100 Words Film Festival

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100 Words Film Festival: Sold Out Crowd at the McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte, NC

The 100 Words Film Festival is an American event held annually in Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 2014, it celebrates concise, cinematic storytelling — each film must contain exactly 100 spoken words, requiring filmmakers to focus on the essence of the story. The word limit is a part of the festival's goal to democratize filmmaking by making it financially achievable for nearly everyone.[1]

Called "the visual Twitter" of film festivals[2] by former Saatchi & Saatchi global CEO Kevin Roberts, the festival draws entries from around the world[3] as well as critical acclaim from regional media. "This idea really does force people to rethink the idea of film storytelling, something Hollywood virtually never does any more. ... Limits liberate the best of these filmmakers, rather than confining them," wrote Charlotte Observer theater critic and culture reporter Lawrence Toppman[4] in November 2015.

Filmmaker Scott Galloway, founder of Charlotte-based media production company Susie Films, is the festival's founder and director.

2014 Festival[edit]

The inaugural edition was held Nov. 22 in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 700 at Charlotte's McGlohon Theatre, with 30 professional and student films. Winning entries:

2015 Festival[edit]

Kristin McCracken (left) and Deirdre Haj (right) give a special seminar at the 100 Words Film Festival.

The second edition returned to the McGlohon Theatre on Nov. 6-7, with 34 films over two nights. Winning entries:

It also included a filmmaker seminar, featuring a conversation with Shadow Distribution president Ken Eisen, actress/filmmaker Karen Young, and Academy Award-nominated documentarian Andy Abrahams Wilson.

2016 Festival[edit]

The third annual 100 Words Film Festival featured 37 short films on November 4-5 at the McGlohon Theatre. Winning entries:

Festival VIP party hosted at the Google Fiber space in Charlotte, NC.

The second day of the festival offered seminars from notable guests including Deirdre Haj, executive director of the Full Frame Film Festival, Kristin McCracken, of the Film Festival Alliance, and Robin Canfield, of Actuality Media. Some of the featured filmmakers and guests also participated in a “meet the filmmakers” roundtable.

2017 Festival[edit]

The fourth annual 100 Words Film Festival featured 30 short films on Nov. 3-4 at the McGlohon Theater. The first night screened a collection of 14 of the best films from the previous three festivals. The "best of" collection had recently completed a national theatrical tour—a first in the history of the festival. The second night premiered 16 entirely new short films. Winning entries:

This year was the first to feature a VIP party hosted at the Google Fiber space in Uptown Charlotte.

2018 Festival[edit]

The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto, Canada, home to the 5th annual 100 Words Film Festival.

The fifth annual 100 Words Film Festival took place at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto, Canada on October 14. The festival featured 15 new films submitted by filmmakers from around the world, including Canada, the Congo, France, Iran, Ivory Coast, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States. Winning entries:

  • “The Snag” by Isabelle Desalos (Best Professional Film): Camille’s night at the bar takes a bad turn when the secret she’s holding drives a wedge between her and Étienne, the man she’s interested in.
  • “Lights” by Blaine Pugh from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Best Student Film): A widower electrician battles loneliness in the rural countryside while attempting to fix a troublesome light.

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