Sunday, September 25, 2005


Ten Second Films

I was surfing the web today and stumbled across a website for The Ten Second Films Competition ( The competition drew more than 1000 submissions, according its creator and organizer, Candide Media Works (, a web and video marketing/production company whose clients include HBO Online, PBS and Warner Bros. In an industry where bigger is always thought of as better, a competition that encourages creative filmmaking and communication skills in a 10 second timeframe is intriguing. It got me to wondering... What might Frank Capra or Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg do if given only ten seconds to tell a story, convey a message or evoke an emotion? The winners of the first competition were announced earlier this year: First Prize (and $1000) to Walking Haiku directed by Sorrel Ahlfeld; Second Prize (and $500) to Rollerskates! directed by Mary Hawkins; and Third Prize (and $250) to The 7th Distraction directed by Daniel Watts. The films and their creators' bios, and other cool information, are available at Check them out. It will only take you 30 seconds!

Why isn't there an oscar for this?It seems to me that someone who can portray a clear and thoughtful message in ten seconds should be lauded.
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