Joey Ciccoline’s ’88:88′ Heads to Ridley Scott’s Your Film Festival
Short films are a tricky business. Everything is thrown off kilter as you’re asked to deliver an idea and convey an emotional landscape in a brief amount of time but with the power of something autonomous. But what exactly makes a good short film? Well, it seems that Ridley Scott has been searching for the answer to that with his Your Film Festival. Back in June, we urged you to vote for the short film, 88:88, a 14-minute science fiction wonder by Joey Ciccoline. The film was one of fifty selected by Scott, and, this morning, it was announced as one of the ten finalists. The lucky filmmakers will be flown to the Venice Film Festival later this month to showcase their work before a grand jury (which includes Scott and Michael Fassbender) choose the final film. From there, the grand prize winner will receive a $500,000 grant to make their own original content produced by Scott, Fassbender, and a first-rate team.
To say this is the opportunity of a lifetime seems like an understatement. For independent filmmakers, the chance to get your work seen and to grab Hollywood’s attention would typically be daunting task in the climate of today’s film industry. But with this festival, Scott has helped to give them an outlet as we explore a whole world of cinema lurking beneath the major studio productions.
Our money is still on Ciccoline’s 88:88, a film that is enjoyable and captivating for its brief 14 minutes and leaves its viewers craving for more. And isn’t that the point of who the winner should be? Not only because the film in itself is fantastic, but because you’re just dying to see what else this director can do.
The finalists are:
88:88, Joey Ciccoline & Sean Wilson (USA)
Bat Eyes, Damien Power (Australia)
Cine Rincao, Fernando Grostein Andrade & Fernanda Fernandes (Brazil)
The Drought, Kevin Slack (USA)
El General, Diego Pino Zamora (Bolivia)
The Guilt, David Victori Blaya (Spain);
North Atlantic, Bernardo Nascimento (United Kingdom)
Super.Full., Niam Itani (Lebanon)
Scruples, Adrian Powers (Australia)
This Time, Ramy EL-Gabry (Egypt)