Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gearing up for Filminute 2011

It always feels like such short rest. Soon after we wind down from one festival, we start gearing up for the next year. The official Call for Entry for Filminute 2011 will be announced in Spring 2011, however we will spend the next few months discussing the one-minute film genre and raising expectations on quality. Each year, the films get better and that's not by accident.

We invite you to follow Filminute on Facebook, and we encourage you to participate in the discussion by sharing your views and comments there as filmmakers, creative producers, or members of our audience who love and appreciate one-minute films. During the festival, our Facebook page is one of our most important communication outlets and is easily one of the top means by which our fans share their favourite films.

Twitter account is also one of our important communities. Follow Filminute on Twitter at

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nominate Filminute for a Mashable Award

Something like this might help get Filminute and some of our shortlisted filmmakers even more on the map :-)

If you can remember to vote for Filminute once a day until end of November, that'd be great! Click the Mashable Awards (or the graphic on the left) to land on a page that votes for us.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Thursday, October 07, 2010


Acrobatics, divine comedy and a good fright inspire the winning narratives at Filminute, the international one-minute film festival.

TORONTO/BUCHAREST, 7 October 2010 – After a month of online screenings, Filminute 2010 announced the award winners for this year’s film festival. CHOOSE NOT TO FALL, an inspiring and acrobatic documentary from the UK, has been awarded BEST FILMINUTE honours by the seven-member international jury. The unlikely mix of philosophy and real stunts made for exciting viewing and marks the first time that a documentary has won the top honours at Filminute.

Watch the Filminute 2010 Awards clip from Filminute on Vimeo.

The online festival audience from 124 countries, each viewer permitted one vote only, chose the Romanian comedy A NEW PRAYER for the People's Choice Award. A NEW PRAYER jousted with films from Iceland and South Africa and pipped ahead to finally win the popular vote.

The top-rated film was DARK VALLEY, an inventively frightening film from Iceland that all takes place in an SUV standing in the frozen tundra. The film accumulated a rating of 4.7 on the 5-star scale.  

CHOOSE NOT TO FALL is directed by Matthew Marsh and features Daniel Ilabaca, a likeable and talented practitioner of parkour — the urban and physical discipline where athletes train to overcome any obstacle in their path by adapting their movements to the environment. Ilabaca is one of the world’s leading parkour athletes and he is transcendental in his delivery of an articulate and optimistic message against “risk free achievement running rampant in youth culture,” as one juror wrote.

John Ketchum, Filminute’s co-founder and head of jury singled out CHOOSE NOT TO FALL as the most quoted film in the festival, with many references and comments from online voters and Facebook fans repeating Ilabaca’s line “If you’re afraid of falling you fall because you’re afraid.”

A NEW PRAYER won the People’s Choice award by generating fans from dozens of countries. Director Dorin Pene takes on the gates of Heaven in a one-scene film that proved to be broadly appealing. The film playfully uses instant messaging as a comedic device, with messaged pleas to a higher power arriving and constantly interrupting the two main characters. The director’s sensibility hints at the work of both Mel Brooks and Monty Python.

12 of the 25 films generated ratings of 4.0 stars or better. DARK VALLEY at 4.7 stars topped them all. “Alien meets Iceland”, quipped one rater of the film. Icelandic director Óskar Arnarson delivers a delightful fright with the most inventive use of side and rear view mirrors to build dramatic tension. And like many masterful horror films, Arnarson’s attention to sound design and ominous shadows is no accident.

The Jury
Seven international jury members judge the 25 shortlisted films and help maintain the high standards for which the Filminute festival has become known. Jurors are asked to evaluate the one-minute films with the same discipline and criteria by which they might evaluate a full-length feature film, animation or documentary. This year’s jury includes luminaries from the film, media, art and advertising worlds: Guardian contributor and film critic RONALD BERGAN; Academy Award-nominated director NEILL BLOMKAMP (DISTRICT 9); writer and director TANUJA CHANDRA; JAN LUMHOLDT of FIRPRESCI; MARK TUTSSEL, global chief creative officer for Leo Burnett Worldwide. Filminute’s co-founders John Ketchum and Sabaa Quao round out the jury.

