This week, we found out that the 60 second version of COMFORT HIM, won the ‘Best One Minute Film’ award at SIFF. So not only has the curse of being ignored by Scandinavian Region festivals been broken, but we’ve won here in Sweden. Awesome! So that’s the first award for this version of the film, but 6th award in total. Thank you so much!
The festival is planning to screen the winning films at the live event October 30-31st in Arvika – which will be the Swedish live premiere screening (and an amazing chance for us to see it in person on the big screen). They will also screen the films online around the same time so keep an eye out for details.
A road trip is definitely in order, for the local members of the team to attend in person. It’s just a shame that the rest of the team who live outside Sweden won’t be able to attend. But those who attend will still sing their praises and raise a glass to them.
One thing I have really liked about the festival is the communication. Initially I was reluctant to submit a film like COMFORT HIM to this festival, having many festivals ask us to do so and then later not selecting it (especially like other regional fests over the past year, swamped with submissions due to the pandemic). When judging it up against other shorts, which are designed with a very different experience / pay-off in mind, of course the film comes up short – as it’s a very intense but fast experience. In the past, this has resulted in festivals wrongly comparing it against those other very different films and then it judging it as lacking. Whereas, as a micro film, it really works – but the format is still quite new and many festivals haven’t yet learned about them and taken such ideas on board… But SIFF listened, and actually added a micro film category to their festival. How awesome is that!?! So we very much appreciate such openness and flexibility from a festival. And if you’re a filmmaker, you should check them out too.
There’s more good news on its way. Not related to festivals. But something bigger – subject to contracts etc… but I can’t wait to spill the beans when I know more.