Vimeo has just announced that they are going to award the best of the best online video’s in the fall of this year. Therefore, Vimeo invites video creators throughout the world to submit their finest original online videos. So go upload your best work and reap some awards! This promises to become an interesting collection of films.
Here’s a movie that immediatly got me interested. Pumzi is a short film that was written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu, a Kenyan woman who won a grant from Focus Films’ Africa First short film program. The movie tells the story of a distopian future 35 years after water wars have torn the world apart. East African survivors of the ecological devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface. Check the trailer below:
Looking at the trailer it seems the movie has a very cool retro look over it. Furthermore I find it very interesting to see a movie in another setting than ‘The West’.
Currently the movie is being showed at the Sundance Festival in the hopes to find someone who wants to finance the full lengts feature film version. And yes, things like this do happen; Not to long ago a short movie called Alive in Joburg found financiers and was expanded into District 9, of which you might have heard. Keep your eyes on this one!
In 2001, Brendt Barbur, Founder and Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. Instead of being deterred by this experience, it inspired him to create a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film. Now in its ninth year the festival is held in 39 cities worldwide. 250,000 people are expected to attend this year. Pretty impressive!
The Bicycle Film Festval celebrates the bicycle in all forms and styles. If you can name it – Track Bikes, BMX, Bike Polo, Road Cycling, Mountain Biking – it’s either been ridden or screened. What better way to celebrate these lifestyles than through art, film, music and performance?
To further promote the concept, they have created a bunch great trailers: