MONTREAL (RPRN) 07/10/2009â€”The second annual Montreal 60 second film festival, aptly-named M60, is set to kick off tonight, July 10. The festival, an unadulterated celebration of filmmaking, does away with the standard judge-jury-prize format, instead accepting films from any and all, from first-timers to Academy Award winners, as long as they stay within the required 60 second format.
All films are then pieced together and screened as a single film, forming a kaleidoscope of interpretations on the given theme.
â€œM60 is a festival that celebrates the best parts of cinema: good movies, big premieres, the spurs of the moments,â€ explains one organizer, Sean Michaels.
Why 60 seconds, you may ask? â€œYou only need 60 seconds to make a masterpiece,â€ explains Michaels, who, along with Toby Harper, Douglas Hollingworth, Lily Lanken, and Sylvan Lanken, launched the annual event last summer to sell-out crowds across all three screening nights and rave reviews.
â€œThe idea came on the eve of the lunar eclipse in 2008. No joke,â€ says Hollingworth. â€œWe were all sitting around Sala Rossa [where the event is to take place] talking. It was originally conceived as a film that was a series of 1-minute parts.Â As we got talking, we decided that it would work as a film festival.â€
Last yearâ€™s theme, â€˜In a Montreal Minuteâ€™, brought out films from Oscar-winner John Weldon and filmmakers who have worked on such critically acclaimed movies as Roadsworth, Who is KK Downey, and 300.
This yearâ€™s theme, a much-discussed guarded secret, will finally be announced at tonightâ€™s launch party. Filmmakers then have exactly one-month to write, shoot, edit, and submit their 60-second films.
â€œIt was originally supposed to be 60 films of 60 seconds, but due to overwhelming demand we upped it to 90 [last year] and now this year we have a cut off of 120 films,â€ explains Hollingworth.
Tonightâ€™s party is an opportunity to learn about the festival, chat with organizers and filmmakers, hang out with fellow film lovers, and celebrate cinema.
Registration, starting tonight at 9:00 pm, will take place during the kick off party. As usual, there are no registration fees, and participants will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis, up to 120-signatures.
Launch & Registration Party
Friday, July 10th
La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. St-Laurent
9:00 pm – Free