the world has been my set
...and oh what a shoot"
A Christmas message speaks louder than words
AWARD WINNER: Palm Springs International ShortFest 2013: Second Prize Best Documentary
WORLD PREMIERE/ EUROPEAN PREMIERE:
25th IDFA 2012 (International Documentary Film-Festival Amsterdam)
special 25th anniversary 'One Minutes' program, of one minute films on the theme 25
November 15, 16, 17, and 22
Pathe Tuschinski and Pathe Munt, Amsterdam
60th Sydney Film Festival, June 10 and June 14
Premiere photos now online at: https://www.facebook.com/Official.Wendy.Dent
News release at: https://app.prweb.com/Main.aspx?Entity=Home&LanguageID=1033
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE:
Palm Springs International ShortFest, California, June 22 2013
(An Academy award qualifying festival, and the largest short film festival and market in North America)
Jury category AWARD WINNER; Second Prize Best Documentary
'December 25' was also featured, in a surprise extra screening, in the Palm Springs International Short Fest closing night awards ceremony.
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE:
LA Shorts Fest, 6 September 2013
(Academy Award and BAFTA qualifying)
OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER SCREENINGS:
- CANADA PREMIERE:
Vancouver International Film Festival 2013
29 September and 10 October 2013
- BAY AREA PREMIERE:
Mill Valley International Film Festival 2013
5 October & 8 October 2013
- EAST COAST PREMIERE:
The Hamptons International Film Festival 2013
October 11 at 3pm, and 13th at 8:45pm
- SOUTHERN US PREMIERE
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2013
October 12 & 17
- MID-WEST PREMIERE
Austin International Film Festival 2013
October 27 at 4:30PM, October 28 at 5:30pm, Hideout Theatre
- FLORIDA PREMIERE:
Miami International Short Film Festival 2013
- COLORADO PREMIERE
Starz Denver International Film Festival 2013
Plus more film festival announcements coming up
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT by Wendy Dent
“The context of the film is Christmas But it’s about much more than that. The log-line is ‘A Christmas message speaks louder than words’ because the film is also about subtext, and the things we don’t say at Christmas. There is subtext even in the logline- because it’s difficult for me to say anything about a one minute film without giving away a spoiler!”
Amsterdam’s largest newspaper, Het Parool, reviewed the film as a jewel of the program, with its film critic Mark Moorman commenting that the film compares to a Cannes award-winning film in just 60 seconds.
While the film was not eligible for prize nominations at IDFA as it was not in a competitive program, Wendy Dent received vigorous applause at the screenings. She also proved she had won over her audience with the first comment at a post-screening discussion: “Thank you - for a film I will never ever forget, in my entire life”.
Just a few of the many comments about 'December 25';
“I like it!”
"The perfect one minute film"
John Dentino (director of the IDFA premiere ‘For I Know My Weakness)
"Very powerful - It speaks directly to the power of words. So much communicated in just a few sentences”.
Professors at USC School of Cinematic Arts
Wendy Dent “created a meme... I had a laugh the other day when people around me asked what I was doing for Christmas and I said, deadpan, 'December 25 will never be the same again' and they all wondered what I was talking about. I could never have imagined a one minute doco would change how I think about something for the rest of my life but it has. That's a hell of an achievement”.
Slavko Martinez (Director of IDFA premiere 'Propaganda')
1 minute, HD
The one film was "shot" without actors, interviews, a camera, or animation, and created (solely by Wendy Dent) in about 15 minutes- making it a possible world record for the world's fastest film.
All rights are available for distribution. Further information available on request.
ONLINE REVIEWS and NEWS ABOUT 'DECEMBER 25' premiere;
Salty Popcorn Sydney Film Festival short film awards:
highlights 'December 25' as "one of the most powerful films of the festival", rated 4.5 out of 5
Australia's 'ScreenHub' names 'December 25' as a buzz of IDFA; http://www.screenhub.com.au/news/shownewsarticleG.php?newsID=45747
Australia's Encore Magazine;
Australia's IF Magazine;
Sydney Film Festival interview with Wendy Dent about 'December 25';
The Hollywood Reporter news about Palm Springs International Shortfest winners;
IndieWire news about Palm Springs International Shortfest winners;
OzDox: highlights 'December 25' as a highlight short film in Sydney Film Festival;
News of Wendy Dent's world premiere of 'December 25' at IDFA was also published on 75 TV news sites across America, plus the San Francisco Chronicle's SF Gate, Hollywood Industry & more;