In today’s installment of Sunday : At the movies with On Deadline we recognize and celebrate young, entrepreneurial filmmakers who participated in YouTube’s recent 2009 Project Direct, an online international short film competition.
The winner had his short film screened at the recent Sundance Film Festival and the runners-up had DVDs of their short films distributed at the festival as well.
This sweet love comedy won the competition this year. The performance by the female lead is engaging and hard to not like and smile at. The film’s creator describes the film as follows: “¡Perfecto! is a story about perfect love for imperfect people. A small-town girl who’s a small-time thief falls in love with a Latin stranger she meets. Their language barrier may not stop them from getting married, but the police that show up might.”
WHITE COLLAR CRIMINALS
This film placed second in the competition and was a Canadian production pulled together in three days before the competition deadline and only at a cost of $200. The film is a crime drama, some describe it as a black comedy. Deserving of the accolades it received.
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
This film was entered in the Project Direct competition and though it did not win, it was a personal favourite of mine among a handful of others. It is moody and haunting and all takes place in one setting, in front of a bathroom mirror. The movie’s creator asks “What if you saw something you didn’t like…would you change it?”