Film festival for One Minute Movies

From December 1st to December 5th of 2008, PFC will host its second Online film festival for One Minute Movies called PFCOne. The whole purpose is to encourage the film maker in each one of you. You can use your cell/mobile phone, your digital camera, your camcorder, rent a movie camera, a video camera… anything that can capture a motion picture to shoot a one minute film that is based on an original story…

Submit your entries to us (instructions in PFCOne Submission Form below). Your movie will be shown on PFC between December 1 and December 5, 2008, where it will be viewed by an esteemed panel of jurors, who will select a winner and a few runner ups and award them with some awesome awards this year!!!

A few changes from last year. This year the festival is open to all – even PFC Authors – who can submit their one minute movie – AS LONG AS – it has not been shown at any other festival, screening or exhibition. Meaning – your movie will be seen for the first time by the world at PFCOne 2008.

All movies that follow the PFCOne Guidelines will be shown at the festival.

This year the jury will select the winners from the “COMPETITIVE SECTION” – this is the section where a PFC internal panel (who will not participate in the festival) will select about 50 movies from all the entries received and place it in the Competitive Section. Movies that are in the Non-Competitive Section will not be shown to the Jury but will be screened at the festival.

We will start a separate post in a few weeks time where we will list all movies that we have received, approved and confirmed for the festival. By the second week of November, we will announce the movies that will appear in the competitive section.

The Festival Schedule

August 5, 2008 to October 15, 2008 : Submit your entries

October 15, 2008 to October 31, 2008 : Late Entries will only be accepted with a late entry fee of US$15.

October 31, 2008 : Submission window is closed. We will not be able to accept any entries received after October 31, 2008.

November 15, 2008 : Entries in the competitive section are announced

December 1, 2008 to December 5, 2008 : The Festival. All entries, both in the Competitive and Non-Competitive section are shown on PFC.

December 5, 2008 : Winners are announced.

The Jury

(in alphabetic order)

Shashank Ghosh (director Waisa Bhi Hota Hain Part II, Quick Gun Murugan, Mumbai Cutting)

Amol Gupte (writer Taare Zameen Par)

Nishikant Kamat (director Mumbai Meri Jaan, Dombivili Fast)

Anurag Kashyap (director No Smoking, Black Friday, Paanch)

Christina Marouda (President – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)

Hansal Mehta (director Woodstock Villa, Jayate, Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar, Chhal)

Shridhar Raghavan (writer Khakee, Bluffmaster, Chandni Chowk to China)

Sriram Raghavan (director-writer Ek Hasina Thi, Johnny Gaddaar)

Revathy (actress, director Mumbai Cutting, Phir Milenge, Mitr my friend)

Navdeep Singh (director Manorama Six Feet Under)

Suparn Verma (director Acid Factory, Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena, writer Chhal)

The Awards

The winner of the PFCOne 2008 Festival gets to choose one of the following prizes followed by the runners up who select one each from the remaining prizes offered.

      Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi (imdb), project in early 2009
      Shashank Ghosh (imdb, PFC), project in 2009
      Amol Gupte, project in 2009
      Nishikant Kamat, project in July 2009
      Anurag Kashyap, project in 2009
      Hansal Mehta, project in mid 2009
      Sriram Raghavan, project in 2009
      Shridhar Raghavan, writing internship, project in 2009
      Gajraj Rao (imdb, PFC interview), internship in advertising
      Navdeep Singh, project in early 2009
      Santosh Sivan (imdb, PFC), project in mid 2009
      Suparn Verma, project in May 2009
  • Four weeks of Internship with one of the following esteemed filmmakers and writers (listed alphabetically)













All awards are subject to confirmation and start of the respective projects. All traveling, boarding, lodging expenses are to be borne by the winners. Based on the hard work, talent, creativity and other factors during the period of the internship, filmmakers may offer the interns, positions in their crew.


The Kieslowski Award

One of the winners or runner ups, will be personally selected by Hansal Mehta. The selected winner will be offered all production and financial assistance to remake his/her entire one minute movie in Super 16 or HD, that will be produced by Hansal. PFC will present this movie and forward it to various festivals the world over. We would love to see this offer extended to all winners and are trying our level best to rope in sponsors. As of now the offer is for one filmmaker among the winning entries.

The Details of your Movie and Submissions

1. Make a one minute movie based on your original story. You can use anything from your mobile phone to a professional camera to make the one minute movie. There is no restriction on the number of movies you submit to the festival, but each movie will be a separate submission on the condition that Your movie should not have been released or published anywhere online, video or television prior to the festival. No YouTube, Google Video and such submissions please, such submissions will be immediately rejected.

2. Your submitted movie will have the following parts :

Opening Titles (optional, will not be counted in the One Minute)

Main Portion – The Movie (required, must be one minute or less)

End Credits (optional, will not be counted in the One Minute)

The duration of the Main movie should be One minute or less. Any submitted entry where the main movie is above One Minute will be rejected.

Opening Titles + Main Portion + End Credits should be less than 75 seconds.
If the opening titles and/or end credits overlap with your main portion of the movie they will be counted in as the main movie – which means – the total length of your movie with opening and end credits will have to be 60 seconds.

