Got a Minute? New York Minute Film Festival Wants Your 60-Second Masterpiece

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Got a minute? Make a movie. The 2005 New York Minute Film Festival wants your 60-second masterpiece. A new online film festival will offer cash prizes, cool gear, and a NYC gala to celebrate the art of rapid-fire storytelling.

Got a minute? Make a movie. The 2005 New York Minute Film Festival wants your 60-second masterpiece.

Aiming to be the first major online film festival to give both established and emerging filmmakers an opportunity to create, submit and earn widespread recognition for new works in a 60-second format, the 2005 New York Minute Film Festival is made possible with the generous support of Founding Sponsor Convergence, an award-winning visual media company based in Manhattan.

In addition to finding a new outlet for their stories and talents, entrants will vie for cashprizes, cool gear from festival sponsors, and a chance to attend a New York City screening celebrating the art of rapid-fire storytelling. Films of exactly one minute will compete in five categories – drama; comedy; experimental; animation; and music video. Submissions are now open, with online viewing and voting scheduled to begin on August 8, narrowing the field to 10 finalists in each category by November 2. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2005.

A panel of celebrities and industry experts will then review the finalists in each category to determine five overall winners, and will announce them at a celebratory screening in New York City on November 17.

The cost to enter one submission is $20. There is no limit to the number of one-minute films a contestant may enter. Part of the proceeds from the New York Minute Film Festival will benefit charities dedicated to closing the digital divide.

“We understand that not everybody has the time, gear or connections to make a feature-length film, but it’s easy to commit to sixty seconds. The challenge is to make it mean something,” said Chip Smith, Partner/Editor of Convergence, the visual media company that founded the festival and is donating the infrastructure to launch it. “That’s why we’re inviting people to share their stories in this format,” Smith added. “Not only do we want this festival to be accessible, we want to celebrate these sixty-second masterpieces so they can easily be viewed by millions of people.”

"The New York Minute Film Festival is a wonderful way of bringing the digital media revolution to life in a way that creates exciting content and more importantly enhances the filmmaking community,” said Jeff Cahn, another partner/editor at Convergence. "Those of us who love film - and who love what’s being made possible thanks to advances in broadband technology, digital video hardware and post-production software - are delighted to help create a new tradition that challenges us to have fun with telling and sharing stories in exactly sixty seconds.”

For complete information on festival prizes, rules and submission guidelines, please visit or email

Editor's Note: For complete festival information, digital images and high-resolution logos, please visit and click on "Press Room."

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