Filminute: A 60-second challenge
After the success of the 2006 inaugural edition, the Filminute festival – an online competition of one-minute (very) short films – will be back in September 2007. Film subscriptions are open until August 20, and the aim is to attract filmmakers from different parts of the world with different backgrounds, capable of condensing their creativity in no more than 60 seconds and showing stories that, in the words of Fiminute's CEO John Ketchum, "resonate beyond the one-minute limit".
The jury of the second edition is composed of five members: "The English Patient" author Michael Ondaatje, Saatchi & Saatchi CEO Kevin Roberts, Cannes-winner Iranian director Samira Makmalbaf, Japanese curator Kenichi Kondo and FIPRESCI Secretary General Klaus Eder.
The 2006 winner was UK/Romanian co-production Line by Anton Groves. For Groves the jury was a critical incentive: "Top calibre individuals from the film and creative industries are a big motivator. When you've only got one-minute to grab these people with a film, you embrace the challenge with a lot more discipline than you initially expected.
For more information about Filminute 2007, visit its website here.