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Paste Announces Call for Entries for New Shorts Fest

ATLANTA, GA, 03/03/2005, Paste Magazine is excited to announce that it has issued a call for entries for the just-launched Paste Shorts Festival. Short films will be selected for screening at a fall music and film festival, for placement on the magazine’s DVD sampler accompanying its year-end Film Issue and for a forthcoming retail DVD of short films.

Submission details are online at Submissions are now being accepted, with a final submission deadline of August 1, 2005.

“Established and upcoming directors are producing short films that, in many instances, surpass some of the best feature films out there,” says Paste film editor and festival director Tim Porter. “Yet, short films continue to receive criminally low exposure. Our hope is that our samplers, combined with a festival and retail compilation, can contribute to raising the profile of these great works and artists.”

Publisher Nick Purdy notes, “With the DVD sampler reaching the magazine’s rapidly growing readership, these works will be exposed to more people than at even the largest international film festivals. It’s an ideal way for directors, musicians, labels, studios and others to have their work recognized in an increasingly crowded marketplace.”

Presented by New Line Home Entertainment, the magazine’s latest DVD features theatrical and film trailers, music videos and short films including clips from the Extended Edition of “Return of the King”; an outtake from “Festival Express”; The Yes Men’s “The Horribly Stupid Stunt” short film, and clips and trailers from “Elf,” Oscar-nominee “Story of the Weeping Camel,” “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “The Rapture,” “Watermarks,” “The Academy Collection” (“The Weather Underground,” “Sound and Fury,” “Dancemaker”), “My Flesh and Blood,” “Blue Vinyl,” “In the Realms of the Unreal,” “Sprout,” “I Have Found It,” and Adult Swim favorite “Home Movies.”

The independently owned publication has grown rapidly by pleasing an audience hungry for music and films with depth and substance. The DVDs and festival are just the latest projects from the leading-edge magazine. Purdy and Editor Josh Jackson are weekly guest commentators on CNN Headline News, where they offer their Paste Picks of new CD releases. The magazine has also launched a retail listening station and an online radio station.

For more information on Paste and its new DVD sampler, contact Nick Purdy at 404.378.8677 or or visit


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