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Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest Poses a 30-Second Short Film Challenge

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 30, 2012 at 11:27AM

In an age of 140-character missives and abbreviated everything, brevity--it would seem--is the soul of communication. This year's Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest is a challenge for those with a knack for (short) turns of phrases, a contest to take 30 seconds of video and make an audience cry with laughter.
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In an age of 140-character missives and abbreviated everything, brevity--it would seem--is the soul of communication.  This year's Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest is a challenge for those with a knack for (short) turns of phrases, a contest to take 30 seconds of video and make an audience cry with laughter.

The rules: using the phrase "Time Travel Is Fantastic" as a springboard, devise, create and produce a 15- to 45-second video that ends with the line "That's fantastic!"  Sure, it sounds a bit like a contest for marketing a new brand of "Fantastic!" tile cleaner, but what makes the Bumper Contest intriguing is what happens to the videos: Fantastic Fest will take as many of the entries "as posible" (they say) and play them before every film screening at the festival.

The top five bumpers will play at this Fantastic Fest's Award Ceremony, and the winner (to be chosen by the audience) will get two VIP passes to next year's festival.

For more rules about about submitting to the Bumper Contest, check out Fantastic Fest's website.

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