The Phillips Cinema competition that called for filmmakers to submit a 3-minute film with only six lines of mandated dialogue wrapped up last fall while the rest of us were worried about back-to-school sales and getting a jump on our holiday baking. But the competition was so compelling and the short films that were submitted are so powerful, it's no surprise they keep steaming along on social network tracks. Let's keep that train rolling, shall we?
Sir Ridley Scott hand-picked this video as the grand prize winner, Keegan Scott's "Porcelain Unicorn." But don't stop at that one. The other honored films, all housed here, are worth a view (or four). Some of them are quirky, some funny, some tear-inducing -- but all of them pack a punch using only these words:
What is that?
It's a unicorn
Never seen one up close before
Get away. Get away.
There's clearly some very big budgets, a great deal of careful strategy, and even some big names behind many of the winners. Still, even the simplest stories manage to pull off something that makes me watch them over and over -- the feeling that I've seen a full-length feature when I've only watched one 3-minute wonder.
How do you think the filmmakers did in responding to this strict and fascinating challenge?
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