Best Festival - 2011
Ten Second Film Fest
Ten seconds might not seem like a lot of time, but participants in the Ten Second Film Festival have demonstrated that you can pack a lot of awesomeness into what amounts to a blink of the eye. Each year the Soap Factory hosts this fun, free party following the downtown Minneapolis Independence Day fireworks, which also includes cheap beer, live music, and local celebrities. Before the big event, gallery organizers invite folks to create 10-second masterpieces using lo-fi technology such as cell phones, laptop cameras, and iPods. Hundreds submit, but only the top 10 in 10 categories are screened. Past categories have included "Mindless Violence," "Moment of Zen," "The Kubrick Award," and "What the hell am I looking at?" What the hell indeed. Winners have included cute hamsters, smoky bubbles, and busted fingernails, and are determined by audience reactions during the screening.