Over the coming days New Machine will publish its list of notable directors to watch with short films screening in competition at the 2017 Palm Springs International Shortsfest, which runs from June 20-June 26.
Due to its proximity to the established Los Angeles entertainment industry the event is known for discovering new talent as well as providing a platform for well-known filmmakers such as Robin Wright and Ian McKellen to reconnect with the shorts format. In the seemingly oppressive desert heat, agents from CAA, UTA et al mix with film journalists and producers in the multiday search for breakthrough stars both in front of and behind the camera.
Our directors to watch list of names will be published as individual articles in our screensparks section as well as via our social sites on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow us there to get the names as they are published!
Marie Dvořáková – Who’s Who in Mycology
Who’s Who in Mycology is directed by New York-based Czech Marie Dvořáková and screens on June 22.
Marie’s short is about a young trombone player who spends an adventurous night trying to open an impossible bottle of wine. An unconscious girl, a crooked bookcase and some mold get in his way. Marie’s short comedy tells the story using the elements of silent comedy through visual movement that is reminiscent of Chaplin as well as touches of irrational and surreal humor, along the lines of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
Marie is a graduate of Prague Film School, FAMU. She pursued her Master’s Degree in Film Directing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She is the recipient of the 16th Annual Student Filmmaker Award by the Director’s Guild of America and the 2011 Spike Lee Production Fund Award recipient. She has earned additional grants from the Sloan Film Production as well as the Jerome Foundation. Her work was shortlisted at the AICP Show in New York and at the Cannes 2010 Young Directors Award Show. Other career accolades include the World Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Advertising Awards in Shanghai, as well as 1st Prize at the 2010 Porsche Awards in Germany. Marie currently serves as the director of programming at the Czech Center New York.
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