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One Minute Film and Video Festival

After rising to the challenge of making a one minute film about Intersections, the selected filmmakers had a chance to see their works on the large screen at the Bloor Cinema last night. As the audience lined up outside the cinema during a snow storm, the filmmakers gathered indoors, nervously preparing to judge and be judged on their interpretation of the one-minute film challenge.

The result was a mix of some quirky and some very well thought out films all about Intersections in one way or the other. While some films were literally shot at traffic intersections like Yonge and Dundas (

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- Alice Phieu, Andrew Ryan), some used the idea of the cross roads of life (What If - Sergei Petrov), to an animated game of deadly chess (Check - Sam MacKinnon). Some films moved through spatial intersections in very well thought out choreographs (Walking Through Sequence - Joe Hambleton) and others were just plain quirky (Moment - Kiran Sachdev).

My favorites included Harvesting Grudges (De Jongh Koen, Benjamin Gilles) - a story of two men seemingly in a chase, but they run right past each other when they intersect. Another favorite was The Kiss (Toma Waszarow), which was about a woman who shares her final kiss with a beheaded head, before her own beheading! I also enjoyed a couple of one-minute documentaries, although short for the genre, the filmmakers certainly got the point across in films like - See Me See You (Smita Bharti, Naina Kapur), and To Be With My Own (Brad Abrahams, Firuz Daud). Other films worth mentioning are Papi (Michael Sandoval) about a granddaughter's sense of play with her grandfather, and Geometry (Geoffrey Anhorn, Michael Lantorno).

The One Minute Film and Video Festival was a success in the sense that they had quite a diverse array of films and videos, from first time filmmakers to returning veterans of the festival. The show was sold out leaving many interested viewers out in the cold. The success of this year can only mean that the next will be an even stronger year with more entries from more established artists, while keeping their doors open to emerging artists from diverse backgrounds, and possibly adding another night of screenings to give more people a chance to catch this exciting festival.

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