Filminute is very pleased to announce the winners for this year's 6th edition of the festival on MUBI Garage. The collaboration with MUBI has been fantastic, allowing the Filminute festival and its filmmakers to reach a larger audience with not only the films but behind the scenes and background information as well.
This year the festival's top award, BEST FILMINUTE, goes to Aritz Moreno (Spain) for his film LOOP. In spite of a very strong race featuring some fantastic films, LOOP still managed to come out a clear winner – testimony to the film's original narrative, subtle direction and overall completeness. Audiences the world over expressed gratitude and awe at what this film was able to deliver in 60-seconds all making it a very deserving winner!
This year's 5 Jury Commended films, in order of preference, go to REVERIE (Belgium), OBLIVION (Netherlands), HAMBURGZ (USA), NO MAN'S LAND (Australia), and DOT IN THE LINE (Pakistan). It's worth noting that the last spot on the Jury Commended list had 5 films vying for it and required a great deal of discussion before DOT IN THE LINE was chosen. The close contenders for that final spot were NAUFRAGO, followed by FAMILY PORTRAIT, LEVEL 13, and CARA O SELLO.
This year's People's Choice Award goes to OBLIVION by Shariff Nasr (Netherlands). With audiences tuning in this year from a record 132 countries and festival engagement levels at their highest ever, the race was incredibly tight with OBLIVION narrowly beating out THE FALLEN, NO MAN'S LAND, with LOOP and REVERIE not far behind.
Finally, we like to extend special congratulations to this year's Top Rated winner NO MAN'S LAND from Dominic Chambers (Australia). For the first time in the festival's history a film has scored an average rating of 5-stars, underscoring one of the most powerful acting performances in a one-minute film we've ever seen.
Thank you to all the filmmakers for their fabulous films as well as for their incredible levels of interaction. Never before have we seen such keen enthusiasm and use of digital technology to promote and drive audiences to the films and festival.
And a special thank you this year to you the MUBI audience for your support and enthusiasm. We encourage you to all watch the 2011 Awards video, to comment on the films on the Filminute MUBI Garage page, and to follow us on the Filminute Facebook page where we will continue to share more insights about this year's festival and soon provide updates for Filminute 2012.
We will also have more in store for MUBI fans so stay tuned for an announcement in the coming weeks.