3. Submit your movie preferably in .flv format (Flash). You may submit your movie in other formats as: .mov, .qt, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mpg or .wma but our preferred file extension is .flv – all those movies which are sent in any other formats other than .flv will first be converted by us to .flv before we view the movie. If there is a conversion failure due to any technical reason, we’ll have to drop your movie from the selection process.

4. a. Simply copy and paste the Submission Form below and fill in the requirements where asked. Upload your movie (point 4b) and then Paste the submission form (point 9) in an email, and email it to us at pfcone [at] gmail [dot] com

4.b. Upload your movie to a file storage website like, or Please DO NOT USE Rapidshare or such sites where we have to wait a few minutes or come back the next day to download your file.

5. Please do not zip your movie and please do not send us any other extension files. Please do not attach the submission form in a document, the submission form is to be pasted in the main body of your email and duly filled out. Your email should contain NO ATTACHMENTS.

6. You may send in your entries latest by October 15, 2008 with no fees. Between October 16th to October 31st, 2008 we will only accept movies with late fees. No entries will be accepted after October 31st, 2008 10 pm (Pacific Standard Time)

7. If you have more than one movie, please use a separate email for each movie, paste the submission form in the email, attach your next movie and email it to us. There is no limit to the number of movies you submit to the festival, but each movie should be sent separately with a fully completed submission form attached in each email you send.

8. Late submissions will be accepted between October 15, 2008 and October 31, 2008 with a US$ 15 fee. You must first pay the late fee and then submit your movie and form including the name you have made late fee payment in. Click the logo to pay late fees here –


9. Any submissions after Oct 31, 2008 10pm PST will unfortunately not be accepted.
If there are any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section of this post. Please note that there is NO ENTRY FEE for the festival if you submit your movie by October 15, 2008.

PFCOne Submission Form

The form and your movie should be emailed to us at pfcone [at] gmail [dot] com

Please paste the form below in the body of the email you send us along with your attached movie. The form and your movie should be in ONE email only. Unless otherwise mentioned, your information will be published along with your movie if selected for the festival. Please ensure EVERYTHING in the form below is pasted in the email, including your acceptance of PFCOne rules statement. We are unable to accept Entries with incomplete forms.

start copy***************** PFCOne 2008 Submission Form **************************

Email Subject : Submission for PFCOne 2008

Email Body:

Your Name:
Your Email:
Your Phone: (will not be published)
Your City, Country:

Are you the one who made this movie?
If no, please only enter Name, Email, Phone and Location of the one who made the movie in the above four lines.

Title of your Movie:

Brief story synopsis (in 15 words or less):

My movie is uploaded at: (please enter complete link to your video to download)

I have read the PFCone Rules and Disclaimer and accept and agree to all points mentioned in the PFCOne Rules and Disclaimer at

(Enter your Full Name here)

*************************************************************************end copy

Tools and Tips for making your movie

(list compiled by PFC Authors)

This festival aims at giving wings to your thoughts. Nothing should come between your idea and realizing it in the film. Having said that, we are aware that technology can get tiresome at times, and can distract you from your train of thoughts. So do read through these tips to help you realize your dream:

1. You should find out how compatible your recording source (phone, camera) is with the software that you have. You can easily find that in the product manual of the camera, or the help pages of the software.

2. Once you have figured the compatibility, find out what size and format does the file take once you transfer it to the computer. Now you might have a rough footage that you will feed in the edit software. Most of the editing software compress/transform the file once you upload it. You should do a rough calculation, after looking at the size of this raw footage to ascertain how big your final, one minute film would be.

3. You might also have a sound sample that you want to mix/overlap it on the film footage. Do find out how the final footage size varies with/without the sound mixed.

4. Once you have the final film ready, it is always advisable to keep a separate format ready for projection screenings. The film might look good on the website but might get pixilated once you screen it on a projector. The same holds good for the sound quality of the film. Make sure you keep the room for this in pre-production.

We have some links to help you out with the readily available software on the web:

Editing Software


File Format Conversion

Conversion to .flv

Wikipedia list of screenwriting software

File Compression

Free Online Music Libraries

Music through Easy Licensing

Notes from Moby from the website:

i’ll keep this brief.
this portion of, ‘film music’, is for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.
to use the site you log in(or on?) and are then given a password.
you can then listen to the available music and download whatever you want to use in your film or video or short.
the music is free as long as it’s being used in a non-commercial or non-profit film, video, or short.
if you want to use it in a commercial film or short then you can apply for an easy license, with any money that’s generated being given to the humane society.
i hope that you find what you’re looking for,

Some helpful links on Free Music and sounds:

For Macintosh

Do remember, you won’t get any freebies, so demos/trial version, and most of them are for the latest OS, so if you have got the old OS, then its no use.

Spread the Good Word

We encourage you to spread the word around and lend your support to the festival. Please email the following link to everyone you know :

If you have a blog or a website we encourage you to put the PFCOne info on your website by adding the following

Copy and Paste the following code on your website: Banner: 300 x 152 px

<a href=”″><img src=”; /></a>

Sponsors and Advertisers

With the first PFCOne 2007 receiving more than 150 films, this is your chance to target a highly concentrated group of cine lovers, fans, film students and cinema fanatics including film makers, screen writers, producers and the young & restless talent who are already in or about to enter the creative world of cinema. Click here to see our sponsorship packages. We’ve made it easy for you to buy your preferred sponsorship package online in a matter of minutes.


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