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Longlist for the Very Short Film competition announced

1st February 2013
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The Guardian and Oxford University Press have announced the 12 entries longlisted for the Very Short Film competition.

The competition asked students to submit a 60 second film about a subject of their choice that would inform and inspire the judges.

Voting will close on the 26th February and you can view the entries and vote for your favourite here.

The winner will receive £9,000 towards their education and the three runners up will receive £250 worth of books from Oxford University Press.

The twelve longlisted films are:

Artificial Intelligence – Thomas, Oxford Brookes
Evolution – Sally, Oxford
Filmmakers - freedom fighters – Mahshad, London Film School
Geology – Maia, St Andrews
History of film – Billy, Bartholomew School, Oxfordshire
Homosexuality – Hannah, Birmingham
Manufacturing drugs – Matthew, Sheffield
Mass religious conversion – Mark, Oxford
Multiculturalism – Garlen, Oxford
Schrödinger's Cat – Joe, Manchester
Sexism – Phoebe, Bournemouth
Superconductivity – Christian, Bristol

Chloe Foster from the Very Short Introductions team at Oxford University Press said the quality of filmmaking was impressive.

“We were most impressed by films that conveyed a topic's key information in a concise way, were delivered with passion and verve and left us wanting to find out more.

“By the end of our selection process, we felt that each of the films had taught us something new or made us think about a subject in a way we hadn't before.”

Entrants covered various topics from scuba-diving, the history of film and quantum locking, all within the strict 60 second time frams.

Mahshad Torkan, studying at the London School of Film, based his entry on the political power of film.

"I am very thankful for this amazing opportunity that has allowed me to reflect my values and beliefs and share my dreams with other people," he said.

"I believe that the future is not something we enter, the future is something we create."

Maia Krall Fry, reading geology at St Andrews, said: "It seemed highly important to discuss a topic that has really captured my curiosity and sense of adventure.

"I strongly believe that knowledge of the history of the earth should be accessible to everyone."

The four films that receive the most votes will go through to the grand final on 20 March 2013.




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