Awards Documentary Feature Competition Grand Jury Winner: "Beware of Mr. Baker" Director: Jay Bulger Narrative Feature Competition Grand Jury Winner: "Gimme The Loot" Director: Adam Leon Special Jury Recognition for Performance: Jamie Chung - "Eden
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Iron Sky, The Hunter, Scarlet Road, Perished and Bear at SXSW Festival 2012

A sci-fi comedy about Nazis returning from the moon, a drama following a Tassie Tiger hunt and a doco about an Australian sex worker make up some of the Australian projects screening at the upcoming SXSW Festival in the Us.

Feature films, docos and shorts have been announced for the prestigious festival held in Austin, Texas in March. This follows the news that six local digital projects were chosen to battle it out at the festival's Awards on March 13.

Psychological drama The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe, will have its Us premiere at the festival in the .headliners. section. The film, which grossed more than $1 million at the local box office, was picked up for Us distribution from Magnolia Pictures after a positive screening at Toronto in September last year. The distributor is planning on a release through its Ultra-vod program, which allows cable subscribers to watch the film for about
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Mouthful, Tumbleweed! At SXSW

Robert G. Putka‘s Mouthful and Jared Varava‘s Tumbleweed! are two short films that have been selected to screen at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, which will run in Austin, TX on March 9-17.

Mouthful is Putka’s second short film, a verbally raunchy comedy starring Eilis Cahill and Conor Casey as a young couple whose relationship becomes strained thanks to an overly frank discussion about their sexual histories. The film was recently reviewed on Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film saying “one shouldn’t assume too much how the premise of a young man and woman discussing [male] anatomy will play out.”

Putka has also mounted an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund his filmmaking team’s trip to SXSW and for marketing material, such as posters, T-shirts, press kits and such. If you want to help out, please visit the Mouthful IndieGoGo page.

Tumbleweed! is the latest collaboration between
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Watch The Incredible Stop Motion Animated Short ‘Zero’

When it comes to the world of stop-motion animation, most cinephiles are familiar with Nick Park and Henry Selick but now its time to add a new name to the list. In 1996, Christopher Kezelos graduated from Sydney University’s ‘Sydney College of the Arts’, majoring in film production. For more than a decade he has worked as a writer, producer, director and editor on ads, viral videos and short films.

More importantly he has directed several shorts that have been highly successful on the festival circuit including DentaMate and his multi-award winning short film No Butts About It. His animated stop motion short film called Zero won ‘Best Animation’ from La Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and has been the recipient of two ‘Gold’ awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society and received the award for ‘Best Achievement in Sound’ from the Flickerfest International Film Festival. It
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Stop-Motion Animation At Its Best: Check out the Trailer for Christopher Kezelos’s ‘The Maker’

When it comes to the world of stop-motion animation, most cinephiles are familiar with Nick Park and Henry Selick but now its time to add a new name to the list. In 1996, Christopher Kezelos graduated from Sydney University’s ‘Sydney College of the Arts’, majoring in film production. For more than a decade he has worked as a writer, producer, director and editor on ads, viral videos and short films.

More importantly he has directed several shorts that have been highly successful on the festival circuit including DentaMate and his multi-award winning short film No Butts About It. His animated a stop motion short film called Zero won ‘Best Animation’ from La Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, been the recipient of two ‘Gold’ awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society and received the award for ‘Best Achievement in Sound’ from the Flickerfest International Film Festival. It has
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Watch The Trailer For Christopher Kezelos' Stop-Motion Gem The Maker

Arguably more than any other, stop-motion animation is an art that is all about craft. In the right hands it's a marvelously tactile experience in which worlds are literally created right before our eyes. Stop-motion has a very particular magic to it, which is why even in the face of CGI animation - which has gutted the traditional hand drawn animation world - it is never likely to go away. Not entirely. As long as there are Nick Park's and Henry Selick's in the world stop-motion will continue in the mainstream and there is a continuous trickle of new talent bubbling up in the world of short films and experimental work. Add Christopher Kezelos to that list of new talent.Kezelos is just now wrapping...
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Animal Kingdom To Rack Up Awards (...In Australia)

Remember that one year (2001) when the list-happy AFI (American Film Institute) decided to compete with the Globes and the Oscars in year end prizes? No, that didn't last long. But there's another AFI, The Australian Film Institute, that has been around for a long time and is in no such danger of being a one-off. This year, they're all about the amazing family crime drama Animal Kingdom which they awarded with a record breaking 18 nominations. Sure, the film is in danger of being way overhyped for people who are coming to it late (which is just about everyone given the sorry state of international distribution for dramas of virtually any kind) but for those who can slough off the "omg" raves, I guarantee you'll think it at least an insinuating and well executed crime drama.

AFI Favorites with multiple nominations

Its main competition for the coveted prizes, if you go by nomination counts,
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