Films of the Week :: A Selection from the Filminute International Film Festival (2011)

Breaking from tradition, I’ve decided to give you not one, but THREE Films of the Week this week. The reason being that these films are all exactly one-minute long (and 1 one-minute film for a whole week just ain’t gravy). The reason they’re so short is that they’re all entries in Filminute: ‘The International One-Minute Film Festival’.

One of our very few rules for screening at Kino is that your film must not be longer than six minutes (n.b. we’re open to a little arm-twisting on film-lengths, if you’re willing to risk the wrath of the Kino challenge). That may sound a little tough on those short filmmakers who have to chop up their beloved 12-minute gems, but it’s nothing on the strict regime of Filminute. With just one minute, you’re challenged to tell a story, make an impact, create a cinematic dim sum; bite-sized, yet gourmet. Thousands of filmmakers from around the world tried, 25 were selected as finalists, and now it’s down to you, short-film-lover, to decide who’ll get the people’s choice award.

I strongly recommend you watch them all, but here, from 3rd to 1st, are my top three:

Aritz Moreno – Loop (Spain)

Having only one-minute to make your impact can be very limiting. Moreno has trumped this limitation by conceptually repeating his film over and over. There’s only one big impact in the film, but it’s multiplied infinitely by implication. A true sci-fi nugget.

Piet Sonck – Chit Chat (Belgium)

A common misconception in short film is that there’s no time for compelling dialogue, so make it silent (perhaps with eerie music) and put your all into the visuals. Sonck disproves this theory, clipping one minute of thoroughly nondescript dialogue as a dry commentary on the perception of shock-impact fashion as a sexually attractive style.

Jordan Schmelzer – Hamburgz (USA)

Kino loves no-budget films, and the best way to cut costs is to substitute your £15k  RED ONE camera, and get a £40 stills cam instead. That’s what Schmelzer did, and his film, Hamburgz, has got my vote for this year’s prize. With nothing more than a serious of photos, Schmelzer has caught some nice angles, and used the occasional stills pan to great aesthetic effect. It’s a film that’d fit in well at Kino – low-cost, minimal time-consumption (I’d be surprised if it took more than an afternoon to make), and thoroughly effective.

This is but a short selection of Filminute’s 25 finalists, and I strongly recommend you view them all and vote on your favourite. The selection can be seen here.

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