5 Jury Commendations
The Filminute 2010 jury awarded commendations to 5 films ranked in the following order:

AUTO MADAR (INDIA) Directed by Vasan Bala
An assassin, already late for work, is further stymied by his inability to catch a cab.

GOODBYE MR. NICE GUY (ROMANIA) Directed by Ana Iliesiu & Matei Branea
A one-minute romantic comedy? Why not! Animation and live action are cleverly blended in this offbeat breakup story.

GUMBOOTS (SOUTH AFRICA) Directed by Bauke Brouwer
This gritty and ultimately triumphant story also distinguishes itself as the first film from South Africa to make the Filminute shortlist.

The simplicity of the film belies the complex story of a family haunted by the demands of the father’s ghost.

FLESH (NETHERLANDS) Directed by Maarten Rots
The persistence of a voyeur standing in the rain leads to a tense and uncomfortable confrontation.

“The range of countries and stories on the jury’s commendation list support the belief we stated when we started Filminute in 2006. One-minute films level the playing field. These films prove that no country has a monopoly on great stories,” says Filminute co-founder Sabaa Quao. “So many of this year’s films do prompt us to watch them two and three times in a row.”

This year’s award-winners were selected from a lineup of 25 films from 18 countries. The shortlist of 25 was narrowed from a field of more than 2000 film and animation screenings and submissions.

Impact of social media
Again, Twitter and Facebook play a key role in the promotion and growth of the festival. Filminute screened the full festival collection within Facebook, as a complement to the main screening room at The impact of social media on film and television properties appears to affect Filminute no differently than the mainstream industry. The festival organizers pointed out that Facebook users drove 30% of the festival’s audience, up from 15% last year. Facebook-driven audiences generated an average of 5 minutes of viewing time. Twitter followers generated an average of 8 minutes on the Filminute site. “We’ll be analyzing our audience habits and preferences over the next few weeks. We expect to be make even bigger strides helping filmmakers reach more audiences, and social media will play an increasingly bigger role in that process,” says Ketchum.

Founded in 2006 by John Ketchum and Sabaa Quao, Filminute is a unique and truly international film festival run by staffers in Bucharest, London, Toronto, Vancouver, and Panama. Each year, the festival experiment with different platforms to complement the main site.

The winning films and the complete Filminute shortlist can be viewed at and at In Canada, Filminute experimented with broadband video on demand and has a channel at

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Facebook + VOD are more important than television...

Give the TechCrunch article a read first.

We've been thinking about this for a couple of years, ever since we prototyped running festival screenings within Facebook (we ran a beta test of that during Filminute 2008). Entrepreneur Brad Stewart, using some of the mechanics of his AdJoy video platform, pulled the video stream of our festival films into Facebook. Two years ago, that feat was a lot harder to do than it is today. Facebook is now geared for this kind of thing. But in 2008, that successful trial got Filminute thinking far ahead.

Facebook, we decided, is more important than television. Facebook + video on demand are the directions we bet on to round out Filminute's platform reach (Incidentally, this year's broadband VOD trial is underway in Canada w/ Rogers' RODO platform; and our mobile VOD trial in India is coming soon via Jigsee).

