Saturday, March 26, 2011

The One Minute Film & Video Festival Returns

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.

The One Minute Film & Video Festival screens on Thursday, March 31 2011 at
the Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 at the door.

The One Minute Film & Video Festival is made possible through the generous
support of the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.
Media inquiries and accreditation requests can be made to Matt Brown, Festival
Director, at 1minutefilmfest@gmail.com or by phone at 647-772-5827

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