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Seattle's best

The Seattle International Film Festival has been named a qualifying festival for short films looking to establish eligibility for Oscar consideration. The fest also picked up two awards at last week's 2008 International Film Festival Summit in Las Vegas: the Image Award, won by its poster, and the Livre d'Or Award, for its program booklet.

CineAsia wraps

3-D technology dominated the second CineAsia trade show and convention, which has concluded its three-day run in Macau. Attendance at the confab dropped about 15% this year, said organizer Bob Sunshine, executive director of Nielsen Business Media Film Group. The number of booths also shrank from 2007, owing mainly to the tightened purse strings of U.S. companies.

Sundance searches

The Sundance Institute is soliciting submissions for its 2009 Sundance Creative Producing Initiative, a fellowship program for emerging American independent producers. The year-long program includes a five-day creative producing lab, as well as attendance and industry meetings at the Sundance Film Festival and at the Sundance Institute's Independent Producers Conference.

'Skateland' rolls

Anthony Burns' "Skateland," produced by Freeman Film and Reversal Films, a coming-of-age-drama set in the 1980s, has completed principal photography in Shreveport, La. The film's ensemble cast includes Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Melinda McGraw and Taylor Handley.
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