This years Beneath The Earth short film competition was an undoubted success – just check out the quality of the entrants and short list of films to choose from. While perhaps not achieveing the same broad-spectrum appeal as, say, Tropfest, BTE gave us some truly extraordinary short films this year, each with a style and individuality unique to their respective filmmakers. That’s the thing about short films, I guess: the filmmaker responsible has the ability to tell the story he/she wants without the constraints of studio interference or hinderance.
As I announced at the start of the year, yours truly has been selected as a member of the Grand Jury on this year’s Beneath The Earth Film Festival, and have spent the day watching and reflecting on the newly uploaded selection of films to judge on. As a judge, I rate each film on a selection of criteria, including story, editing, acting, soundtrack and the like. Voting for the public is also open via Facebook, so do these amateur filmmakers a favor and check out some of their material.
Mind boggling, powerful, confusing and stylish, The Animatrix is perhaps the ultimate way of extending the Matrix franchise beyond the three-film core. Each short film is animated differently, each story takes us somewhere new within the Matrix concept, and all are undoubtedly remarkable for their breadth of scope and style. If you enjoy the Matrix Trilogy, then the Animatrix is essential viewing.