During the all-important first week in September, Filminute customarily picks up a first round of momentum, and we gain our first reaction from the audience. No surprise, we quickly get a sense of which films have pull. What was new for us was the degree to which social media had become measurably important. Films that were shared via friends and peers drove deep engagement with our audience — 5 minutes viewing time from Facebook users, 8 minutes from Twitter users.
Taking what we've learned, wait'll you see our next stunt at Filminute 2011 ;-)

Filmmakers and creative producers who are not paying attention to these shifts are missing a glaring opportunity to chart some of their own destiny. While some of these social media platforms and technologies are unpredictable enough (*cough cough* MySpace...), it's worth familiarising yourself with the pattern of communication that probably will outlast any one platform. Facebook + Twitter are your BFFs (Best Friends For now...)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Really short takes, on really short films

DIRECTOR: Robin King (UK)
"Hell is other people" — Sarte..., and Robin King

DIRECTOR: Vasan Bala (India)
Taxi driver pwned by Assassin late for work

DIRECTORS: Michael Benni Pierce & Shaun Boyle (USA)
Elvis' rocks out at The Office

DIRECTOR: Matthew Marsh (UK)
The Matrix meets le parkour

DIRECTOR: Oskar Arnarson (Iceland)
After seeing this film, you'll never get into an SUV again.

DIRECTOR: Motke Dapp (USA)
Superhero has another drink, then goes to fight crime.

DIRECTOR: Serdar Taç (Turkey/Slovenia)
Girl, guy, sunset, the moon, and a fight scene at the docks. Ouah!

DIRECTOR: John Riley (UK/Romania)
Mirror in the bathroom, please don't scream...

DIRECTOR: Eric Hynynen (Finland)
One critic described The Finn as the most depressing minute you'll spend all day. Maybe. But it's still kinda funny too because of the puppets.

5:27 PM
DIRECTOR: Jeremiah Crowell (USA)
Next time you're stuck in gridlock, just think how beautiful it is - and forget how miserable you are.

DIRECTOR: Maarten Rots (Netherlands)
Peeping Tom holds his ground on a rainy day.

DIRECTOR: Dhruv Mookerji (India)
Mr Bean goes to Bollywood for a magic show.

DIRECTORS: Ana Iliesiu & Matei Branea (Romania)
Filminute must have a thing for aliens this year, but this time it's a rom/com.

DIRECTOR: Bauke Brouwer (South Africa)
Stylish wellies, gritty township, happy endings.

DIRECTORS: The Brothers Grinn (USA)
Ok, not so happy ending. It's the most dangerous game.

DIRECTOR: Mark Nava (USA/Serbia)
The prison break flick of the year.

DIRECTOR: Edmund Yeo (Malaysia/Japan)
Daddy's a ghost and he's kind of a downer.

DIRECTOR: Daniel Maráky (Czech Republic)
We're still thinking about Madame A's notes: written to remember, or for us not to forget?

DIRECTOR: Joanna Rechnio (Poland-Slovenia)
Houdini flick for foodies.

DIRECTOR: Ana Mendes (Portugal)
Is everyone waiting for someone to arrive or leave?

DIRECTOR: Dorin Pene (Romania)
A Mel Brooks and Monty Python-esque take at the gates of heaven, with sms messaging as comic relief.

DIRECTOR: Gábor Hörcher (Hungary)
Child actor says "No thank you, I'd rather sit in the closet, please."

DIRECTOR: Tubomi Koukou (Japan)
Yakuza on the beach.

DIRECTOR: Tomas Rafa (Slovak Republic)
Worth noting: A wall is a wall is a wall.

DIRECTOR: Motke Dapp (USA)
A taxi driver for the peak oil era

★★★★ VIEW, RATE, COMMENT and VOTE ★★★★

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Filminute on Feedback

Every year, Filminute has committed to collecting a cross-section of comments to share with each director on our shortlist. We often extend that feedback and support to films that narrowly missed making the final cut.

What we have heard back from filmmakers is that some gleaned more insight around their work from participating in Filminute over any other film festival they had ever entered. We would like to keep up to this high standard that Filminute has set.

This year we've specifically augmented and refined the social media support around the films and the festival experience. We are gauging whether audiences will be more prone to communicate even more around the films, and we curious to see what the qualitative difference is in the feedback sent to us via our form presented beneath each film -VS- the comments put out to the Twitterverse, Facebook, et al.

