With short films, sometimes it can be difficult to squeeze in genuine character development without it feeling too heavy handed. With Oppitunti / A Lesson, the director Outi Hartikainen does an amazing job of crafting a pure and simple piece all under 4 minutes. I mean, we’ve watched certain Sci-Fi prequels that can’t create a decent character even given 142 minutes and billions of dollars in over-used CGI.
It’s a short film about prejudice, about forced uniformity among pupils, and about how, for reasons of conscience, one can even question authority. This is a student project from Tampere Uni. of Applied Sciences, produced in 2010.
-from the director:
This film won the Best Fiction Award at Couch Fest Films for 2011 as well as playing at the following film festivals:
Osman Cerfon first studied graphic design in Chaumont, then Fine Arts in Epinal, and finally animation in “La Poudrière” school in Valence, where he graduated in 2007 with the film Tête-à-tête (Head-to-head). Since 2007, he works on various projects as a scriptwriter or as an animation technician. In parallel, he develops The Jinx Chronicles, a collection of short films where misfortune tracks those who alas find themselves on its way.
The festival set for March 30 in Portland will feature short films with story-lines that involve mustaches or a main character who wears a mustache. The idea for the mustache film festival, believed to be the first of its kind, grew out of an annual mustache pageant held locally to benefit arts and cancer research organizations.
Read more here.
Alen Petkovic won the iPhone-created film festival with his music video for the song, “Nancy Lee”.
With all these amazing films created on an iPhone, suddenly our HD camera seems very expensive–crap.
See the rest of the winning films here.
We could make 1.3 million movies with that kind of prize money. Camera up, peeps!
YouTube is to follow up its user-generated movie Life in a Day by launching an online short film festival aimed at encouraging fresh talent,according to a report by Associated Press. The 10 winners will be sent to the Venice film festival and compete for a $500,000 prize.
More info here.
Some of our favorite films from the CFF archive. Filmmakers don’t be fooled this woman is not a romantic
I knew the vest added pounds! Video is a little long but has some great moments!
‘Boom Boom’ co-directed by Larry and Terry Ziegelman