25 yer old Robert Reed was declared the winner of the Short Circuit competition with his short The Driving Test. He was presented with his prizeby Michael Winterbottom at the Raindance Film Festival.
The Short Circuit competition was the initiative of Dailymotion, a provider of user generated and licensed online video entertainment and Raindance.tv, a website featuring independently-produced feature and short films. Theorganisers received 120 submissions of one-minute shorts from new filmmakers from all over the world.
Reed's short depicts a driving test that ends with an unexpected twist. Hisprize consists ofa week at the Cannes Film Festival. The runners-up were Andrew Harmer's dark animation Graffiti and Susie Watson's The Wind Of Change.
The ceremony took place in the Rex cinema and club with a screening of the ten short-listed films.
Jury President Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Mighty Heart) said, 'when we launched the competition, I was curious to see what it would throw up, and frankly I was not sure if such a micro-format would simply prove impossible to master. In the event the quality of the films was very high, and the tight format and deadline seems to have acted as a real spur to the imagination - I was particularly impressed by the sheer range of work on offer, and would like to congratulate all those who took part.'