Given the recent research discoveries around Twitter being a better predictor of box office than prediction markets (research by HP Labs, covered in Fast Company), we wondered if that parallel would provide any indicators or insights that would be useful to filmmakers.

As we hope you can appreciate, Filminute is more than just one experiment. We expect our hypotheses to lead to a collection of insights and outcomes that first benefit our Filminute community (adding 25 filmmakers every year). In turn, we hope to have a larger impact on the film, television, and creative industries through our community.

Last but not least, in support of all these experiment, please do invite your peers, networks, friends and family to participate fully. In under one hour, everyone can rate all the films, provide comments on some, share several, and vote for their favourite. This is how we will grow the data and build a large enough sample to validate whatever we find. 7 DAYS LEFT! Let's max out and see what we learn.

★ Everybody's a critic, so rate all the films ;-)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Guest blog post from @ajenkins

A thoughtful post from @ajenkins that we're publishing to the Filminute blog.
I have been a big fan of Filminute since its inception. As a filmmaker and film lover, festivals have been my source for the new, the potentially overlooked and the thought provoking films. Festivals are especially critical for supporting documentaries and I count myself fortunate for the access to documentaries that festivals like Filminute provide.
I will never forget seeing the premiere of The Crying Game at TIFF and heard the air get sucked out of the theatre from the audience’s collective gasp when the film’s secret was revealed. It’s those unforgettable moments of surprise, joy, tears, anger and wonder that festivals are all about and Filminute has been able to provide those moments every year.

What’s more impressive is the power that the films are able to convey in just sixty seconds. Filminute illustrates how filmmakers can say so much with so little. It has been said that innovation comes from constraints. Filminute provides filmmakers constraints in spades and they respond with innovative stories, approaches and truly high calibre product.

Out of the twenty-five semi-finalists, the five films that really resonated with me this year in no particular order were:

5:27 - a juxtaposition of lots of activity with little movement
Choose Not To Fall - inspiration and overcoming fear through parkour
Dark Valley - adhering to Hitchcock’s mantra that what you don’t see is always scarier
Echoes - two periods in the same life connected through a mirror
Madam A. - sound and visuals married for powerful effect and a single object, a piece of barbed wire, telling so much without saying anything

I encourage you to take a few minutes, pardon the pun, and view the films. You will be provoked, touched and, most of all entertained.

Andrew Jenkins
Filmmaker in a previous life

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Prize money versus prestige

This question comes up from time to time. : Why no prize money from Filminute? In 2005 when we came up with the idea, we focused our lean budgets on building a brand, and our goal was to build a presence as remarked upon as the Academy Awards, the business acumen of the Toronto International Film Festival, the splash of Cannes, and the indie spark of Sundance. I'd say we're part way there on some of these, and we'll not let up on pursuit of this vision as a driver of the festival.

Filminute then, without fail every year, gathers a respected and sharp jury that's arguably as good as any feature length-oriented film festival.

Finally, we do out best to build a massive, worldwide audience. Filminute's festival content reaches more audiences in more countries in one month than any major film festival (107 countries at last check-in, and on some years we've hit as many as 120).

If we did all this and offered a $500 prize, even a $5,000 prize, we'd lose the real filmmakers and end up w/ first year film students and junior league entries. We're just not keen on Amateur Night. That's not to say that students never make it through. You'll always hear Filminute say that a one-minute film "levels the playing field" — it's possible for a student or debutante creative producer to make the right film, the right way, and stand up to the pros.

Filminute set out to build the best brand in the world we possibly could, and increasingly we are attracting some standout filmmakers, artists, commercial directors, animators, writers, and so on. And it's quite satisfying to see all these people chatting each other up across multiple time zones on Filminute's Facebook page ;-)

That being said, if Filminute lands some windfall and musters up a million dollar prize, we'll bug you to submit a film same way we always do ;-)

Rate this film!

