Friday, March 9, 2012

AmérAsia's National Video Portrait / Smartphone Film Challenge screening

AmérAsia Film Festival is screening the competing films submitted to their 4th National Video Portrait Competition and to their first Smartphone Film Challenge.

The National Video Portrait competition required filmmakers to made a short piece from 30 seconds to five minutes in length on the theme "family." Prizes will be awarded by a jury panel and an additional prize will be decided by audience vote.

For the Smartphone Film Challenge, filmmakers were given three days to create a short film of four minutes or less on the theme "City vs. Country." Fifteen of the submissions were selected for screening tonight, and three will be selected by the jury for prizes, including a top prize of $1000.

A film that I made with some friends will be on of the fifteen screening in competition. Naturally, the short piece is called Smart Phone. Because it took me a while to write it and try unsuccessfully to find another actor, the entire production and post-production took less than twelve hours. But we are pleased with how it turned out.

Attending the screening will be filmmaker Christos Sourligas who mentored the Smartphone filmmmakers and who shot the feature film Happy Slapping entirely on a smartphone. The jurors will be Zhimin Hu, Bob Benedetti, Karen Cho, Denis Vaillancourt and Peter Rist.

The screening for both projects and the film Arirang by Kim Ki-Duk take place tonight at 6:30-9:30pm at Société des arts technologiques [SAT] 1201, Boul. Saint-Laurent.


National Video Portrait Competition

Take a camera and make a video portrait!

In the 4rd edition of this competition, Ciné-Asie invites you to explore the unique relationship between Asia and Canada using video as a tool of expression to paint the portrait of your experience! A jury panel will determine the winners while an additional prize will be decided by audience vote. This competition will be showcased at AmerAsia Film Festival on March 9 at the SAT.

This popular competition invites emerging filmmakers and video artists to explore the diversity of Canadian and Asian cultural heritage and how this unique identity informs in their world. All submissions are from 30 seconds to 5 minutes in length, and the selected short films and videos will be screened at this event. Three competition winners will be announced at the end of the presentation, and will receive an award for their contributions.

Smartphone Film Challenge

The Smartphone Film Challenge takes off this year at AmérAsia, inviting professionals and amateurs alike to expand the boundaries of cinema using the latest communication technology: the smartphone.

Ciné-Asie will also be providing mentorship and guidance by a specialist in the field to help participants fully exploit the still-unexplored potential of this increasingly accessible technology. Fifteen outstanding shorts chosen from amongst the submissions by the jury members will be screened on March 9 at the SAT, and the three best works will be awarded prizes.

THEME: City vs. Country

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