By Emma Campbell

Elm Staff Editor

On Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14, a variety of people attended a 60 Second Film Festival held on Washington College campus. It was the fourteenth year that WC hosted this event.

There were enough films to make the showings collectively last 12 hours.  The films were shown in William Smith Hall and Toll Science Center, lasting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

The purpose of the 60- Seconds or Less Film Festival was to celebrate work in film from people of all walks of life. Filmmakers were expected to submit pieces that fit the rules and terms determined by the festival coordinators. Awards were given in two categories: one specific to WC students and one open to all applicants.

Nancy Cross, director of educational technology at WC, organized and oversaw the event.

“This was our largest festival with more than 2800 submissions from 106 countries,” Cross said.

WC students John Leslie and Nic Job collaborated with a group of classmates to submit a short film to the 30 Minutes or Less category. Leslie and Job orignally made the film for a class assignment, but were so satisfied with the finished product that they submitted it to the festival.

“Short films are challenging in a similar way to short stories: the creator has to fit a beginning, middle, and end into a moment. Short film rests somewhere between photos and movies. We’re displaying the story of a moment instead of displaying a moment or telling a story,” Job said.

There were no limitations placed on film genre. Filmmakers were encouraged to submit anything and everything, so long as their work could be categorized as short films.

Alongside submissions from WC students were other entries from around the world, incuding “Aamir,” a finalist in the British Short Film & British Short Animation category by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, and two official U2 music videos.

For some attendees, the film festival proved to be a rewarding and inspiring experience.

“I was able to attend a few hours of the film festival this past Friday, and I was amazed by the range of films that came from all over the world. It was a great time watching other people’s work, and a great time creating a movie of our own,” Leslie said.

With the feedback from this year, the organizers of the 60 Seconds or Less Film Festival hope to make next year a new and improved version.

“This year was our transition year ­—next year will be bigger, better, and involve more of the campus,” Cross said.

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