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Wednesday, May 10, 2006
NFBC Short Film Contest

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After I rode my bike to Winn Dixie last night to pick up some groceries, I spotted a cool short film competition in my Atom Films newsletter.  In the past, I've blogged about Tribeca, Sundance, and the online competitions hosted by Amazon and Intel.  This online short film competition is hosted by the National Film Board of Canada in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival.

You vote on the 10 entries and the winning film maker will get about $12,000.  If you're lucky, you might win a boxed DVD set, too.

In any case, you get to watch 10 very interesting short films for free:
  1. Covered - An actor describes the fickle nature of fame in Hollywood.
  2. Going Home - A man's painting comes to life to explore the painter's world.
  3. Love you, Joseff Hughes - A thoughtful and haunting tale of a young girl's first love.
  4. Undressing My Mother - A stark, honest narrative of the life of an aging widow.
  5. Auto Erotica - A surrealistic lust for vehicular status with good tuneage.
  6. Space Chase - Xgames competition for a parking space in a London garage.
  7. Ester - Video evidence that hippos and manatees are graceful water beasts.
  8. B Is For Bomb - A child narrates the ABC's of geo-politics and nuclear issues.
  9. Undone - A mother's comfort for the anxious woman in the twilight zone.
  10. Shopping In The Afterlife - The best mother day's a son could provide.

The one line descriptions of the short films in this competition are my own.  I hope my impression of the film doesn't inhibit you from watching any of them.  I added them to the list for my own benefit of recall of the films.

It was very surrealistic for me to watch "Shopping in the Afterlife" after just returning from my shopping at Winn Dixie.  Similar to that short, I seem to have some odd ability to attract total strangers who then engage me in conversation.  Most oftentimes, these people are elderly and lonely, perhaps.

Last night, I was exhausted from my bike ride to the store because it was like riding a gymnasium exercise bike inside the sauna -- hot and humid -- so I loitered around outside the store to catch my breath before heading home.  An old man was nearby, waiting for his wife and smoking a cigarette.  While it wasn't as surreal as the conversation I had with another old man the night before terrorists struck the World Trade Center buildings, I was a little hestitant to turn on the news today.  I just had a troubling feeling that these conversations are becoming forewarning talismen.

The old guy last night started out the conversation while I was unlocking my bike from the magazine stand to which I had secured it.

"I was just thinking.  When I was growing up in the 20s and 30s, I never had to lock my bike."

"Well, I grew up in Detroit. So, I possess a fair amount of paranoia about such things.  Better safe than sorry."

After about twenty minutes of me recalling the tales of getting hit by automobiles two-and-a-half times while riding a bicycle through out my life, the store started to close.  Still his wife had not come outside.  I worried that she might have forgotten about him.  I finally convinced him to go inside the store and look for her before they locked the doors.  At that, I took the opportunity to leave him to his own soap opera and head home in the night.

Check out those films.  My favorites were 1,3, 8 and 10, but they were all interesting.  You only have until May 22nd to cast your vote for your own favorites.

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Posted at 01:53 pm by John Furie Zacharias

J f Z
May 13, 2006   11:19 AM PDT
I've narrowed it done to two now: I like the blunt politics in "B is for Bomb" and I like the camera work and 'Six Sense' production of "Love you, Joseff Hughes."

It's difficult because they are both dramatic, but very different in their styles.
J f Z
May 25, 2006   03:09 AM PDT
They announced the winner: "B is for Bomb." I guess I do have some sense.

You can check it out here:
July 6, 2006   12:08 PM PDT
Get your work seen by a real Hollywood Producer, Peter Segal!!!!!
We're actively calling for submissions into the Hershey's Take 5 Film Contest and are excited to see what you have to offer. This is a great opportunity for up and coming filmmakers. Please find more details below. I have attached a poster that may be placed on your bulletin board or where ever you see fit. Please feel free to send this announcement to anyone you think may be interested in this great opportunity.

The Hershey Company is calling on aspiring filmmakers and movie enthusiasts to submit entries into its Take 5 Taste and Believe film contest. Consumers are invited to submit their own original video (up to 60 seconds) showcasing how far they'd go to get a Take 5 candy bar. More details can be found online at

Now through July 31, 2006

Who's the judge:
Veteran comedy director Peter Segal ("Tommy Boy," "Anger Management," "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps") is taking a break from the set of "Get Smart" starring Steve Carell to serve as judge for the Take 5 film contest and ultimately help select the winner.

One winner will receive a $10,000 grand prize
Four runners up will receive $500 each

Why enter:
Hershey's Take 5 Taste and Believe contest offers you the opportunity to have their short film reviewed by a top Hollywood director. The $10,000 grand prize will be the perfect based for you to fund their next project or purchase new equipment. By entering, aspiring filmmakers and movie enthusiasts will have one more project to list on their resume.

How to enter:
To enter, simply visit Online submissions will be accepted the week of June 26 through July 31. Enteries can also be submitted as early as today by mail to: HERSHEY®’S TAKE5® Taste & Believe™ Film Contest P.O. Box 677, Becker, MN 55308-0677. Entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2006 and received by August 4, 2006. One entry per person. Must be 18 years old or older to enter.

Kerry St. Joseph
For Hershey's

Thank You and Good Luck!!


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