Slamdance unveils shorts

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Boasting such titles as "Dr. Terror's House of Pancakes" and "A Killer on I-475," the always irreverent Slamdance Film Festival announced its lineup of 73 shorts, selected from more than 2,150 submissions from 20 countries. Organizers noted a sharp rise in Spanish-language entries this year.

Slamdance has six shorts categories, including Competition Shorts Before Features, Documentary Shorts Competition and the Animation Competition. The Competition Shorts Gallery features six one-hour short-film programs.

The wild-card categories are the Anarchy Online Finalists and $99 Specials. Anarchy, as its name implies, accepts online submissions for all types of films, with online voters choosing a monthly winner from March-November. Finalists compete for several prizes, including the Sparky Award. In the latter category, Slamdance gives its filmmakers $99 and 99 days to shoot a film that is five minutes or shorter.

This year's Competition Shorts Before Features include "The Saddest Boy in the World," "The Listening Dead" and "The Mallorys Go Black Market." The Competition Shorts Gallery will feature "A Hooker & a Dirt Road End," "The Cow Thief" and "Dentist Visit."

Docus in competition include "Man Up" (an honoree at this year's Hamptons International Film Festival), "Song of Haenyo" and "Monsieur Borges and I." Some of the more attention-grabbing animated titles are "Close Your Eyes and Do Not Breathe," "Cranium Theater" and "Oneheadword Protection."

Anarchy is alive among nine competing shorts, including "Bump, Tick, Scratch," "The Ramones and I" and "Commode Creations: The Artwork of Barney Smith." The four $99 Specials are "The Instrumentalist," "Midlife With Glasses," "Processing" and "The Sins of the Nude."

The 13th annual Slamdance Film Festival runs Jan.18-27.
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