When it comes to film, everybody has an opinion. Please translate that opinion on each film by rating all 25 films at Filminute 2010. Your ratings and comments provide a source of insight to the filmmakers and directors.

Don't forget about VOTING for your favourite film as well. Last but not least, share the films you loved to watch.

On our Facebook page, many of the shortlisted directors have been participating in discussions about the films. Feel free to join in and tell us what you think. Which films on the shortlist resonate with you most?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

10 days, 107 countries, 2035 cities, and counting...

How accessible can a film festival be? With no tickets, no lineups, and pure access, Filminute reaches a lot of cities and countries in a short amount of time.

Please share the films you love as far and away as the films can go. Filminute continues to reach more people in more countries every year. We would love your help building a film festival with greater reach than any other. One look at the map and as far as we're concerned, we're just getting started ;-)

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Monday, September 06, 2010

Momentum, from Country to Country

Filminute sees a consistent pattern every year: countries represented on the shortlist support their filmmakers passionately. This is no different than what we have come to expect of the Olympics, and what we saw at every World Cup. We wondered if large countries would simply end up with an insurmountable advantage by generating "national" votes and handily winning the Filminute's People's Choice award.

As it turns out, the films that win tend to generate ratings and votes from A LOT of countries. As a result, we've seen excellent showings at Filminute by small countries like Belgium and Hungary. James Cooper's Canadian entry"Life" won the Filminute 2009 People's Choice award and it was most definitely the nation of "Twitter" that won the day. Votes poured in from every continent. Canada's relatively small population of 34 million was not going to be nearly enough to make a big enougfh dent on its own.

So, if you've got a film at Filminute 2010, we encourage you to get the word out locally, but also remind you that the world is your audience. Make sure you alert everyone you know, everywhere that they are, that you want them to watch your film.

We're happy to see Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, UK and USA at — some countries representing more passionately than others.

It's far too early to tell which films will gain international momentum and win the day. Lots more drama to come.
Filminute sees a consistent pattern every year: countries represented on the shortlist support their filmmakers passionately. This is no different than what we have come to expect of the Olympics, and what we saw at every World Cup. We wondered if large countries would simply end up with an insurmountable advantage by generating "national" votes and handily winning the Filminute's People's Choice award.

As it turns out, the films that win tend to generate ratings and votes from A LOT of countries. As a result, we've seen excellent showings at Filminute by small countries like Belgium and Hungary. James Cooper's Canadian entry"Life" won the Filminute 2009 People's Choice award and it was most definitely the nation of "Twitter" that won the day. Votes poured in from every continent. Canada's relatively small population of 34 million was not going to be nearly enough to make a big enougfh dent on its own.

So, if you've got a film at Filminute 2010, we encourage you to get the word out locally, but also remind you that the world is your audience. Make sure you alert everyone you know, everywhere that they are, that you want them to watch your film.

We're happy to see Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, India,
Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, UK and USA at — some countries representing more passionately than others.

It's far too early to tell which films will gain international momentum and win the day. Lots more drama to come.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Filminute and the Browser Wars

We're fascinated by The Browser Wars that have raged over the past decade between Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, and now Chrome. Who watches Filminute and from what browser? And what does it tell us about our target audience?

Filminute has always been predominantly watched on Firefox. But here are our latest stats:

43.59% Firefox     
19.45% Chrome
17.52% Internet Explorer
14.10% Safari
4.26%   Opera

CHROME!?! Wow...Chrome's come from nowhere on the radar, to edging out Internet Explorer. That makes me start to wonder who's using Chrome and what is the profile or correlation between those users and entertainment/leisure/digital content?

Saturday, September 04, 2010

The Weekend Guide to Filminute 2010

Watch an entire film festival in under 30 minutes.

25 film and animation productions from 18 countries.

One-minute films.
60 seconds – no more, no less.

Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, Hungary, Iceland, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, the UK and USA, with South Africa, Turkey and Poland seeing their first contributions ever to the exclusive shortlist.

