1. Ritesh Batra's award winning Arabic language short Café Regular, Cairo has screened at over 40 international film festivals and won 12 awards including the FIPRESCI Critics Prize at the International Film Festival of Oberhausen and Special Mentions at Tribeca Intl Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival. It was bought by Arte for French and German television. His debut feature 'Lunchbox' will premiere at the International Critics Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

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  2. A short film written and directed by Eliot Rausch, presented by the Lincoln Motor Company as part of the “Hello, Again” series, which asks filmmakers to reimagine the familiar into something fresh and new. Rausch found himself increasingly distracted by his phone, his email, and his need to be in touch, and realized that he was losing sense of what he was actually connected to. He made this film to explore the way humans connect in an era when they are more "connected" than ever.

    Watch the "Get Back" behind-the-scenes film: Hello Again

    More at Hello Again

    Writer / Director / Editor: Eliot Rausch

    Producer: Todd Dana

    DOP: Eric Koretz

    Assistant Camera: Will Mayer

    Gaffer: Edward Salerno

    Becca Buckalew: as herself

    Scott Pezzini: as himself

    Additional Cast: Jordan Henricks, Brittany Henricks, Carter Dickson, and Tatum Lee

    Special Thanks: Debby Dana, Preston and Melissa Lee

    Composer: Adam Taylor

    Location Scout: Jeff McSpadden

    Production Company: RauschFilms

    Produced by The Lincoln Motor Company

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  3. If you like the film, please consider supporting my work by purchasing a full HD copy from my website: http://www.astigmatismo-shortfilm.com

    Watch the Making Of video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RX5Csypuj8

    "Astigmatismo"

    An animation short film by Nicolai Troshinsky

    Music by Shogun Kunitoki
    Sound design by Pierre Sauze
    Character design by Gina Thorstensen
    Background design by Cecilia Ramieri

    Experimental animation Award – Animatou
    Best Visuals – Animated Dreams
    Best Debut Film - Primanima
    Best technique – Animage
    Most innovative animation – Giraf
    Special Prize – Hiroshima Animation Festival
    Special jury prize – Krok Animation Festival
    Special jury prize – Malaga Spanish Film Festival
    Special mention – Zagreb Animafest
    Special mention - Cinanima
    Special mention – Fantoche
    Special mention – Interfilm Berlin
    Special mention – Balkanima
    Special mention – Bradford Animation Festival
    Special mention – Supertoon
    Special mention – Animasivo
    Audience Award – Rush Process

    Official selections:

    2013:

    Annecy, Fest Anca, Encounters, London International Animation Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Chilemonos, Linoleum, Anibar, Animation Bloc Party, DOK Leipzig, Fantoche, Milano Film Festival, Message to Man, AnimEst, Animanima, Belo Horizonte, Animatou, SoDak Animation, La Guarimba, Uppsala International Film Festival, CutOut Fest, Cinanima, Bradford Animation Festival, Animage, Filma Oviedo, Sitges, Balkanima, Bankaluka Anima, Giraf, Primanima, L´Alternativa, Alcine, Tindirindis, Fida, Interfilm Berlin, Golden Orchid, Sommets du Cinema d'Animation, Animateka, 3D Wire, Etiuda & Anima, Anilogue, ReAnimania,

    2014:

    Sundance Film Festival, Anima, Ciné-court animé, Rotterdam Film Festival, Monstra, Animex, Animated Exeter, Offscreen, Creatrivas, Flatpack Film Festival, International Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart, Dallas International Film Festival, Filmfest Dresden, Festival de Cine de Málaga, Nashville Film Festival, Future Film Festival, Animafest Zagreb, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Athens Animfest, Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, L´Inconnu Festival, Animayo, Northwest Animation Festival, Leiden International Short Film Experience, Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba Int’l Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Seattle International Film Festival, Bang Awards, LA Film Fest, Southside Film Festival, CinemaJove, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, New Horizons International Film Festival, Animasivo, Supertoon, Concorto, Krok, Chicago International Film Festival, Tallgrass film festival, Philadelphia Film Festival, Animated Dreams

    "A boy, having lost his glasses, can only see one thing in focus at a time. His sight gets attracted by the sounds that surround him. He will have to explore a blurry world of unknown places and strange characters."

    “Astigmatismo” is a short-film about the feeling of being lost. This feeling is created thanks to an extreme blur effect, leaving only a very tiny space in focus. The focus shifts and moves rhythmically, synchronized with the sounds and the music, revealing a constantly changing landscape.

    The optical effect of blur is at the core of the film, so to make this effect as beautiful and authentic as possible "Astigmatismo" is shot in a 5-level multiplane using a special lens. The animation involves cut-out marionettes and paint on glass. Everything is entirely made by hand and there are no post production effects.

    It is, however, computer-assisted. The camera and the lens were entirely controlled by computer making it possible to adjust the focus and the depth of field with extreme precision, allowing for a variety of focus effects that wouldn't have been possible to create otherwise. In this way, the film combines old school animation techniques with recent advances in camera technology.

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  4. Plato likens the human soul with a cage, where knowledge is birds flying. We’re born with the cage empty and, as we grow, we collect birds and they go in the cage for future use. When we need to access knowledge we put our hand in the cage, hunt for a bird – and sometimes catch the wrong one.

    Ornithology uses the term “Zugunruhe” to describe the turbulent behavior of birds before they migrate, whether free or caged.

    These two images, birds inhabiting the human soul and the distress of the migrating bird became the starting points for this film, commissioned on the theme of Emigration.

    A flock of birds circles around and moves a cage vehicle, seeking escape from a city half finished and abandoned, with roads interrupted by fragments of fallen statues. Those hands are simultaneously the pursuit of knowledge and also the heroes/leaders of the past that we have rejected but are still haunting us.

    In a time when Europe seems to be imploding, this is my portrait of Athens.

    Awards:

    The Lumen Prize 2013 lumenprize.com
    Best Animation, London Greek Film Festival, UK 2013
    Special Mention for a Greek Film, Animasyros Festival, Greece 2013
    Nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award, SoundTrack_Cologne, Germany 2013

    Screenings:

    Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, November 2013

    Underwire Festival, London, November 2013

    KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, Holland, November 2013

    Shnit International Short film festival, Switzerland, October 2013

    Belo Horizonte International Film Festival, Brazil, September 2013

    Animasyros Festival, Greece, September 2013

    The Queen of Hungary, Landscape: Dislocation /Space / Place, UK, Spring 2013.

    Femina Film Festival, Brazil, July 2013

    Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, June 2013

    Hong Kong Art Fair, Animation Club Screening, May 2013

    MAshRome Film Fest, Rome, May 2013

    60th Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, Serbia, April 2013

    Skepto International Film Festival, Sardinia, April 2013

    Holland Animation Festival, Utrecht, March 2013

    Flatpack Festival, Birmingham Museum & Gallery, UK, March 2013

    Visual Dialogues (Installation), Plato's Academy Park, December 2012 - February 2013

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  5. Congratulations to James W Griffiths for his BAFTA award for Short Film for Room 8.

    Room 8 is one of five films based on the same script that formed part of Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series 2012.

    The Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series seeks to spark the imagination. We asked Oscar winning writer Geoffrey Fletcher, to write a short script stripped of any stage direction. The five most imaginative film entries were picked, produced and premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2013.

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