Bertolucci, Jarmusch will helm shorts for site

Netcaster AtomFilms has inked a deal with German film financier MBP to create 15 short films to be helmed by Bernardo Bertolucci, Jim Jarmusch, Czech director Aki Kaurismaki, Chris Marker and Nicolas Roeg as part of the Ten Minutes Older project. Shorts will be about 10 minutes long.

Separately, the Seattle-based company has acquired four shorts to distrib online and off, including “Better or Worse?,” written and directed by Jocelyn Cammack; “To Be Continued,” written and directed by Linus Tunstrom of the Swedish Film Institute; “The Artists Circle,” helmed by Bruce Marchfelder; and “Enchanted,” directed by Christian Ditter.

All deals were inked at the Cannes Film Festival, with the four acquired short films chosen from the Official Selection, Critics Week and the German Next Generation Programs.

Pics will be added to AtomFilms’ growing library of online pics, with some distribbed offline as DVDs and to airlines or cable channels.

“In our first year here at Cannes, we have been delighted both by the short films we have seen and the reception we have received from short filmmakers,” said AtomFilms director of acquisitions Jannat Gargi.

Pics falling under the Ten Minutes Older project — all revolve around the subject of time — were inked through deals with MBP and production houses Matador Pictures and Odyssey Film and TV.

Once completed, the shorts will be simultaneously distribbed online, in theaters and on television worldwide next year. Shooting begins in August, with the pics skedded for completion by next spring.

“We are excited to be involved in such an innovative project that leverages Atom’s existing new-media and distribution expertise and continues to build our relationships with the traditional film industry,” said Mika Salmi, CEO and founder of AtomFilms.

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