Come and rate these films right now!
And vote for your favourite before September 30.

Because you'll be surprised by what's possible in 60 seconds.
Because some of these films will make you laugh.
Because some of these films are a work of art.
Because all of these films beat out 1000 other films.
Because it's a film festival you can fully experience in under 30 minutes. Truly.

Go to and watch a film.
Rate that film.
Share that film.



Friday, September 03, 2010

"LIKE" Filminute on Facebook

Directly and indirectly, Facebook drove 31% of traffic to the festival site in the first day. Facebook and Twitter have increasingly played a larger role in the success of Filminute, but this is over the top.

We've put up a custom "Filminute 2010" tab, and we will evolve that in a couple of days. We tested out a screening room capability and we'll tweak it and launch it soon. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we invite you to visit our Facebook page and leave any comments about the festival And don't leave without becoming a fan!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Filminute Stats, Day 1

Here's a view on who's visiting the site from Day 1 of the festival. Romanian fans are always passionate about this festival, and that comes as no surprise given the consistently strong showing of Romanian filmmakers on our shortlist.

The surprises here would be the arrival of the US at this level of visitor traffic. Great to see Icelandic fans supporting one of their entries!

These number do tend to change dramatically as the festival audiences ramp up, and watching those audience numbers swings is part of the geeky enjoyment we get out of running this film festival.

Everybody's a critic. ★ OR ★★ OR ★★★ OR ★★★★ OR ★★★★★?

Everyone has an answer to the question "What's your favourite film?" When our jurors review the shortlisted 25 films, we ask them to judge the submissions as "films", which brings a subjective and an objective critique to the process.

Our ratings from the public are just as important as the decision by our Filminute jury.  ★ OR ★★ OR ★★★ OR ★★★★ OR ★★★★★? Let us know what you think of each film. In addition, we hope you share these films via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. We set out to build a film festival that was accessible to as many people worldwide as possible, which is possible when dealing with one-minute films.

Last but not least, the People's Choice Award: everyone in the world is entitled to one vote. After you've watched all 25 films, make your selection of the "best" film, best for whatever reason that resonates with you personally. We've never had the jury and the public finally agree on a winning film — although some years it's come close.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

WELCOME to Filminute 2010. Congratulations to the makers of these 25 films.


DIRECTOR: Robin King

DIRECTOR: Vasan Bala

DIRECTORS: Michael Benni Pierce & Shaun Boyle

DIRECTOR: Matthew Marsh


Oskar Arnarson


Motke Dapp


Serdar Taç

DIRECTOR: John Riley

DIRECTOR: Eric Hynynen


Jeremiah Crowell


Maarten Rots


Dhruv Mookerji


Ana Iliesiu & Matei Branea

DIRECTOR: Bauke Brouwer
South Africa


The Brothers Grinn


Mark Nava

DIRECTOR: Edmund Yeo

Daniel Maráky
Czech Republic


Joanna Rechnio

DIRECTOR: Ana Mendes


Dorin Pene


Gábor Hörcher

DIRECTOR: Tubomi Koukou

DIRECTOR: Tomas Rafa
Slovak Republic


Motke Dapp


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Submissions overview

Now that we've completed the Call for Entry, submission, and review stages, we've got some updated numbers on where Filminute films came from this year.

While Filminute has customarily attracted a significant portion of our festival audience from India, this is the year we saw India overtake all other countries in submissions. Over 15% of submissions came from India, surging past a flood of US filmmakers. You will see 2 Indian films on this year's shortlist.

The US has been a late entrant to the party and for the first time caught up to our UK volume of submissions. Central and Eastern Europe continue to be a powerful source of films, and that's been consistent since the Filminute's inception in 2006.

We also saw our broadest array of films from Central and South America, with submissions from Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

More insights to come. But it all becomes tangible tomorrow when we announce the Filminute 2010 shortlist. Let the screenings begin!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Filminute 2010 Jury

We are pleased to welcome Ronald Bergan, Neill Blomkamp, Tanuja Chandra, Jan Lumholdt, and Mark Tutssel to the Filminute 2010 jury.

