9.88 Films, the ultra-short film-making challenge supported by Channel 4 and Creative Scotland and part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, has revealed the shortlist of films that have made it through to the final judging stage.
After almost 600 entries from across the Commonwealth, there are 20 films on the shortlist, all just 10 seconds or under in length. They are:
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The Lifelong Short - Victorya Pictures
Destroyer of Worlds - Will Anderson
Glasgow Giant - FXDOP
Dependence - M H M Mubassir
Overlap - Mateo Ybarra
250 Frames - Tine Kluth, Regan Harrison
The Last Act - Kazi Ali Tamaddun
Colour Changing Drummer - NJC
Infinite - Sundeep Toor
Doug - Dave Young/Pod Films
Homey - Ben Garfield
Kitman - Alex Ayre
Smashed - Bjorn Tobiasson
Transitions - Aurora Fearnley
Launch One - J. P. Sendall
Groundsman - Dave Young / Pod Films
Hard Times - Sam Walker
Sausage - Richard Hunter
The Great British Polite Off - Robert Struan Duncan
Silhouette - Derya Erdem
Watch them here (after all, it'll only take just a few minutes!)
A high profile panel of judges will decide the three winners, as well as awarding a special student prize. Students are also eligible for the main awards.
Of those listed above, The Great British Polite Off, The Last Act, Overlap, Dependence and The Lifelong Short are from students.
Scotland and the UK are well represented on the shortlist, with five entries from Scotland and 13 from England. Two entries from Bangladesh (Dependence and The Last Act) show the popularity of 9.88 Films across the Commonwealth.
The challenge received entries from Singapore, Australia, Canada, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Malaysia and more.
The winning films will be announced on June 23, a month ahead of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in the city.
Prizes will include the opportunity for the films to be shown on Channel 4 and at screening events around the Games, as well as film-making equipment.
9.88 Films launched in January 2014, and invited film-makers from across Scotland, the UK and the Commonwealth to submit a film of up to 10 seconds on any theme, using any form of moving image.
The challenge was inspired by the current Commonwealth Games 100m record of 9.88 seconds and aimed to show how great moving images can captivate audiences in the same way.
The panel of judges is :
Paul McGuigan (Director, Gangster No.1, Lucky Number Slevin, Sherlock (BBC adaptation) and forthcoming, Frankenstein, featuring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.)
Iain Smith OBE (Producer: Children of Men, Cold Mountain, Alexander, Planet of the Apes, Seven Years in Tibet, The Fifth Element)
Beeban Kidron (Director, InRealLife, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason)
Christopher Young (Producer: The Inbetweeners Movie and Channel 4 series)
Menhaj Huda (Director, Kidulthood)
Coky Giedroyc (Director: The Hour, Spies of Warsaw, Carrie's War, What Remains)
Robert Florence (Writer, actor and comedian)
Nick Holt (Director/Producer: The Murder Trial, Between Life and Death)
Ruth Paxton (Director Paris/Sexy, Baroque, Nevada and one of Canongate Books' 40 Scottish Storytellers of The Future, 2013)
Stuart Cosgrove, director of creative diversity at Channel 4, who will chair the panel, said:
"The standard - and the number of entries for the 9.88 Films challenge absolutely blew us away. We had almost 600 entries - 592 in total - and from film-makers at all levels from across the Commonwealth.
"It turned out 10 seconds was more than enough for film-makers to shine - we saw everything from glossy dramas to uncanny horrors, poignant documentaries, brilliantly clever animation and very funny comedies. The standard of writing and scripting was extremely high.
"Whittling 592 down to a shortlist of 20 was incredibly hard, and we'd like to say to those that didn't make it - please keep making films! We were utterly impressed by the talent we saw."