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

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Online Film Festival Celebrates the Art of Rapid-fire Video Storytelling

Got a minute? Make a movie! The 2006 New York Minute Film Festival wants your 60-second masterpiece.

Almost overnight, the mobile video and advertising category has emerged as the next step in the evolution of personal consumer media options. For major advertisers and entertainment interests, the race has already begun to figure out how to use video iPods, online video space and cell phones to get effective messages where the next generation of consumers will see them.

One of the pioneers in this video revolution, The New York Minute Film Festival (, launched the first major online film competition to showcase the

60-second works of amateur and professional filmmakers last year. Now, the second annual competition is set to open in late May, with entries accepted until early October and award winners announced in November 2006.

“We welcomed entries from filmmakers in 16 countries last year and are already fielding calls from around the globe as we prepare to launch the 2006 competition,” said Jeff Cahn, a partner/editor at Convergence and one of the festival founders.

The 2006 New York Minute Film Festival is made possible with the generous support of founding sponsor, Convergence, an award-winning visual media company based in New York. A portion of the proceeds from the New York Minute Film Festival will benefit MOUSE, a charity pioneering innovative technology-based school programs for inner city public schools.


  • Prizes - In addition to finding a new outlet for their stories and talents, entrants will vie for prizes that include software and hardware donated by festival sponsors and a chance to attend a New York City screening celebrating the art of rapid-fire storytelling.
  • Categories - Films of exactly one minute will compete in four categories – drama, comedy, experimental and animation.
  • Judges - A panel of celebrity and industry experts, as well as the public, will judge the videos to determine the winners. They will be announced at a celebratory screening in New York City.

•Entrance Fee - The cost to enter one submission is $20. There is no limit to the number of one-minute films a contestant may enter.

"The filmmaker's challenge is to tell a compelling story in 60 seconds. In this noisy world, where people are assaulted by a barrage of content, visual artists and advertisers have to find a way to break through. Our festival provides a forum where the minute masterpieces of creative communicators can be seen by millions," said Chip Smith, partner/editor of Convergence, the visual media company that launched the festival last year and is donating the infrastructure to support it.

"The 2006 New York Minute Film Festival extends the digital media revolution in a way that creates exciting content and, more importantly, enhances the filmmaking community,” said Jeff Cahn. "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.”

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