GIFs have the uncanny capacity to pass on or inspire a feeling in a matter of seconds — and now the circling smaller-scale recordings are getting their very own film festival. On Wednesday, August 15, Giphy and Squarespace declared the first ever Giphy Film Festival, a competition open through September 27 for content that is 18 seconds or less. This assures that somebody will win $10,000 for 18 seconds of GIF.
Giphy says that the small-scale films propagated by social media can be similarly as compelling, entertaining and imaginative as the substance in conventional film festivals. The Giphy Film Festival incorporates five distinct classes for the loop-able content — stop-motion, animated, experimental, narrative, and a wildcard (or “other”) classification. The challenge is available to GIFs with or without sound.
Giphy says the judges are searching for the most convincing, engaging, innovative and professional review entries for the challenge. Every category will have a finalist, while the best scoring category generally speaking will be granted a $10,000 money prize alongside a five-year membership to Squarespace.
The festival will be judged by a group that includes filmmakers, comedians and museum curators. The judging panel includes Mukunda Angulo (artist and filmmaker), Alex Bodman (Spotify Global Creative Director), Brooke Keesling (Director of Communications and Culture at The Animation Guild), Mona Panchal (Vice President of Digital at Topic), Joe Pera (comedian, actor and writer), Julia Rothman (co-founder at Women Who Draw), Rajendra Roy (The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art), and others.
Entries are open until September 27, with judging held amid the initial two weeks of October. The particular film fest bodes well for Giphy, the principal online GIF library and now the biggest, as indicated by the organization.
Full contest rules and entries are accessible at www.giphyfilmfest.com.
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