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Gone in 60 Seconds: The M60 Movie Fest is Here

Posted by Jer / September 23, 2008

Grab some popcorn. Dim the lights. Click play on the video. Wait...don't get too comfortable...the film is only a minute long.

What can you say in a minute? That was the question driving M60, Montreal's 60 second movie festival. Participants had 60 seconds to film whatever they wanted and edit their flicks into glorious masterpieces or hilarious disasters. Judging by the exclusive compilation preview we have above, there's plenty of both and more in store when M60 screens the entries on Wed. and Thurs. night at Sala Rosa. I wonder what happens to the uber cute cat and bird, and those freaky witch dolls?

After setting filmmakers loose just over 2 months ago, the inaugural edition of M60
is finally ready for unveiling. When we first tipped you off to this quirky event, we said it would be a film fest like no other: no judges, no fees to enter, no prizes. Just pure unadulterated minute-long films (ed. note...check with M60 to see if any of the films are adulterated). True to their words, the organizers have taken all that participants could throw at them. Then they compiled the films and mixed and matched them for flow and effect. Although the original plan was to screen them as a one hour long rapid-fire film (i.e. sixty 60-second pieces), M60 was so overwhelmed with entries they decided to let creativity prosper (the run time is 70+ minutes).

High profile contributors like John Weldon, Anna McGarrigle, and Robert Ditchburn bump up against aspiring camera-wielding amateurs, so its sure to be one of the most diverse 70 minutes you'll spend in front of a movie screen this year.

So head out to Sala over the next two days and see how much can be said in 60 seconds. While you're there, give the organizers a pat on the back for adding such a unique fest to a city that bursting with them.

Film festival screenings:

LA SALA ROSSA, 4848 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, QC.
8:30 pm
Tickets: $7
Available now at M60 Headquarters



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