Sunday, June 24, 2007

Films from outside "the system"

At this stage in the Call for Entry period, we are receiving submissions from a wider range of countries than ever before. New countries on the list of submissions this year are India, Macedonia, Iran, and Turkey, among others. We often speak of Filminute as one phenomenon in modern media that levels the playing field.

Klaus Eder, General Secretary of FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique), the international body of professional film critics and film journalists, made the following comment about films coming from "outside the system." He made the comment in the context of Munich's international film festival where he is one of the lead international programmers.
  • In the last 3 or 4 years we've seen a big change in all the films we receive as a result of digital filmmaking - in documentaries, features etc. These films that are being made "outside of the system" are coming from a YouTube mentality that is far away from what we have been used to. FIPRESCI has to look at what's going on here and that's why its important we be involved in an initiative like Filminute. — Klaus Eder
Filminute 2007 is honoured to have Klaus Eder on our jury this September. We look forward to his further commentary and comparative insights.

Submissions are due August 20th, 2007. Wherever you are from, we want to see your one-minute film.