Tribeca Shorts Take a Hard Look at Death, NYC and History

Shorts programs include The End Is Near, Unlmited Ride and History Lessons

The Tribeca Film Festival's selection of shorts features programs about the Big Apple and history, as well as films about Wilt Chamberlain's time in the Adirondacks and one man's recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

This year's shorts will be run in eight categories: "Character Witness" will take an intimate look at fascinating lives; "Deadbolt" features robots, vampires, and werewolves; "The End Is Near" examines our fascination with death on a personal and global scale; "Let There Be Light: The Cycles of Life" offers a selection of experimental artists with unique perspectives on light; "Unlimited Ride" is a cinematic tour of New York City; "Worst Day Ever" presents people who will likely make you feel better about your own day; "History Lessons" looks at back at disparate slices of America's past; "Skin Deep" delves into our relationships with our bodies; and there there will be a special screening of "The Battler of amfAR," about Dr. Mathilde Krim and Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor joining forces to combat AIDS. The film will be followed by a talk about the state of AIDS research, to be moderated by Kenneth Cole, and featuring Dr. Krim, Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter-in-law Aileen Getty, activist Regan Hofmann and amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost.

Winners of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short award and Best Documentary Short award will automatically be eligible in the Short Films category at next year's Academy Awards, without the typical qualifying theatrical run, as long as the film otherwise meets the Academy's other requirements.

Two TTF 2012 alumnae, Narrative Short Winner "Asad" and "Curfew," were both nominated for best Live Action Short at this year’s Oscars, with "Curfew" winning the big prize. In addition to a shot at the Oscars, films in these categories will be vying for combined cash and value-in-kind prizes totaling more than $10,000.

This year's slate of 60 shorts comes from 19 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Finland, France, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Palestine, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom, and were culled from more than 2,870 submissions. A record 30 shorts will be making their world premiere at Tribeca.

“It’s wonderful to be able to introduce so many new films  to an audience for the very first time,” said Sharon Badal, TFF director of Short Film Programming and Initiatives. “These short programs run quite the emotional gamut and we look forward to surprising our moviegoers with some very unique stories this year.”

For the complete list of short films, visit Tribeca Film Festival's website.

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