Wednesday, March 30, 2011

One Minute Film and Video Festival

The One Minute Film and Video Festival takes place on Thursday, March 31st at 7:00pm at Toronto Underground Cinema.

The One Minute Film & Video Festival is back! After a 2-year hiatus, the One Minute Film & Video Festival presents our latest programme on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Toronto Underground Cinema.

Thirty new works will be presented under the joint theme of our most recent calls for submission, social/media. As in previous years, each film is required to be exactly sixty seconds in length – no more, no less – and filmmakers have been encouraged to interpret the theme social/media as broadly as they wish, in whatever manner they choose.

In addition to new works from filmmakers in Toronto and around Canada, the 2011 One Minute Film & Video Festival features new films from Japan, Italy, Australia, Germany, Poland, Romania, South Africa, and the United States, offering a complete, international film festival experience in a single screening.

Festival Director Matt Brown has also put together a programme of thirty personal favourites from the first five seasons of the One Minute Film & Video Festival. This retrospective will screen jointly with the new works presented in the social/media programme on March 31. A total of sixty one-minute films (thirty new, thirty old) will screen starting at 7 p.m. at the Toronto Underground Cinema.

The One Minute Film & Video Festival was formed in 2003 as a result of a dare between lapsed-filmmaker friends, who decided to make one-minute movies on the theme of “neighbours” in a variety of genres and formats. Each year brings a new theme, including “firsts” (2004), “intersections” (2005), “growth” (2006), and “secrets” (2007). The theme for 2011, social/media, was selected to address the growing collision of media, creativity, privacy, and our online identities.

A jury of Toronto film professionals will select their favourites among the new works presented at the 2011 One Minute Film & Video Festival, the results of which will be announced at the screening. The jurors for the 2011 screening are: Daniel Cockburn, director of Jay Scott Prize-winning feature film You Are Here; Katarina Gligorijevic, writer and movie nerd; and Henry Wong, festival director of Toronto Youth Shorts.

ADDED BONUS: The first four people to buy tickets for Thursday's ONE MINUTE FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL will also get a free ticket to see MACGRUBER at DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE on Friday April 1st at 7:00pm!

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