Festival seeks out silent-movie talent

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 November, 2008, 12:00am

The i3 Annual Silent Film Festival Contest is calling on young filmmakers, aged 13 to 21, around the world to submit one-minute silent videos.

Contest organiser iCUBED.us hopes to discover new talent and give budding filmmakers a platform to showcase their creative works.

Margaret Chen, editor-in-chief of iCUBED.us, said she thinks that the relatively slow development of Asia's creative industry was due to the conformist nature of Asian societies. 'All we need now is to begin encouraging young people to explore their own unique voices,' she said.

The silent films can include soundtracks but no dialogue, and participants can choose one of three topics: 'One Minute of Kindness', 'Yak Cheese' and 'Open Topic' - anything the filmmaker cares to share.

A panel of judges will select three best films and a representative from each winning team will attend a four-week intensive film making course at the New York Film Academy.

Channel [V] will broadcast the winning videos across Asia and the Middle East.

Registration deadline is December 1 and contestants have to submit a one-minute silent film by December 31. For more details, please visit www.icubed.us/node/gallery