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Film Festival launches ‘six word story' competition

How many words do you need to tell a story?

If you're the sort of person who can sum up a long-winded Dickens novel in one paragraph, then the Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) has just the competition for you.

While you're waiting for the BIFF festival to begin on March 18, you can tease your brain with BIFF's new six word story competition.

According to legend, someone once bet Ernest Hemingway that he could not create a story in just six words. He crafted the poignant: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

BIFF's competition will be run online on a monthly basis with a different film genre to work within each month.

This month, the focus is science fiction. So get penning your short and sweet masterpiece and post your creation at for initial public vote.

Two independent judges, Margaret Hallett and Cathy Stovell, will select the winner. The deadline is 12pm on March 14.

This year's festival includes more than 70 films across eight categories. The BIFF 2011 schedule will include 'Position Among the Stars' in the World Cinema category, directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich.

The film won the World Cinema Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2011, as well as the Best Feature-Length Documentary Award and the Best Dutch Documentary Award at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. Helmrich's film, 'Shape of the Moon', screened at BIFF 2005.

In the Special Presentation category, BIFF will be showing 'Themba' directed by Stefanie Sycholt.

The South African story has won multiple audience choice awards and been awarded the Cinema for Peace Honorary Award.

Ms Sycholt's feature, 'Malunde', also based in South Africa, screened at BIFF in 2002.

BIFF festival director Aideen Ratteray Pryse said: “Once again, we have a programme positively bursting at the seams with the latest and very best in independent film.”

BIFF has also launched a new web site,, which links directly to a custom ticketing site.

The festival is also looking for volunteers, over the age of 18, to help with a variety of tasks from manning the box office, taking tickets at the theatre and collecting festival guests from the airport to distributing posters and brochures around the Island.

For more information visit BIFF on or e-mail: volunteers[AT]

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Published March 09, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 09, 2011 at 8:54 am)

Film Festival launches ‘six word story' competition

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