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FYI - Project Direct Finalists Announced!

This just in...

The judges have settled on 10 short films, out of several thousand submissions, for Project Direct, the annual short film competition brought to you by the Sundance Film Festival and YouTube.

What is Project Direct?

In a nutshell, filmmakers submit a 5-minute or less film that meets specific criteria, as provided by the competition's organizers.

This year, each film submitted had to somehow incorporate 3 items from a list of props.

The winning short film gets a special screening at the Sundance Film Festival this month, along with other prizes. Accolades are also awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place winners.

I wanted to participate, but found out about the contest with just 2 weeks before the December 14th submission deadline, and decided not to, given the limited amount of time I had available.

Today, I received an email announcing that the contest's judges have selected 10 films from all submissions, and they request that we all watch each film finalist, and vote for the piece we like most.

The film with the most votes wins the first place prize, and so on.

I watched all ten shorts, and can't say that there's any that I really love.

You can see all 10 of them for yourself here: YOUTUBE PROJECT DIRECT.

This below is one of the better of the bunch:


  1. Anonymous said...

    i started watching them. i've watched maybe 4 of them. my fav. was the joiners so far. the other ones were annoying. like the one about the sins. like does this movie have a plot? shorts are so hard to sit through sometimes.

  2. The Obenson Report said...

    I'm not impressed with any of them actually. I can't believe these are the best of the several thousand submissions they received. There must have been some really shitty entries!

    The winner will be announced in about about a week.

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