If you’re the type who doesn’t like watching long films as it might probably bore you, worry no more because Filminute is here for you.
Filminute is an international film festival that showcase a batch of well crafted films from various parts of the globe. The catch? The film should only be 60 seconds -no more, no less.
The festival, now on its 9th year, is available ONLINE for the audience to view during the whole month of September. And it’s for free! Aside from free viewing, audience can also rate and vote for their favorite film.
Unfortunately though, Philippines has no record of joining the said festival yet but hopefully we’ll see one next year!
Awards will be announced on October 7 so make sure to place your votes on or before Sept. 30.
Now on to the reviews: since these are shorter-than-short shorts, I intended to watch all 25 films in a day. And as a challenge I placed upon myself, I will write my reviews in 80 characters or less.
Here are my short reviews of the Filminute entries this year. Ranked according to its effect on me:
SKY IS MINE
The sky welcomes peace and nothing else. Quiet, simple, disturbingly beautiful. 9/10
I cannot breathe! Intense situation and film execution. 8.5/10
HOW TO RECALL WHAT I ALREADY KNEW
There is beauty in the unknown and then there is the struggle. 8.5/10
USA / Israel
Schadenfreude! Feminists might go wild on this! 8.5/10
Perspectives can make a BIG difference. 8/10
Oh, the pains and beauty of love. I just hope it’s not yet too late. 8/10
TUCK ME IN
Ignacio F. Rodó
I think I need someone to tuck me in later… 7.5/10
Such a kickass tease. Would love to see a full length film of this. 7.5/10
WORKERS DO NOT CRY
Ali Reza Salmanpour
There’s a bigger hand behind all these. 7/10
An interesting and nostalgic piece. It lingers… 7/10
A decisive moment. Good cinematography and editing. 7/10
Trains are a beautiful backdrop for love stories. 6/10
A careful stop motion on the universal lesson: sharing is caring. 6/10
BILLY CRYSTAL FILLS THE SILENCE
It tells, not shows. And it somehow works. 6/10
ONE NIGHT IN FLORIDA
To be understood (and misunderstood) is necessary. 6/10
TALK TO HIM
Original concept; conveyed a lot in 60 secs. 6/10
OPEN THE BOX
I chuckled. It’s as if a friend told a corny joke. But it’s packed with tension. 5/10
Fight is a part of life, at times even a priority. Subtitles would be great. 5/10
EARTH’S LAST HOPE
The search for Ender begins here. Fast-paced, comic, squeezed in too much. 4/10
Ooooh, machismo. Expected twist. 4/10
Bosnia and Herzegovina / Qatar
Kids really ask the hardest questions. 4/10
Revenge begets revenge. And it’s a pill not too easy to swallow. 4/10
INTRODUCTION VIDEO OF JANNE ANTTILA
Reality is blurred and so is the execution. 3/10
THIS JOB’S A BLAST
The joke’s a blast, literally but the film is not. 2/10
Ummm, what does the fox say? 1/10
What’s your favorite entry this year?