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El Día más Corto [ED+C] / The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration

El Dia mas Corto

The Shortest Day, an annual one-day celebration of short films, will take place in Spain for the first time on December 21, 2013. The initiative was born in France in 2011.

Llega a España El Día más Corto [ED+C], una celebración anual del cortometraje que tiene lugar en el día más corto del año, el solsticio de invierno. La iniciativa nació en Francia en 2011 con el objetivo de promocionar este género cinematográfico. En 2012 y 2013 se han sumado una larga lista de países. En España, el evento llega de la mano de la Coordinadora del Cortometraje Español y cuenta con el apoyo del ICAA, el Instituto Cervantes, RTVE, Canal+, el NOTODOFILMFEST, FILMIN, la red de Filmotecas nacional y regionales y los principales festivales de cortometrajes.

El próximo 21 de diciembre, instituciones, centros culturales, centros de ocio y cineclubs de toda España proyectarán cortometrajes durante todo el día. La lista de eventos confirmados puede consultarse AQUI.


The Eagleman Stag (short film)

I’ve just seen The Eagleman Stag, a mesmerising stop-motion short film about the subjective perception of the passing of time. The film was directed by Michael Please and has won numerous awards. Beautifully crafted in polystyrene foam, the film as a unique look and provides food for thought.

I hope you enjoy this film as much as I have.


A peek behind the scenes:


The Parable of the Tuileries or Why the Economy of Culture Has Its Own Rules

In the present economic climate, the cultural sector is under greater pressure than ever to justify its existence in terms of economic profitability. I’ve just seen an instructive and delightful animated short film, La parabole des Tuileries ou pourquoi l’économie de la culture a ses propres règles (The Parable of the Tuileries or Why the Economy of Culture Has Its Own Rules) that was posted a while back on Le Monde‘s website. The film illustrates three economic principles (Positive Externality, Marginal Utility and the Multiplier Effect) to justify subsidization of cultural goods and services. It’s well worth a watch:

You can watch the original French version HERE.


More additions to “The Equestrian” team

Multi-award winning fashion designer and saddler Mary Wing To and assistant set decorator Lisa Meller join the team. More info HERE.


Judy Farr joins “The Equestrian” team

Judy Farr (Oscar & Bafta nominated set decorator) joins the team! More info HERE.


“The Equestrian” on Facebook and Twitter

“The Equestrian”, the new short film I am producing, has a Facebook Fan Page. Check it out!!! You can also find us on Twitter @equestrianfilm.


Pre-production of “The Equestrian”

Starting the pre-production of “The Equestrian”, a short film directed by Sybil H.Mair. More info and link to the film website soon.


“Pasticcio” in America

Pasticcio will be screened among other Masterclass films at the Goethe-Institutes in Toronto, Boston and NY.

ACROSS BORDERS. The Atelier Ludwigsburg – Paris

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University,
24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
8:00 pm
IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue (W. 3rd Street)
New York, NY 10014
$13 adults, $9 seniors, and $5 for students with a valid ID (student discount available only in person at box office).
+1 (212) 924-7771
13-14 December, 2010
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto, ON
with English subtitles
Admission free
+1 416 5935257-205

ATELIER LUDWIGSBURG PARIS is a unique one-year post-graduate program with a highly European flavor. Every year 18 students from across Europe have an opportunity to acquire the production and distribution skills needed to work in this field in a national and above all in an international context. The whole structure and approach of this compact course is highly innovative. The students gain in-depth knowledge and focus on hands-on projects in the intensive full-time training modules at top film schools in the partner countries: the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg, La Fémis in Paris and the NFTS in London. Participants also attend three important film festivals: Angers, Berlin and Cannes. This also offers an opportunity to develop contacts amongst industry professionals, as does the program’s alumni network, “Atelier Network” The students are trained by some of the top European professionals in the various fields covered by the ATELIER. At the end of the program, participants produce 8 ½-minute short films in conjunction with ARTE. Participants from at least three different countries are involved in the organisational and artistic development of each film.
The ATELIER has a two-pronged impact on European cinematic production: it promotes young producers, whilst also fostering the creative talents of the young directors with whom they work. The program is a real success story: alumni from the course are part of Europe’s cultural elite and their work appears regularly in the Berlinale Competition and at the Venice Film Festival. It is a wonderful example of an imaginative educational and cultural scheme, the brainchild of fruitful cooperation between German and French producers and film schools.

BOSTON: ACROSS BORDERS: Education and Independent Filmmaking
Films and panel discussion on Film Education in Europe and the US.

On the panel from Europe: Jan Schütte (DFFB, Berlin), Falk Nagel (executive producer Takva and graduate of Atelier Ludwigsburg – Paris), Christophe Bruncher (producer L’Intouchable and graduate of Atelier Ludwigsburg – Paris)
On the panel from Boston:
John Bernstein (BU), Charles Merzbacher (BU), Kurt Fendt (MIT), Eric Schaefer (Emerson College)
Moderator: Eric Rentschler (Harvard University)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Panel Discussion “Film Education in the US and Europe”
7:05 – 7:40 pm: Kurzfilme 1 (short films, program 1)
7:40 – 9:20 pm: Takva
Reception to follow

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

6:30 – 7:05 pm: Kurzfilme 2 (short films, program 2)
7:05 – 7:20 pm: Discussion of short films
7:20 – 8:30 pm: L’Intouchable
8.30 – 9.00 pm: Discussion of feature films

This program is made possible by the Goethe-Institut Boston, the Cultural Services of the French Consulate Boston and Atelier Ludwigsburg Paris and is supported by the Elysée Treaty Fund for Franco-German Cultural Events in Third Countries.

More info:




New screening of “Pasticcio”

Pasticcio will be screened tonight on SWR (German television), 23h    ;-)


Stop frame animated video using Google Street View

Check out this cool video:

GOOGLE STREET VIEW from Sehsucht™ on Vimeo.