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'Gumboots' makes Filminute finals

By Lee Labuschagne     Sep 17, 2010 in Entertainment
A South African production directed by Cape Town-based Bauke Brouwer, is among the Filminute festival finalists - one of 25 finalists from 18 countries.
Gumboots, the first South African production to make the shortlist of the Filminute international film festival, was originally made in a longer version for the Durban Film Festival. It is now up against entries from the Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, Hungary, Iceland, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Poland, the UK and the US.
Now in its fifth year, the Filminute festival is open to both film and animation productions of exactly 60 seconds in length, according to Filminute director and head of jury John Ketchum. The festival is hosted entirely online throughout September, making it accessible to film lovers anywhere in any country. It is the only film festival that can be experienced in full in less than 30 minutes.
This year’s Filminute festival attracted more than 1 000 applications, and 25 finalists now face off against each other in one of four categories: "Feature Minute" (live action), "Animation", "Documentary" and "Fan film".
The Filminute organisers say "Audiences worldwide should be very entertained by this year’s very global and varied collection. From dark and threatening visions of the world, through to the most comedy of any of our annual collections, there’s truly something here for everyone. We may even go as far to say that the film are one reflection of what many of us are feeling in these uncertain economic times."
Gumboots is also in the running for the "People’s Choice" accolade, which is awarded by the audience. Anyone with a valid email address may vote (only once), and votes can be cast online. Winners will be announced after 30 September 2010, when the festival ends.
All the finalist films can be viewed in the online screening room at Filminute. They can also be viewed on Facebook. According to festival organisers, Facebook was responsible for 31% of the site's traffic on the first day.
Janine Erasmus writes in a MediaClub SA report that the South African movie industry has enjoyed international film fest limelight recently, with productions such as Themba: A Boy Called Hope, The Bang Bang Club, Life Above All, and Hopeville .
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