Nanaimo’s Hub City Cinema Society is accepting submissions for its One Minute Mobile Movie Challenge.
Island filmmakers have until Aug. 31 to submit a 60-second film shot on a cell phone or tablet. The 10 best entries will be shown at Hub City Cine Fest on Sept. 26 and 27. The winner, as determined by the festival crowd, gets the Selfie Award and a $100 cash prize.
This year’s judge is former Nanaimo resident and movie industry veteran Peter Kent. For nearly 40 years Kent has worked as a producer, actor, director and screenwriter and he was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stunt double in 14 films starting with The Terminator.
“Try and come up with a really creative idea, a concept, first,” Kent advised.
“I think that’s the main thing is what kind of story am I going to tell and how do I do that in one minute?”
Among the submission requirements, all films must be shot on Vancouver Island, may not include “coarse language, sexual or over-the-top violent content” and, in a nod to Kent, must include the phrase “I’ll be back.”’
“I want to see originality in the storylines themselves. It’s very difficult to make a character arc and a full story in one minute, obviously,” Kent said, adding that he’ll be considering factors like production quality, cinematography, music and acting.
“There’s a whole lot of different things that go into making something that’s as complex as this.”
For a full list of guidelines and how to submit films, click here.