Prepare for the One-Minute Film Festival

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Film students and film buffs alike can display their work tonight at the Western Undergraduate Film Society’s One-Minute Film Festival.

The festival showcases short films created by undergraduate students.

“We like to see a lot from different faculties, but there’s also a lot of production going on within the faculty,” said Ryan Morrison, WUFS co-chair of communications.

“It’s mostly the film faculty, but we like to see people from visual arts and that kind of thing. [The festival] is an exercise in being as short as you can and making a point.”

Morrison said there is no theme this year.

“There are no criteria to get in and there’s no censorship,” he said. “Anything can go.”

This year’s number of submissions hasn’t been finalized; past festivals have had up to 30 films.

Besides short films, WUFS also hosts several Friday night screenings and festivals. The Production Co-op Database is another opportunity WUFS offers.

“People are in film for a reason, but we don’t like to think that we’re the only filmmakers at Western,” Morrison said. “There’s a lot of different people that are very involved in the filmmaking going on at Western.”

While some Western film students have been recognized internationally, Morrison said the One-Minute Film Festival focuses mainly on local and student work.

Past years have included animation, live action and digital imaging submissions. The festival serves as a preview for WUFS’s most popular event, the UWO Film Festival, which takes place in March.

Morrison thinks making short films might be more complex than standard feature filmmaking, adding the workload ultimately depends on the filmmaker’s vision.

“It depends on what you want to do,” he said. “If you want to make a one-minute animation at 800 frames per second, that’s going to be a lot harder than making a three-hour art film. It depends on the context.”

Morrison said the festival is fun for anyone who enjoys watching films.

“Just show up. Bring a friend. It will make you laugh. There’s a lot of funny stuff. Just do it.”

The festival takes place in Room 84 in University College. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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