AUDIENCE CHOICE WINNERS:
BEST FILM: THE LOST BAG (Saturday Film)
BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCES: ROADSIDE FLORIST (Sunday Film)
BEST MUSICAL SCORE: BUYO (Sunday Film)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: LOVE YOU FOREVER (Saturday Film)
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The MAY 2008 WILDsound short film event was split into two nights this month.
The regular Saturday event will be remembered by the WILDsound board for a long time. It was a successful evening but we would be lying to say that it was one of our better nights. The night was a struggle, bottom line. But these are always the evenings where you learn the most.
The Sunday matinee featured four longer short films, three that just played at the Sundance International Film Festival and the other a film from a WILDsound intern. This was definitely the more artistic screening as it was filled with experimental works and unique ways to tell a story.
One of the underlying themes for this month's event was CONNECTION! Connection individuals are looking for in their lives to feel full again as all of the main characters in each film have felt a loss of some kind.
The audiences reactions to the films this month were the most polarizing responses we've witnessed in the 18 month history of this festival. And that was why is was a struggle all around, especially for WILDsound's Host WES BERGER
The comments that keep coming back from the audiences throughout the first year this festival about short film-making in general are two main points that most of the films screened didn't do, which was why they were selected:1) There should never be a lapse moment in a short film. Every second counts. And usually a main problem with many shorts is that they are too long and they need to be edited down. There's a lot of greatness in many shorts but there is too much dullness in between the magic. People seem to be either too close to their material or have a hard time cutting their baby.
2) Many short films have too many themes going on and/or the theme is too large for the short film medium. The cliche line of 'Keep it simple stupid' should be reminded when people try to tell grand epics. The more simple the story, the more grand your message comes across. Entertain the audience first and then your theme will be present.