Showcase Now Will Include Minority Talent Across All Genres; Call for Entries Effective April 21-August 21, 2009
Premiere Showcase for Multi-cultural Short Film Talent to Be Held in Los Angeles in Fall 2009
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 24, 2009 - Furthering its commitment to diversity and inclusion, NBC Universal has expanded its ongoing short film showcase -- the fourth-annual Short Cuts Film Festival -- to now feature minority talent and filmmakers across all film genres. The shift from a comedy focus that will also include drama, horror and sci-fi demonstrates the studio's dedicated interest in identifying culturally diverse filmmakers, actors and content producers.
The deadline for submissions is August 21, 2009.
The winning participants will be granted an NBC Universal Talent Holding deal for the Best Actor, an NBC Universal pilot script deal and executive meetings for the Best Filmmaker -- along with a special international directing assignment from the SCI FI Channel.
Semi-final films will be screened before an industry audience in conjunction with the New York Television Festival in September 2009. Finalists then will proceed to Los Angeles in October 2009 for an exclusive industry screening.
"NBC Universal continues to push boundaries as a leading showcase for multi-cultural expression, both in the growth of our submission categories and in the enhanced quality of our awards structure," said Kendra Carter, Director of Talent Diversity Initiatives, NBC Universal. "Our constant goal is to discover, develop and present cutting-edge work from a diverse perspective to our colleagues within the NBC Universal family and the entertainment industry at large."
In 2008, "Strange Faculty," by creator/producers Marty Johnson, Will Luera and Mark Odlum shared Best Film honors with writer/director Rafael Del Toro's "6ft. in 7min." "Strange Faculty" follows three deeply flawed teachers who receive superpowers when they're struck by lightning during a carpool. "6ft. in 7min" is a dark comedy about an East Indian guy who, thanks to his parents' traditional ways, has never had a normal childhood. Del Toro was also honored as Best Director, while Jose Compre was feted as Best Actor for his performance in finalist film "Little Bones."
NBC Universal's Short Cuts Film Festival was founded with actor/writer/comedian Wil Sylvince in 2005, to display and celebrate diversity in the entertainment industry. The objective is to allow creative individuals from every community the opportunity to present their material in front of key decision makers in the industry. When Sylvince is not working on the Short Cuts Film Festival, he performs on the national comedy circuit, on college campuses and in festivals worldwide.