Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Variety in 1 minute films - Fiminute's brand

If those sprawling three-minute YouTube clips seem to drag on forever,
Filminute, "the international one-minute film festival," might be right up your
Wired Magazine online

Glitz and celeb watching is one reason why any Network would want to screen the Oscars, a deal with Oscar permitting of course, but the prize of a global audience is an elixir not to pass over, particularly if you've been losing eye balls over the years.

So if you're an exec, here's your chance to do something. If you're a punter you too have a role to play, though if you wanted to submit a film, you've left it a teeny too late.

The Filminute: the international one-minute film festival a festival of full blown one minute films springs into its finale in September; submissions for the event have just closed and from speaking to one of the organisers Sabaa the standards this year are way high, so it should be quite a fest.

There are many 60 second film comps; I have known a few since 2000 working in Soho London, but with this executive directors John Ketchum and Sabaa Quao have amassed some admirable attention.
  • Paul Haggis,Oscar-winning director of Crash and Million Dollar Baby, is a 2008 jury member of Filminute.

  • This year they screened through 1500 films, animations, and mashups from 60 countries (an increase of 33 percent over last year, when films were submitted from 45 countries). Twenty-five films representing 16 countries land on the shortlist and the world is then invited to view and vote from September 1-30.

  • This, says Sabaa could be the biggest gala festival of its kind

  • A Tech company that was heavily involved in streaming the Olympics in China are on board.

  • Selfridges UK will be part of the fiesta with a full cinema built into the Ultralounge and a digital installation in the luxury good section of the Oxford street store.

  • They've got mentions in the New York Times,Variety, Wired and Timeout to name a few

Frankly if you're a broadcaster I'd go bite off the hands of Sabaa and John and get involved.

Sabaa's asked if I can do a few video journalism driven news shorts, which sounds fun; s0 I'll re post any updates in time.

But as a side thought a 60 second VJ piece as an entry might have got you in the final 25, which become available for you to vote a winner in September.

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