|Launched||November 26, 2008 (Europe)
February 17, 2010 (United States)
|Owned by||Shorts International (75%)
AMC Networks International (25%)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV, Europe)
1080i (HDTV, US & Europe)
|Broadcast area||United States
|DirecTV (US)||Channel 573 (HD)
Channel 1573 (VOD)
|Numericable (France)||Channel 155|
|Numericable (Belgium & Luxembourg)||Channel 23/52|
|Telenet (Belgium)||Channel 567 (Flanders)
Channel 747 (Brussels)
|Tivibu TTNET (Turkey)||Channel 143|
|Ziggo (Netherlands)||Channel 125|
|AT&T U-verse (US)||Channel 1789 (HD)|
|Horizon||Horizon.tv (Netherlands only)|
ShortsTV (known as ShortsHD in the United States) is a cable and satellite television channel dedicated to short film including Academy Award nominated short films. It is franchise owned and operated by Shorts International and AMC Networks International. The channel launched in Europe on November 26, 2008 and in the United States on February 17, 2010. It is available in 40 million homes worldwide.
Academy Award nominated shorts theatrical distribution
The channel broadcasts a selection of short films in a variety of genres in blocks of 30 and 60 minutes. Genres include comedy, animation and Stars In Shorts featuring short films with celebrity casts. A compilation of a number of these short films was released theatrically September 28, 2012 under the title, Stars in Shorts.
Selected short films airing on ShortsTV
- Steve (starring Colin Firth and Keira Knightley, directed by Rupert Friend)
- Impulse (starring Chris Masterson)
- Use As Directed
- Stonehenge: ‘Tis A Magic Place (featuring Spinal Tap)
- We Were Once a Fairytale (directed by Spike Jonze, Starring Kanye West)
- Trailers from Hell (featuring contributions from Joe Dante, John Landis, Edgar Wright, Eli Roth, Rick Baker)
- The Death of Salvador Dali (starring Dita Von Teese)
- Airlock, or How to Say Goodbye in Space (starring Michael Sheen)
- Always Crashing in the Same Car (starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann)
- Bouncer (starring Ray Winstone)
- Stingray (starring Mathew Horne)
- Darling Darling (starring Michael Cera)
- The Last Farm
- The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
- The Seed
- I Met the Walrus
- Blake’s Junction 7
- World of Wrestling
- Mam (starring Josie Lawrence and Paul Barber, directed by Hugo Speer)
- LA Love Story Part 1 (starring Jeannine Kaspar and Ryan Caldwell, directed by Sergio Myers)
- LA Love Story Part 2 (starring Jeannine Kaspar and Ryan Caldwell, directed by Sergio Myers)
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