NBC UNIVERSAL announces the return of its SHORT CUTS Diversity Festival




Nate Kirtman, NBC Entertainment Publicity
(818) 840-3870




LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2012) NBCUniversal has been celebrating diversity for over 40 years with hits from Julia & The Cosby Show to Will & Grace, Heroes, & Community. This year marks the seventh anniversary of one of NBCUniversal's Diversity tent poles: Short Cuts Festival is the premier showcase for aspiring writers, directors, actors, and producers from all over the country, celebrating diversity both in front of and behind the camera.

The Short Cuts Festival is a unique showcase of independent short films under 20 minutes in length and featuring a culturally or ethnically diverse production team, cast, or theme. Last year's festival brought in over 1,500 submissions, providing the opportunity for fresh & diverse talent to get their material in front of key decision-makers from the entire NBCUniversal family -- as well as agents, managers, producers, and other industry players across all genres; including comedy, drama, horror & sci-fi.

In the past, top recipients have been awarded everything from meetings with top television and feature development executives to Avid Suites, a Panavision camera package valued at $60,000, and a pilot script commitment from Universal Television studio.

With past partners from Variety and Hollywood Reporter to Starwood Hotels, Puma, American Airlines & CocaCola, the annual festival also celebrates growing partnerships between NBCUniversal's own networks and studios from NBC, Bravo, E!, G4, SyFy, mun2, Telemundo & USA Networks to Focus Features & Universal Pictures.

The submission window is now open at Semi-finalists will be celebrated with a two-day screening and panel in NYC in early September, while finalists will be flown to Los Angeles for additional screening and panels at the Directors Guild of America in October 2012. This year's Prize Packages and Judges will be announced on the festival site within the coming months.


About ‘NBC Universal Diversity Initiative
The 7th annual Short Cuts Festival is one of the main components of the NBCUniversal Diversity Initiative – a company-wide initiative to discover diverse voices both in front of and behind the camera. For more information, visit: - an online community that serves as a hub for diversity across all aspects of the entertainment industry spearheaded by NBC.

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