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Extra: “American Idol” heads to NZ; Tribeca announces Short Films slate

Media Works brings American Idol to New Zealand Media Works-owned channel Three is bringing the reboot of American Idol (pictured) to New Zealand audiences. The American version of American Idol season 16 is hosted by ...
March 14, 2018

Media Works brings American Idol to New Zealand

Media Works-owned channel Three is bringing the reboot of American Idol (pictured) to New Zealand audiences.

The American version of American Idol season 16 is hosted by series veteran Ryan Seacrest. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan serve as the talent judges.

American Idol first bowed in 2002 and has been on hiatus since 2016 when Trent Harmon was crowned the winner.

Season 16 of American Idol premieres on April 3 and will run Tuesday and Wednesday evenings on Three beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Hot Docs, Samsung team on six docs to celebrate 25th anniversary

Canadian documentary festival Hot Docs has teamed with Samsung Canada to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary by commissioning six short documentaries.

The program, ‘Big Steps’, includes three films that will be created by established Canadian doc filmmakers and three by YouTube content creators. The films, which will be about a significant moment in the director’s life, will be shot on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9+.

Filmmakers participating in this project include Charles Officer, whose film Unarmed Verses won Best Canadian Feature Awards at Hot Docs; Yung Chang, director of the Genie Award-winning Up the Yangtze and China Heavyweight; and Nimisha Mukerji, director of 65 Redroses and Tempest Storm.

The YouTube content creators taking part in this initiative will be Emile Roy, who directed and starred in a web series as well as many short films; Sabrina Cruz, the creator of the YouTube channel NerdyAndQuirky; and Corey Vidal, founder of Buffer Festival, a Toronto-based theatrical event where YouTube creators premiere new content.

The six films will be shown at two free screenings at the Samsung Experience Store in the Toronto Eaton Centre. Three will bow on March 23 and the remaining three on April 27.

The films will screen in rotation during pre-show presentations at the Hot Docs Festival, which runs from April 26-May 6 in Toronto.

Tribeca Film Festival announces Short Film lineup 

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its 2018 Short Film slate.

The lineup includes 55 diverse short films in competition, including 29 world premieres.

The short films will be presented in 10 competition programs, which consist of five narrative, three documentary, one animation and one hybrid program.

The program will also include special screenings and the 12th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

The selected shorts include both international – 45%, with 22 countries represented – and U.S. filmmakers that were curated from a record 4,754 submissions.

Of the films selected, 40% have been directed by women.

The New York shorts program returns this year with Homemade, a section that spotlights world premiere documentaries directed by New York-based filmmakers.

The Shorts Film program runs throughout the Festival, April 18-29 in New York City.

For a full listing of all the films, click here.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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