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Nintendo Seeks Brilliant Filmmakers for 'Short Cuts Showcase'

Winner to Receive $10,000, Audience With Industry Execs and Gala Premiere
at Rockefeller Center, June 19-22
REDMOND, Wash., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo is searching for the
next great director. Lead by Nintendo's flagship store, Nintendo World, the
Nintendo Short Cuts Showcase invites filmmakers from all walks of life to
demonstrate their passion and skills by creating a Nintendo-themed short film
or video. The top three films will be chosen by a panel that includes a
Tribeca senior programmer, an entertainment industry reporter and a Nintendo
executive. The final films will premiere as a part of the inaugural short film
showcase at the Top of the Rock(TM) Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center
during Rock Center's annual summer film showcase, June 19-22.
The first-place winner will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize along with a
lunch meeting with the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, Craig Hatkoff,
and a trip to New York to see the winning entry shown at the Rock Center's
annual summer film showcase. In addition, the top three winners will all
receive Nintendo hardware and games.
The short film submissions must be less than five minutes long and
Nintendo-themed in some way. The rest is up to the imagination of the
filmmakers, who can explore themes using the new Wii(TM) home video game
system, the hand-held Nintendo DS(TM) or even classic Nintendo characters and
systems. The entries can be comedies or dramas, live action or animated -- the
options for cinematic creativity are almost endless.
"Opening the Nintendo Short Cuts Showcase to the broader filmmaking public
reflects our message that video games are fun for everyone," explains George
Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and
corporate communications. "We expect to get high-quality entries from film
students, indie filmmakers and creative talents of all kinds that spark the
imagination the same way our games do."
For an official entry form, a list of approved film formats and a list of the
contest rules and regulations, visit nintendoshortcuts.com. Filmmakers must be
18 or older. Entries are due on or before June 6.
The Nintendo Short Cuts screening at Top of the Rock will be a special feature
and an addition to the annual summer film series at Rockefeller Center, a
unique outdoor event showcasing four nights of independent movies.
While at the Top of the Rock, movie fans can check out a selection of cool
Nintendo World merchandise. And once folks head back down to ground level, the
full Nintendo World store is just a few steps away at 10 Rockefeller Plaza.
Nintendo World is Nintendo's flagship retail outlet in the United States.
Located in Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York, Nintendo World offers
10,000 square feet of hands-on video game entertainment. People from all
around the world visit the store to try out new and upcoming Nintendo video
games, purchase unique Nintendo merchandise or attend one of the many special
events held there. For more information about Nintendo World, visit
nintendoworldstore.com.
The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo
Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for
its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM)
systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more
than 387 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like
Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly
owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as
headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more
information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.com.

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