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Got some ideas for a film? Now's your chance.

Posted at 3:21 PM on June 12, 2006 by Euan Kerr

A couple of fun-looking film contests have flopped across the Movie Natters transom in recent days.

One actually wraps up tomorrow, but that may well not be a problem. The Soap Factory's "Ten Second Film Festival" is looking for, you've guessed it, movies of about ten seconds in length.

Another important rule is the film cannot be shot with a movie camera. You can use a cell-phone, a digital still camera capable of shooting movies, or some other gizmo that performs the same function. There's no editing allowed, and entries can only be submitted via e-mail. The deadline is 11.59pm June 13th.

The Festival site provides all the rules as well as last years winners. They are a lot of fun and surprisingly evocative despite their short duration. (A warning: one film, "Judy's Birthday" is pretty close to R-rated.)

It even lets you size up the competition this year by posting the most recent entries.

The entries will all be screened outdoors at the Film Festival's Awards night on July 4th. The Festival organizers promise 10 categories, but admit they'll only decide on most of them after the deadline to they can smush the films together in ways that make sense, at least to them.

The other filmmaking competition out there is also a quick and dirty deal, which comes up Friday. The folks who run the 24 hour film challenge where competitors are given a scenario and a single day with which to make a film, have now decided to make a feature.

Folks turning up at the Bell Museum at the U of M 7pm Friday June 16th will get a scenario as in the past. However each set of instructions will be different. The scenarios are interconnected, but the filmmakers will not know what anyone else is doing. They will deliver their finished products at 7pm on Saturday 17th.

All being well, a week later the finished feature, comprised of all the short films edited together will screen at the Bell. It's going to be great! Just guessing here, but as the winning film will also be shown at the Bicycle Film Festival in July, there could well be bikes involved in the narrative too.

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