Winners of the 40 Seconds Straight film competition revealed
9th September 2011
The winners of the 40 Seconds Straight short film competition have now been chosen, as selected by the panel of judges and a public vote. The winning films are:
- Critics' Choice: Rubik's Cube by Francesca Sophia and Hayley Stuart
- People's Choice: Dating Made Easy by Peter Hein and Chris Polick
Run by Raindance, the UK's largest independent film organisation, and sponsored by insurer Direct Line, the competition invited budding film-makers to submit a 40 second film that made one of life's complicated situations straightforward.
The judges, led by actor and comedian Chris Addison, whittled down the entrants to a shortlist of the top ten films, before choosing Rubik's Cube by Francesca Sophia and Hayley Stuart as the overall winner of the Critics' Choice prize. Rubik's Cube will now be screened at the Raindance Film Festival this year, while the film-makers have won a trip to the Cannes Film Festival 2012.
Rubik's Cube is the first film Francesca and Hayley created after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University and is very much a family affair, starring Francesca's niece and with the soundtrack written by her nephew.
After an eight-week entry period and an intense judging session, the top ten shortlisted films were hosted online for two weeks, giving the public the chance to view the judges' favourite short films and vote for their favourite film to win the People's Choice prize of tickets to the British Independent Film Awards after-party.
After clocking up over 3,800 views, the People's Choice was overwhelmingly voted to be Dating Made Easy by Peter Hein and Chris Polick.
The competition saw an eclectic mix of entries flood in, including both the weird and the wonderful – encompassing everything from divorce and dating, through to how to create crop circles and fill in a tax return.
Along with Chris Addison, the 40 Seconds Straight judges included:
- Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance
- Alex Zane, film critic and TV presenter
- Jane Crowther, associate editor of Total Film
- Kerry Chilvers, marketing director at Direct Line
Francesca commented: “Hayley and I were elated when we won the Critics' Choice award. We thought about everything complicated and decided that a Rubik's Cube would work as its still the most complicated thing of all! We colour graded every frame of the film individually to give it a retro look and it took six hours, but I guess it paid off. As film-makers, going to Cannes is a fantastic opportunity to network and also experience incredible cinema."
Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance, commented: “We had some amazing entries and I was blown away by the wit, creativity and imagination of the film-makers. Rubik's Cube was my favourite as it is simplicity personified, with wonderful acting and direction.”
Kerry Chilvers from Direct Line commented: “I would like to congratulate our deserving winners and thank everyone who entered the competition – the standard of entries was so high. Dating Made Easy is a deserving winner of the People's Choice prize.”
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