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The fest, which runs from April 18-29, has scheduled a program of 60 short films from 25 countries that includes 26 world premieres.
The 2012 slate will be presented in nine thematic programs (five narrative, three documentary and one experimental). Performers and interview subjects in the films include Jamie Lee Curtis, Rachel Dratch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Fassbender, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachael Harris, Hugh Masekela, Sting and Lily Tomlin.
In addition to LaBute, returning directors include Julia Bacha, Matthew Bonifacio, Shawn Christensen, David Darg, Sasha-Waters Freyer, Martin Laporte, David B. Levy, Charles Lim, Bryn Mooser, Jay Rosenblatt, and Joel Schlemowitz.
“We’re thrilled to have so many international short films in this year’s selections, particularly from countries whose work may be new to our filmgoers,” Sharon Badal, TFF head of shorts programming said.
Works selected for the 2012 TFF shorts slate are eligible to compete for combined cash and value-in-kind prizes totaling more than $10,000 for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Student Visionary Award.And, for the second year running, the recipient of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the short films category of the Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy’s other rules.