Linda Olszewski

Acquisitions/Programming & Sales Sr Exec
Oscar Shorts/AMPAS/ShortsTV

Linda O. (Olszewski) is a recognizable face on the global fest circuit known for her involvement on the Oscar Shorts releases since its inception in 2006 by ShortsTV - The Short Movie Channel. Her dedication for short films & docs and indie filmmakers, and her passion for supporting notable and obscure international film festivals as a jury member and panelist, has helped her to ascertain how to best help filmmakers with their fest and distribution strategy. She has recently launched a side venture, MOVIES THAT MATTER, in which she runs workshops at festivals on how to help filmmakers get their good film to a "great" film. Last Fall she helped The Weinstein Company for their Lexus Shorts venture to find emerging directors for their 2016 short film production slate. She also helped the National Film Board of Canada with two shorts that became Oscar Shortlisted. Most recently she helped the PunkRobot Team in their journey to Oscar where they won the first Academy Award ever for Chile for Best Animated Short FIlm for BEAR STORY. This year she helped the nominees THE ELEVEN O'CLOCK, MY NEPHEW EMMETT and the shortlisters RISE OF A STAR, ICEBOX, WITNESSES and last year she helped ENEMY WITHIN, SILENT NIGHTS, BORROWED TIME and shortlister THE RIFLE THE JACKAL THE WOLF AND THE BOY. She believes in following your heart, and is an avid photographer always photographing the short film world and everyone she sees.

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