What do rock formations, a tube of glue and a sports network have in common with Canadian short films? They were found in three competing short films in the September 20th broadcast of CBC’s Short Film Face Off. Tonight’s episode was Round 2 of the program’s short film competition, in which the winner will be awarded with the Telefilm Canada Short Film Face Off Award cash prize of $30,000, as well as $15,000 in equipment rentals from PS Production Services and Sim Digital.
Tonight, we were introduced to Michal Lavi (‘Glue’), Ruth Lawrence (‘Talus & Scree’) and Alan Powell (‘Sunday Punch’). Just like the shorts in last week’s episode, their films also dealt with serious themes. ‘Glue’ looked at a woman’s sticky approach to her troubled relationship; ‘Talus & Scree’ examined a woman’s painful memory of her sister’s accident; ‘Sunday Punch’ transformed a couple’s argument into a television sport spectacle.
After all the voting by the panel and studio audience was complete, Alan Powell won with ‘Sunday Punch’ and advanced to the final round. His film won a combined total of 12.0 stars. Lawrence’s ‘Talus & Scree’ came second at 11.0 stars, and Lavi’s film ‘Glue’ won third spot with a total of 9.5 stars. If you’d like to see the show or each film again, click on this CBC Player link : http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/Short+Film+Face+Off/
These three films were all enjoyable to watch. ‘Glue’ was fun and unpredictable because no one could have known what Sophie was going to do with that tube of glue. ‘Sunday Punch’ made me smile and laugh; the concept of turning a couple’s argument into a spectator sport with Rod Black and his colour commentary was a work of genius. ‘Talus & Scree’ was a very powerful look at a woman’s hard childhood memory. I have to defend Ruth’s use of the voice over. I actually thought it fit in with the film very well. In my opinion, although the majority of ‘Talus & Scree’ focused on the little girls, it was the grown sister who introduced this tragic moment to us and who finally found closure in the end.
Congratulations to Michal, Ruth and Alan for appearing on SFFO, and good luck to Alan’s run at the $45,000 prize!
Hey short film makers! Here’s some film making advice and tips from tonight’s contestants:
(Images and links courtesy of CBC Short Film Face Off)