Shorts International Ltd. is the most successful company for short films with the biggest and richest catalogue. More than half of the films in the catalogue are nominated for an Academy Award or have received awards at international festivals such as those in Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand and Sundance.
Shorts International runs ShortsHD™, the first American high definition TV channel for short films, part of Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse, as well as ShortsTV™ Great Britain, part of BSkyB, ShortsTV™ France, part of Numericable, and ShortsTV™ Turkey through TTNET. Shorts International delivers short films to iTunes Stores in USA, Great Britain, France, Ireland, Germany and Canada. The company’s executive manager is Carter Pilcher, its headquarters are in London, England, and it has offices also in Paris, New York and Los Angeles.
Linda Olszewski joined Shorts International in January 2006 and her task is to acquire feature films and animations nominated for an Academy Award and to organize their distribution for iTunes, also for cinema and DVD in collaboration with Magnolia Pictures, and their international television distribution in collaboration with world television partners.
Linda heads the department for world acquisitions, chooses and coordinates short films for iTunes and selects films for SHORTS TV, other televisions, and new media and clients like airlines.
Linda has contributed to Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film by Sharon Badal (published by Focal Press), as well as to The Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook by Chris Jones. She devotes a big part of her time to visiting international festivals where she looks for treasures in every genre and participates in juries and discussions. Linda has a master’s degree in cinema. She is one of the creators and director of the film festival for short films DreamWorks Short Film Festival, member of the team of Hanna-Barbera for the development of WHAT A CARTOON!, world acquisitions manager at EVEO, short films manager at THE HATCHERY, senior programmer of the festival of short films Palm Springs Short Film Festival and participates in the selection of international titles for the Sundance Film Festival. Linda has worked as an assistant editor and associate producer on films like Shrek, The Road to El Dorado, The Prince of Egypt, Reality Bites and The Life of David Gale. She has worked as a photographer and cinematographer of documentaries shot in Afghanistan and Mexico and is the author of the screenplay UNTIL THE DAY’S END, inspired by her experiences in Afghanistan. Currently she works on a book which will present her photographs and knowledge about the international festival network and the world of short films as a whole.
For more information visit www.shortsinternational.com and www.shortstv.com