But the judges gave their top award to a film made in Chicago through De Paul University's Project Bluelight, named "Speed Dating." Director Meghann Artes said it was inspired by how she tried to find a mate via speed dating before she married her husband. Right, the movie's sweet but plain heroine ends up confronting a hilariously undesirable cavalcade of "loser" men, ranging from one who looks like an insane serial killer to guys who obviously care only about sports or booze.
She finally meets a man with a beard — a very unusual beard.
They came from as far as China, France, Spain, Canada and New Zealand.
And the entry from Seville, Spain ended up not only winning the second-place trophy as evaluated by a panel of judges, but it also won the People's Choice Award, based on votes by each of the several hundred people in the audience at Hemmens Cultural Center.
Participants keep notes on one another, which they later submit to the organizer.‘Cut to many years later when I went to college at the University of Iowa.I didn’t actually know people could get a degree in filmmaking.There seems to be a strong gut reaction against whimsy as of late! I don’t see it as a sign of weak story telling, but an alternate route through exaggerated emotional expression.Brushed off as hipster/twee fluff, the films of creatives like Wes Anderson, Jean Pierre Jeunet, and other film makers who take care to present rich, vibrant colours and emotionally open protagonists, are being unfairly targeted for a so-called lack of substance. I take pleasure from the surrealist articulations of joy, and find them to be perfect escapes from a medium filled with drab, colourless stories.