I'm happy to report that I didn't roll my eyes even once -- quite a bit of a surprise for me. I figured that with ad creatives of all stripes set free to make things without marketer control, there would be a lot of Art with a capital A (or, more precisely, what the writer/director/producer considered to be Art with a capital A. Happily for all involved, all of the films -- even the ones striving to reach Art with a capital A -- were entertaining. Perhaps because of the length restrictions -- and to curry favor with the audience -- the bulk of the entries were comedic. But there were a handful of serious films.
One of those, Scott Smith's "Waiting for God," we awarded runner up for best picture. It's a five-minute look at a store-front minister in Chicago. The overall winner was Dave Straus' "Futagoyaro," an animated short that impressed the judges when we thought it was a weird mash-up, but doubly impressed us when we found out Straus had actually animated it himself. Since the theme this year was "Curiosity," the judges handed out a most curious award to John Noble's "Interpretation," which ... ahh, just watch it.
You can see the three winners picked by the judges here. And I hear you can find "Trailer," the hilarious audience favorite, if you look hard enough on the web.