Filminute has always been ambitious in its pursuit of critical, strong, and respected jury members. This year is no exception. At the back of our minds when making our final shortlist of 25 films, we always think about films that are worthy of our jury and worthy of our worldwide audiences' time.

Interesting to note: our juries and our voting public have never agreed on their selection of the "best" film, and we consider that tension an important and exciting part of the festival.

Friday, August 20, 2010

An imperfect "Thank You"

An inspiring load of films have arrived over the past few days. There's always drama like that as we approach the 20 August submission deadline. What I'd like to pause and note is the impact that various web postings via Twitter and blogs have had in getting the word out.

Not only has this activity drawn in film genres we needed more of, it has also helped get Filminute on the radar of filmmakers in countries we've not had representation from before.

For instance, here's a screen cap of recent Twitter posters, and that's just scratching the surface — thus the imperfect "Thank You"...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

10 days left to submit your film

★★★ 20 August 2010 ★★★ rapidly approaches. There is always a goldmine of films that arrive at the last minute, and we are always delighted to see them.

If you haven't already, join Filminute on Facebook or follow Filminute on Twitter.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Join us.

Join Filminute on Facebook; follow us Twitter 

Submissions..the home stretch

In 11 days, we'll close the door on submissions and begin to make our final selects for Filminute 2010. The persistent and perennial August 20 submission deadlines rules us for 8 months, and then we agonise for a few days making the final cuts. The endless viewing of films, the back and forth between our management team and prospective filmmakers — it always pays off. 

Our selection committee is picky and prickly, and for a reason. We expect our audience and our jurors to be picky and prickly so it's best that we be brutally critical first. Now 5 years into the festival, we owe quality to a worldwide audience when Filminute 2010 goes live on September 1 every year.

Last year, so much of the festival was intertwined with social media, especially with the appearance of LINE on the shortlist. That one-minute film originated as a Twitter post by Twitter fiction writer Arjun Basu. It went on to win our People's Choice award winner, and the twitterati definitely weighed in on that outcome!

Following on that, leading up to September 1 we ask you to do 2 things: join us on Facebook and/or on Twitter, because these platforms are becoming increasingly central to the Filminute festival experience.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The usual reminder ;-)

Your Filminute submission is due ★ August 20 and the festival runs 1 - 30 September 2010. 

Sound design and music...

Again, we cannot underscore enough the importance of music and sound design, and all the difference it makes — even for a one-minute film.

Take a look at this list of films scored by Argentine musician, film composer and producer, Gustavo Alfredo Santaolalla ... "Amores Perros", "21 Grams", "The Motorcycle Diaries", and "Brokeback Mountain"...All memorably scored, and as we now see, there is no coincidence.

For 60 seconds of your film, call on the favours you need to get the sound and music to as sublime a level as you can muster. That extra will help make every moment count.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Non sequitur...

Yes, today's post has absolutely nothing to do with one-minute films. It's World Cup! We will be happily distracted for the next few weeks. But remember... the ★ August 20  submission deadline still stands! Perhaps some winning performances by your favourite teams will inspire you to making an even greater one-minute film. Make every moment count!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Audiences from 122 Countries

Each year, we scrutinise our site stats for insights about our audiences. Filminute 2009 attracted viewers from 122 countries during the festival month of September. However, 85% of our audience was generated by 10 countries: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Romania, Russia, United Kingdom, United States.

The audience numbers are certainly influenced by the countries represented on the shortlist however this does not necessarily determine the outcome of the People's Choice Award.

The footrace to win the People's Choice Award is often dramatic (and part of the entertainment for those of us managing the backend operation of the festival). The top films consistently generate views and votes far beyond their national origins. People rate and vote for the story, and that's the kind of sincere audience participation Filminute encourages and generates.