The 25 shortlisted films are subject to both a public vote and a review by our international jury – luminaries from the fields of film, arts, story & communications.
The Filminute jury is responsible for the selection of BEST FILMINUTE and the awarding of five Jury Commendations. Jurors are asked to evaluate the one-minute films with the same discipline and criteria by which they might evaluate a full-length feature film, animation or documentary. We expect the best one-minute films to “resonate” beyond one minute.
MAILE MELOY (American Fiction Writer)
This year, Filminute is very excited to welcome the American fiction writer Maile Meloy. Maile’s novels and short stories have brought her many awards, including a PEN/Malamud Award,
The Paris Review‘s Aga Khan Prize for fiction, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
The acclaimed independent film director Kelly Reichardt adapted short stories from Maile’s Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It for her 2016 film Certain Women, starring Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, and Lily Gladstone. Maile has recently been writing for the Netflix series The Society.
Short stories are where Maile began, and she maintains a great respect for them: “I think writing short stories trains you to a kind of efficiency, because everything needs to count.” We couldn’t agree more!
ALIN TASCIYAN (Film critic)
This year, Filminute is very pleased to welcome back to the jury the well-known Turkish film critic, Alin Tasciyan. Alin is long-time, film critic, journalist and editor who has
also done extensive work programming cinema in Turkey. Alin was a film critic for many years with both the Milliyet Art Review and the Star Daily, and more recently for the culture & art website www.sanatatak.com. Her work programming cinema includes the screening of over 500 classic films for Turkish national television (TRT2). For TRT2 she is also currently making a weekly film analysis program.
Alin is also no stranger to film festivals! She is an advisor and programmer for all the leading film festivals in Turkey and has served (and led) juries for many of the most important film festivals in the world including Cannes, Berlin & San Sebastian.
Alin was the FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics) nominee for the Filminute jury in 2011. Since then she has served as FIPRESCI vice-president, president, and now Deputy General Secretary. FIPRESCI‘s important role in the world of independent film cannot be understated and we are honored and grateful to have such incredible support. Welcome back Alin!
INDIRA J GUHA ( Executive Producer)
Filminute 2019 welcomes Indira J Guha, an executive producer and media lawyer uniquely equipped to advise producers, founders and talent.
Most recently in London, UK, Indira executive produced the British hit musical, BEEN SO LONG, now on Netflix. She was also legal counsel for the English producers of the Oscar-nominated animated dramatic feature LOVING VINCENT.
Indira began her career working as legal counsel for the Motion Picture Group at Canada’s Alliance Atlantis Communications, eventually moving to Telefilm Canada where she oversaw the selection of projects for development, including feature film, low budget, and long-form documentary. The long list of films she’s shepherded features some of the biggest co-production films in Canada including films from notable directors, Fernando Mireilles, David Cronenberg and Sarah Polley.
As Filminute moves deeper into the world of development, talent and experience of Indira’s calibre becomes essential to ensuring we do it right. We eagerly look forward to Indira’s choices and evaluation and thank her for accepting our invitation!
NURI JEONG (Filmmaker, Best Filminute 2018)
As always, it is a great pleasure to welcome the previous year’s Best Filminute winner to the jury.
Nuri Jeong is a South Korean director, whose daylight
horror film Edge of Seventeen awed the 2018 jury with its “tightly spun tension, confident direction and subtle yet powerful use of sound design and special effects.” In addition to Best Filminute 2018, Nuri’s film also won the CineCoup-sponsored development prize which develops commercial length screenplays and television scripts. In between directing shorts, Nuri is a busy, Seoul-based freelance director whose work takes her all over the world. Great to have you with us again, Nuri!
SABAA QUAO (Filminute co founder)
Sabaa Quao is the co-founder of Filminute and a standing member of the jury since the festival’s inception in 2006. He is a career entrepreneur and has worked with marketing and
technology innovations and teams in over a dozen countries. Sabaa is currently building a social-media marketing venture to help companies and brands reach their audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. Was the new venture inspired by the success of Filminute? Absolutely!
JOHN KETCHUM (Filminute co founder. Head of Jury)
John Ketchum is the co-founder of Filminute and has been the Head of Jury since the festival’s inception. He has over 20 years of international film and marketing industry experience and, over
the past decade, has built a worldwide community of indie filmmakers and creative producers with whom he is now joining forces with to expand the initiative’s reach and support of both independent film and independent filmmakers.
J.Joly & Brian Wideen
Ignacio F. Rodo
Eva Van Den Bulcke
Tham Khai Meng
Santa Maddalena Foundation (2 votes)