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IAC RUNNERS-UP : MOVIE 1989

A selection of successful entries in the annual IAC International Film and Video Competition, premiered in mini-cinemas March 31-April 1, 1989, at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, London, as part of the movie 89 weekend.

1. SAVE THE WORLD
Woodmill High School (Dumfermline)
Pollution is making children ill and acid rain is killing the crops. What is the solution? The giant, an expert gardener, is called in to save the situation by spreading the Green message. . . Made by 12-year-olds with learning difficulties, this grew out of an environmental project under the guidance of Jessica Langford - co-ordinator of animation for Edinburgh's Film Workshop Trust, which teaches and offers facilities to independent animators in Scotland. It was a joint prize-winner in BBC TV's 1988 Showreel Competition.
Transfer from 16mm film.
IAC Silver Seal (Junior) 1989

Animation/
Message
3.mins


2. IN A POSITION TO HELP
Karen Snyder (London)
An animated sequence sets the scene on the outskirts of a major American city. A girl (Victoria Wetz) has her bag snatched by a youngster on a bicycle, who after rifling the contents throws it into a nearby scrapyard. While retrieving it she meets a strange young man (Roman Denis) who lives there. He has a bizarre obsession and asks for her help. . . Photography: Roger Schmitz; original music: Willie Murphy.
Transfer from 16mm film.
IAC Gold Seal 1989

Story
27.mins


3. BACK-A-YARD ON A SUNDAY
Cliff Moustache (Norway)
Papa Joe, an immigrant worker in Norway, longs to return to his homeland. His daydream of being back there on a Sunday gives him the strength to survive in a society of sky-high costs and unemployment.
Transfer from 16mm film.
IAC Gold Seal 1989

Story
b&w
8.mins


4. FLOATING ON AIR
Phoenix Film Unit (Essex)
Instructors Mark and Fran introduce a group to their one-day course at the Capital School of Parachuting, concluding with the breathtaking jump itself.
Transfer from super 8 film.
IAC Gold Seal 1989

Documentary
12.mins


5. KNOCKING ON ARMAGEDDON'S DOOR
University of Southern California (USA)
An intriguing insight into the individualistic world of the new 'survivalist' whose object is to be able to exist after the world-wide collapse of civilisation. "This will be the most stimulating event in the history of our planet," says survivalist author Kurt Saxon, who lives in Harrison, Arkansas, close to a US military base. "Those with the fortitude and foresight who survive it will have really done something!" The film also takes us into survivalist consultant Ron Hood's underground shelter, shows groups playing war exercises, known as the Survival Game, and visits Nancy and Morris Litwack at their Survival Store in Los Angeles.
Transfer from 16mm film.
IAC Gold Seal 1989

Documentary
25.mins


6. ZINAL CONNEXION
Objectif Super 8 (Switzerland)
Directed by Jean-Daniel Carrard and featuring hang-gliders Philippe Briod, Christian Court and Claude Soulier in a tongue-in-cheek, but spectacular and exciting, chase amid the snow-bound Swiss Alps to get back a stolen propulsion system which aids downhill skiing. Despite the name of the group, this was shot on 16mm film and transferred from that gauge.
IAC Gold Seal 1989

Visual
13.mins


7. FIGHTING
Günther Haller (Italy)
The introduction of a handicapped person into everyday life could be compared with the preparations for a battle which has got to be won. Roland, too, is fighting; fighting for a better future and to be more like his fellow men.
Transfer from super 8 film.
IAC Gold Seal 1989

Documentary
17.mins


8. OUT OF THE BLUE
Andrew David Hopkins (Devon)
In June 1986, the author of this film was interviewed by the Nottinghamshire Serious Crime Squad about the abduction, sexual assault and murder of a ten-year-old girl in March of the same year. His script is based upon a transcript of that interview. The maker is a BA (Hons) and a Creative Arts student. Shot on video 8 with a short insert of super 8 film.
IAC Gold Seal 1989

Story
b&w
14.mins


9. COFFEE-COLOURED CHILDREN
Ngozi A. Onwurah (London)
This is about the director's own traumatic childhood growing up in the North of England in an area where there were no other black children. She and her sister had a white mother and an absent, black father and struggled to make sense of their skin colour. The film concentrates on the hurt, confusion and damage to their young minds caused by a social culture that rejected them and the personal racism which they encountered. Made in 1988 at the St. Martin's School of Art. Ngozi is now a professional director and runs her own company making feature documentaries for cinema and television.
Transfer from 16mm film (includes footage blown-up from super 8 film).
IAC Gold Seal 1989

Documentary
16.mins


10. LIVES IN THE BALANCE
Pig Productions (Coventry)
A follow-up to their first video production, T.V. Love (available as lib. no: V 33), the pupils of Sidney Stringer School have drawn on a story by Tom Godwin entitled The Cold Equations, set in the near future. A lone astronaut, Roger, is on his way to Earth from distant Aeturnus to try to save Man from the pollution, racial intolerance and the destructive use of resources that have brought the planet to the verge of extinction. Roger's spacecraft has only enough fuel for one, so finding that he has an additional passenger, a stowaway, confronts him with a deadly decision. It's all a question of balance. . .
IAC Silver Seal, Best Junior Award 1989

SF story
10.mins


11. LIVE MANNEQUINS
Class Collective Productions (Staffs)
An allegorical drama about life in a fixed environment; the action all takes place in a corridor with three doors, one to the left, one to the right and one in the middle. A young man enters one of the rooms off the corridor to try to find out more about himself through being on his own, but he cannot escape the strange, repetitive madness of the sounds all around him and the characters he meets continually in the corridor. He realises he must break out of the situation, but his curiosity traps him there and he becomes a routine part of it like the others.
IAC Gold Seal, Best Youth Award 1989

Visual
16.mins


12. A DOG'S LIFE
John and the Meanies (Surrey)
With their previous comedy, I Wanna Be a Bidet (see lib. no: V 23), this group used an inanimate basin as the subject of their pop video; here, the heroine's dog, Fluff, is just as immobile - in fact, it is stuffed, even though she treats it as if it is alive and well. Set as an old-time melodrama, complete with Our Hero to save the day when the villain of the piece (in this case the dastardly Dog Catcher) comes along, the Meanies still find an opportunity for a colourful musical interlude featuring their latest pop song Dead Puppies Aren't Much Fun!.
UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
IAC Silver Seal 1989.

Humour/
music video
b&w/col
12.mins


Total running time 174 mins.

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