What makes a great one-minute film? The best one-minute films resonate beyond one minute and affect audiences the same way any great film does. The challenge, of course, is to do it all in 60 seconds – no more, no less.
Ichigo, Ichie is a Samurai motto, literally, “One time. One meeting”. It dates back to times when the warriors used to drink Matcha before battle. Every cup of the liquid jade could be the last, so better taste and enjoy – to its fullest – the good company, the beautiful art, and the delicious tea.
Make every moment count is a Filminute motto, basically, a film in 60 seconds – “no more, no less”. In a time-frame of merely one minute, many are the things you can do: change life, tell a story with a happy end, bid farewell and die, just die, love, leave suspension points instead of a happy end. Et cetera.
And many are the ways you can tell those things. The Filminute selection team reviews and chooses a shortlist of 25. The festival is in its 8th edition this year and features one-minute masterpieces from 19 countries and 6 continents. Throughout the month of September (1-30) you’re invited to watch, rate, comment and help decide the People’s Choice by voting for your favourite. One vote per person! Filminute’s international jury will decide Best Filminute.
1/25: The Death and Life of Desmond Wolfe
Dir. Brett Williams (South Africa)
Touching storytelling, masterly told in just one minute. What 60 seconds cannot hold, the viewer’s imagination takes over.
2/25: The Last Performance
Dir. Resa Moayedi (Iran)
Tic toc, tic toc, tic toc – shock. Makes every second count and leads you to a superb ending.
Dir. Andrey Levkovitch (Belarus)
Sound, colour, choreography. Add to this the geopolitical context, and you get what the Ukrainian acoustic band 5’nizza once called трудно понять легко догадаться, “hard to understand, easy to guess”.
To view, rate, comment and vote your favourite one-minute film from the 2013 Shortlist, please visit the Filminute official page.
Words by Jurga