One Minute Film Festival showcases variety in student film

Ann Karneus

From Snapchat videos, to animations, to a French sock’s journey, the One Minute Film Festival included a multitude of film genres and mediums. 

Put on by the Fine Arts House (FAH) each year in Kimball Theatre, the event started at 7 p.m. and showed a wide variety of student-made films unified by the their length of one minute or less. 

FAH members announced each video before they began and gave each one an aptly named award, such as “Best Hot Dog” or “Best Animation.” Senior English major Henry Adams submitted six separate installments of an alien on Snapchat dancing to a Lil Uzi Vert song, which drew lots of laughs and garnered the titles “Best Alien” and “Best Series,” among others. 

Another parody – done by senior film and media studies major Beej Haas and titled “The Ratio” – was a dramatized narration of the administration taking revenge for the tree falling on campus last week and ruining their 1:1 tree to student ratio.

Each person who participated received a piece of candy as a prize for every film they had submitted at the end, so for those who submitted multiple videos, it was a great success. 

Kei Castillo, the resident assistant (RA) of the FAH, planned the event with her housemates and was excited about attendance this year. 

“We [the FAH] have about four events per semester and this is our second event so far. It had a higher turnout than our last event, which is awesome,” Castillo said. 

Castillo also said that most of the planning was concerned with advertising to get people to submit their films. Their efforts proved to be effective; about 33 films were submitted.  

Senior Olivia Waltner enjoyed the range of content submitted to the festival. 

“I thought that it was a fun idea because it made making art really accessible — anyone could participate. Some people took it pretty seriously, whereas some people submitted videos of Snapchat stickers, which led to an eclectic collection,” Waltner said. 

The Film Festival showcased creative directing of all types and a surplus of short, engaging materials, so there was never a dull moment.

Audrey Mace, a sophomore film and media studies major and filmmaker, particularly enjoyed the more professionally shot films.

“It was cool to see all these films with completely different stories, personalities and technical level shown back to back…You could easily spot the films that had been story boarded, shot with a real camera and [were] concerned with good angles and editing,” Mace said.  

With a good turnout and an engaged audience, the annual One Minute Film Festival returned to campus. It was a good opportunity to produce fun, short form content, and gave students the ability to put as much or as little work into their creations as they wished.