One Show Film Festival

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April 18 is the deadline for submissions to the May 6 One Show Film Festival, entering its second year. The festival will feature indie films from ad folks of all flavors. Last year's event was a two-hour shindig that included films like Fish and Miguel (seen at left) from the team of Wieden & Kennedy producer Henry Lu and former CD Kash Sree (now at Leo Burnett), and one caustic tickler from Kuntz & Maguire, featuring a Tokyo family that takes a wacky hip-hop turn. Things have stepped up in 2003, now that the awards chair this year is Robert Downey, Sr., the director of the infamous ad satire Putney Swope. Eligibility rules are loose. Films must be under 15 minutes and should have been conceived or shot by someone at least tenuously tethered to the advertising universe. "It doesn't have to be a director or a writer," explains Steve Marchese, One Show manager and festival producer. What if the entrant works in the mailroom? "That's even better," he enthuses. "I would put that in before something by a director. I just want it to be fun and cool."
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