NZ film in running for World’s Best 60 sec film

19 09 2007

A new Zealand made film – ‘GRAHAM’ has made the 2007 Filminute Shortlist! 25 films have been chosen from 800 submissions from 45 countries to be presented from September 1-30. ‘GRAHAM’ is the only NZ submission to be selected which is pretty cool.

The film is a kooky mix of a animation and sound design conceived by sibling designers Paul and Kahra Scott-James. Paul’s past life in sculpture and visual design is personifed in the not so perfectly formed GRAHAM with Kahra’s sound design accentuating his anarchic yet comic world. Her 2-piece band O.D.D (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) complete the soundtrack with a cut from their aptly titled tune ‘quit’.

2006 attracted audiences from over 50 countries with 1.7 millions hits during the festival month of September and Head of Jury and Filminute co-founder John Ketchum has gathered an eclectic, contemporary, and international mix of luminaries from the filmmaking, literature, arts and communications industries. “I’m thrilled with the group we’ve assembled for 2007 and can’t wait to see how they judge what is bound to be an even stronger shortlist of
international films and filmmakers.”

Jury members include
Kevin Roberts – CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s leading creative organizations, employing over 7000 people in 83 countries. Also the author of Sisomo:The Future on Screen, a book that looks at the central role of sight, sound and motion and the impact these element have in accelerating emotional connections in the digital age.

Michael Ondaatje – Award winning novelist and poet whose Booker Prize winning work The English Patient was adapted into an Academy Award and Bafta-winning film by Anthony Minghella. Ondaatje is also the author of The Conversations: Walter Murch & The Art Of Editing Film, an invaluable non-fiction work that explores the uniquely powerful role of the editor within the creative process of filmmaking.

Samira Makhmalbaf – Award-winning Iranian filmmaker whose 1998 film Sib (aka The Apple) was accepted to the official selection at Cannes Film Festival making her the youngest director (18 years old) to achieve that feat.

Kenichi Kondo, The Mori Art Museum Tokyo – as a curator with a specialty in video art, Kenichi Kondo has been responsible for strengthening the Mori’s focus on contemporary art and culture through his various initiatives.

Klaus Eder – General Secretary of FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique), the international body of professional film critics and film journalists based in Munich. FIPRESCI awards carry great distinction and are given out at the world’s leading film festivals to films that advance the art of cinema.

Vot now on www.filminute.com

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