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IAC TOP VIDEOS 1990

A selection from the 1990 IAC International Film and Video Competition, featuring entries shown in mini-cinemas or in the Top Awards Show at movie 90, held March 24-25, 1990, at Regent's College, London.

1. ANIM ANTICS
Film Group 88 (Bournville)
While hardly a new idea showing what happens to the toys when the big people have gone to bed - this is an extraordinarily clever piece of animation in which the playthings are electronic ones - and sophisticated they are, too - brought to life by a wee spirit which materialises in their midst. Presumably the hardware assembled here is the very same wizardry that helped create the amazing visual effects on this fine video.
IAC International Award, Best Animation Award 1990

Animation/
Visual
9.mins


2. THE BECKONING
St. Cuthbert's High School Video Club (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
This is a dramatised account of what happens to five lifeboat volunteers. They are seen in their everyday lives and then responding to the coastguard's 'call', showing, as ever, disregard for personal safety to help sailors in distress. Staff members Frank Hodges and David Peffer were responsible for this very moving school video, in which more than 80 boys, aged between 11 and 18, took part. With acknowledgements to the Tynemouth Lifeboat crew for their assistance.
IAC International Award 1990; Top Ten Video 1989

Dramatised
Docimentary
10.mins


3. THE SHAPE
Ian Gamble (Surrey)
A science-fiction drama about the ultimate in machines turning the tables on its human creator, a mad professor. It's a tour-de-force of technical trickery and well-constructed yarn in the genre of a science-fiction cartoon strip, with a neat twist in its tail (or even its tale).
IAC International Award, Best Sound Award 1990; Top Ten Video 1989

Science Fiction
17.mins


4. LOST PROPERTY
Nick Brazil (Berks)
Two railtravellers (Alan Matthew and Diana Brazil) embark on a search at the Reading Lost Property Office for a long-lost, famous manuscript. The British Rail employee at the desk (David Edwards) proves to be surprisingly helpful. The latter role is brilliantly played and won the accolade of Best Acting Performance (Amateur) in the IAC's 1990 International Film and Video Competition. Based on an original idea by Tony Walters.
IAC Daily Mail Trophy, Best Video Award, Best Humour Award, Best Acting Award (David Edwards) 1990

Humour
5.mins


5. TOGETHER
Cape Town Film & Television School (South Africa)
A professionally styled, visually-pleasing music video by Lars Schwinges (16) and Michael Hutton Squire (13), made without adult assistance except in the sound recording. The song is good, too, performed by Genium.
IAC Gold Seal, Best Junior Award 1990

Music Video
6.mins


6. CHOOSE CRUELTY-FREE
Sean Mahoney (London)
A short, slick advertising video, supporting the campaign against the use of animals in laboratory experiments.
IAC Gold Seal 1990

Message
1.mins


Total running time 45 mins.

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