Directors Share Spotlight in Second Annual No Spot Short Film Festival

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Deb Hagan's "Pee Shy"
On Tuesday night of Advertising Week in New York, industry professionals turned out in force for Creativity Magazine's No Spot Short Film Festival at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Celebrating the storytelling and filmmaking talent in the ad industry outside of the spot framework, No Spot featured a screening of 10 short films, including a selection of brand-sponsored shorts. From the 150 entries received, a panel of judges assembled from agencies, production companies and the entertainment community chose eight finalists to be screened at the festival. Director Deb Hagan's crowd-pleasing "Pee Shy" took home Best Overall Film honors. Best editing went to Nick Lofting for the Happy-directed "Jane Lloyd;" Hungry Man's David Shane was cited as Best Director for his work on the Dell short, "Clay's Talent;" and "Paper Route," directed by Benjamin Weinstein, was chosen as best Brand Sponsored Film. The event also featured screenings of Stephane Sednaoui's "Walk on the Wild Side" and Bob Giraldi's "The Honey Trap." (Finalist films can be viewed on on Thursday.) The screening was preceded by a keynote address by Mark Cuban, co-founder of HDNet and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, as well as a spirited panel discussion that included Jonathan Cude (group creative director of McKinney+Silver), Lee Newman (chairman-CEO of McKinney+Silver), Bob Giraldi (director and partner of 149WOOSTER), Jon Kamen (chairman-CEO of @radicalmedia) and Benjamin Palmer (president of Barbarian Group). (RH)
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