They came from as far as China, France, Spain, Canada and New Zealand.
And the entry from Seville, Spain ended up not only winning the second-place trophy as evaluated by a panel of judges, but it also won the People's Choice Award, based on votes by each of the several hundred people in the audience at Hemmens Cultural Center.
For this reason, I am absolutely in love with this week’s short.
Director/writer Meghann Artes has created a lovely world in which her lonely protagonist Ava (Baize Buzan) seeks love from a speed dating session at a local bar.
I started out as a business major and hated every minute of it. I happened to take an elective film theory class and the teacher showed us Jan Svankmajer’s film “Food” and my whole world changed.
NEW YORK -- An amateurish comedy that sets up straw-man playboys to knock them over with the power of love, "Speed-Dating" seems designed to exploit the black indie theatrical circuit but hardly merits even a DVD release.
Sure, the cast of characters she meets are exaggerated tropes, but that is perfectly acceptable given the beautiful layering of mood and colour infused throughout the short, each as important in the story telling as the words in the script.
I also have to give a shout out to her cool stop-motion animation aesthetic that she has applied to her living cast.
Called' "Cowboys," the Spanish film is about a washed-up, divorced, alcoholic English actor who reluctantly agrees to take a job escorting a 5-year-old boy to a costume contest at a seaside carnival in Spain.
Comical hijinks there climax with a surprise twist as the actor learns why the little boy wanted him to be his escort.
“I’m trying to get the stories that aren’t told and the feelings that aren’t exposed. ” The “I” is Steven Loring, a 40-something-year-old fledgling filmmaker who is making his first full-length documentary film.