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October 2011 – After a month of online screenings, Filminute 2011 announced the
award winners for this year’s film festival. LOOP, a smart and skillfully directed film by Spain’s
Aritz Moreno, has been awarded BEST FILMINUTE honours by the seven-member international jury. The
film’s unique ability to reproduce itself and play with time while remaining
highly entertaining wowed the jury and the audience. This film also marks Spain‘s
first big win at Filminute.
The online festival
audience, each responsible for one vote and representing 132 countries, selected
the film OBLIVION for the People's
Choice Award. OBLIVION, a film from the Netherlands, narrowly beat out films
from South Africa and Australia in a record year for online engagement and
voting at the festival.
The top-rated film was NO
MAN’S LAND, which features a
brilliant and jarring performance by Australian actor Mirko Grillini. The film
averaged a 5-star rating — a first for any film in the festival’s history.
The San Sebastián–based
director of LOOP, Aritz Moreno, presents
film fans with a protagonist that is both dead and alive at the same time.
Beautiful camera work and editing come together with a story that serves up a
poignant commentary on time and routine. The many subtleties in direction and the
stellar sound design also contribute to a film that one juror summed up as
“begging to be watched over and over and over.”
John Ketchum, Filminute’s
co-founder and head of jury, commented about LOOP, “In a year brimming with powerful, masterfully made
films, LOOP still managed to stand out as the favourite — a testament to its
originality, subtlety and the way it rewards the viewer.” The film also
features one of the most visceral moments of any film in the collection.
Interestingly, a glance through the festival’s very active and informative
Facebook page shows a great number of other filmmakers themselves awed by what
Moreno was able to accomplish in this film.
OBLIVION won the People’s Choice award by generating a base
of fans from both near and far beyond the Netherlands. Director Shariff Nasr
raises our attention to issues around patient care, aging, and Alzheimer’s in
his film. Dutch actor Raymond Thiry’s performance is as touching as it is
harrowing, as the film’s protagonist struggles to comprehend where he is and
what is happening to him.
“Marko Grillini (NO MAN’S
LAND) and Raymond Thiry (OBLIVION) highlight what we have always believed possible in
a one-minute film. They delivered memorable performances that stick with you
long beyond the 60-second constraint of the film,” saysfestival co-founder and head of jury John Ketchum. We know of several directors this year
who patiently sought out the best actors they could find and the results are
The Filminute 2011 jury
awarded commendations to five films, ranked in the following order:
REVERIE (Belgium) Directed by Jaro Minne
and love shine through in this film. The child actors draw the audience into
the dream of a united humanity and we are startled by the outcome.
OBLIVION (Netherlands) Directed by Shariff Nasr
powerful and masterfully directed film that touches on how we might feel to be
isolated, abandoned, and powerless. This film generated more reactions and
ratings than many other films combined.
HAMBURGZ (USA) Directed by Jordan Schmelzer
is a delightful heist film that references the photo-montage technique made
famous by Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée. Such stylish and cool drama — over a hamburger.
MAN’S LAND (Australia) Directed by Dominic
are treated to a spare, mesmerizing, and shocking performance in this film. If
there were a Best Actor prize to be awarded at Filminute 2011, Australian actor
Mirko Grillini would surely be in the running.
IN THE LINE (Pakistan) Directed by Basir
contemporary art, part philosophical exposition, the director takes the
audience for a dramatic and surprising run before landing us in the middle of a
very familiar story.
This year’s award winners
were selected from a lineup of 25 films from 18 countries, ranging from
Argentina to India to the USA. The shortlist of 25 was narrowed from a field of
more than 2000 film and animation screenings and submissions. The range of
countries participating and stories presented affirm Filminute’s dedication to
levelling the playing field in film. Indeed, no country has a monopoly on great
stories. Many of these films immediately inspire an immediate second and third