FYI - Film Your Issue competition winners
Film Your Issue is a short film competition for Americans which encouraged people to do just what it said, film issues that meant something to them. The results are interesting with a few nuggets to be found, some well filmed shorts, some great stories, and some great combinations of both.
The judging panel raises an eyebrow or two as well, consisting of such names as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Rothman Fox Chairman, Ron Meyer Universal Studios President, as well as a bunch of other names.
One of my favourites is called Strike It Up by Molly Conners aged 26 of Albany, New York. It's a simple tale of how we're forgetting one of the easiest and best social tools we have, some might call it collaboration, interaction 2.0, or some other buzz word, but Conners says it wonderfully in her short film.
Go and have a look at the site and have a look at the winners as well as some of the runners up. You know I only wish that the competition was much wider than just America. Perhaps the organisers might think of expanding this, or maybe someone in Europe might pick up the torch and replicate the idea.
I never really warmed to shorts until I visited the Dead by Dawn Horror Festival this year where I was showered with shorts, and you know what? I was a changed man. The majority of these short films showed that you can do just as well, if not better, than a lot of mainstream movies can and in a matter of minutes.
See what you think. How do you feel about short films? What did you think of Conners short above and the other winners?