Just a one-minute video, and you could be on the big screen
Hong Kong's such a hectic place that it makes sense to have a One-Minute Film Festival. Based on Brazil's Festival do Minuto, it has one rule - the videos must be no longer than 60 seconds.
The organisers say the time constraint levels the playing field for inexperienced amateur filmmakers so creativity trumps technical prowess. Mind you, with most of today's smartphones equipped with HD video-taking capabilities, even those with zero experience can be in the running.
The competition is in four categories, with corporate sponsors. There's the 'Be Stupid' category - named after fashion brand Diesel's current ad campaign - which will hopefully attract videos with content to rival the Jackass series; Cyberport's 'Connection' category for films with a technology bent; The Clean Air Network's sponsored 'Why I Love Air Pollution' category is self-explanatory, and 'RemakeHK' is for films giving a contemporary twist on local history.
The deadline for submissions is December 3 and the 10 best films - according to votes from the public and a panel of judges - will earn a spot on the big screen at the Grand Cinema, Elements mall, on December 10.
The festival is holding a free introduction-to-filmmaking workshop on Saturday, 1pm, at Polytechnic University. Visit www.oneminute.asia for more information.