To celebrate the new Green Heart of campus, this year’s One Minute Movie Competition invited submissions inspired by the question ‘how green is your heart?’. There were 12 entries from across the University, which were screened on Wednesday evening alongside a showcase of work by students in the Department of Film & Creative Writing.
After a welcome from Dr Richard Langley, the event commenced with two MA Guided Editing projects in the form of an emotive visual poem and a short documentary about how and why international students sometimes choose an English name. These were followed by Polymers, a dissertation comprised entirely of archive footage that, in keeping with our green heart theme, looks at the development and impact of plastics on our planet.
The second half of the evening comprised two more Guided Editing projects – comedy film The Guests and the more abstract My Platonic Odyssey – and an undergraduate video essay about the juxtaposition of veganism and masculinity in the media. Finally, the One Minute Movie entries were screened and the winning entries announced.
Five judges, including academics from the Department and industry professionals, had independently reviewed all entries. The winners were:
There was an impressive range of responses to the theme, and many that emphasised what was a tangible thread throughout the evening of the need for more sustainable lifestyles and the urgency to protect our environment. All the entries can be watched on the Department of Film & Creative Writing Vimeo channel.
A big thank you to everyone who entered the competition, our panel of judges, and to all who attended the event.
Jemma Penny, Placement Coordinator
Jun Zhang, Ruby Hartley, Dr Richard Langley and Rory Applin
This week we held our fifth annual showcase as part of the University’s Arts & Science Festival. For a third year running, the Department of Film & Creative Writing invited students across the University to enter our One Minute Movie competition on the festival theme of ‘Land and Water’, the results of which were announced at the end of the event.
We had a great turnout on what was a beautiful spring evening. As always, we screened a range of work produced by the most recent cohort of MA Film and Television students and it was lovely to have three of the filmmakers with us in the audience.
After enjoying films that included a documentary about fashion blogging, a drama inspired by the art of M.C. Escher and a cinematic travelogue, the audience were treated to the One Minute Movie entries in the second half of the evening. These had been independently judged by a panel of five academics and industry professionals, and with 11 submissions it was again a close-run competition for first place.
Congratulations to overall winner Robert Rushton-Taylor (MA Film and Television), who was placed first by the judging panel for ‘What Does Water Mean To You?’
The Department of Film and Creative Writing is pleased to announce the 2016 One Minute Movie Competition. Run in association with the University’s Arts & Science Festival, this opportunity is open to all Birmingham students, both undergraduate and postgraduate.
The challenge is to make a film on the theme of memory or forgetting (or both) that is less than 60 seconds long. It can be fact or fiction, literal or abstract; we want you to be as creative as possible. Specialist equipment is not a requirement and entries produced using smartphones or tablets are very welcome.
Winners will be announced at a screening event on 15 March 2016 and the first prize is an Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Runners up will receive Amazon vouchers.
If you have any questions, please email Dr Richard Langley email@example.com or ask Jemma Saunders in the Film & Creative Writing office (Room 415, Arts Building). You can also find out more on the department website.
The deadline is Friday 26 February at 1pm. We look forward to receiving your entries!
On Tuesday evening we welcomed visitors to our third annual screening event, showcasing work by recent alumni of the MA. At the start of the second half, entries to the inaugural One Minute Movie Competition were also screened, and the winners were announced. The judges were hugely impressed by the range of creativity in all the submissions and awarded first prize to Dan White (BA American & Canadian Studies and English Literature) for his film An Interesting Trip.
The runners up were:
Imran Qureshi Exhibition– Anastasia Kharchenko
22:00 – A team effort from Jack Crowe, Vafa Motamedi, Tom Lofkin, Anya Hancock and Cameron Blair.
A big thank you to all who entered and everyone who attended on Tuesday. Congratulations to the winners!
Left to right: Vafa Motamedi, Jack Crowe, Dr Richard Langley and Dan White.
The Department of Film and Creative Writing is pleased to announce its inaugural One-Minute Movie Competition!
This year, the University’s Arts and Science Festival (Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd March) is running on the theme of ‘Sight and Sound’, and we are asking you to submit one-minute films on that topic. You can take any approach you like – fact or fiction, literal or abstract, it’s up to you.
The competition is open to all University of Birmingham students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and the winner will be announced at a Department of Film and Creative Writing Screening Event to be held on the evening of Tuesday 17th March2015.
First prize is an Amazon Kindle Fire HD!
Your film must match the theme of ‘Sight and Sound’.
You must have copyright control of any audio or visual material that goes into your movie. This means either filming it yourself or using audio-visual material to which you have copyright permission. There are many sources of copyright free images, videos, music and other audio material available online that can be used under appropriate Creative Commons licenses.
Your film must not exceed one-minute (60 seconds) in length.
Deadline for Submissions
1.00pm on Friday 6th of March
Films can be submitted on DVD to the Film and Creative Writing departmental office (4th Floor, Arts, opposite the lifts) to Jemma Saunders or Dr. Richard Langley.
Alternatively, films can be submitted via a USB drive at the same location, again to either Jemma or Richard.
If you have any questions about format, content, copyright, or anything else related to the competition, then please email Dr. Richard Langley on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in attending the screening on 17th March, please email Jemma Saunders on email@example.com