The long and the short of it: Short films are by far the most diverse films in the academy, but they often get short changed (yes, pun intended). Until recently, shorts were often referred to as the black sheep of the Academy Awards ceremony — “a prestigious category, but one that barely anyone has seen.” The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Chairman & CEO Ambassador Charles Rivkin hosted a private screening at the Abramson Family Lecture Hall NYU in Washington, DC where they screened a few Oscar nominated Shorts with Andrew Chesworth, the co-director of One Small Step, its producer Shaofu Zhang and the moderator Carter Pilcher, the founder and CEO of ShortsTV and Founder of Shorts International.
About Carter Pilcher: “Pilcher founded Shorts International in 2000. Coming from a background in both investment banking and law, Carter has made Shorts International the world’s leading short movie Entertainment Company, functioning as distributor, broadcaster and producer. Carter has extensive experience in short movie production and short movie entertainment. He is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and a member of the Short Film and Feature Animation Branch of The US Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) – the guys who pick the Oscars. Carter, originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, received a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a J.D. from Georgetown University, is a member of the New York Bar and attended the London Business School Corporate Finance Evening Program. Carter Pilcher has been and continues to be the highlight of Oscar season here on Film School. His insight, commitment and love of films and filmmaking always makes for a lively and informative conversation on some of the best films you will see all year.” ShortsTV