Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2011.

The One Minutes Africa competition is a co-production of Townhouse Gallery and The One Minutes Foundation and is meant to specifically showcase the work of video makers in Africa.

The One Minutes (TOM) is a brand name for moving images that last exactly one minute. It fits well in  the world of looking quickly, understanding immediately and it is a response to the influence of commercials, video clips and the increased affordability of camera’s, computers and access to Internet. The limited time frame forces the maker to think critically about what he/she would like to show us. The flexibility of the formula and the diversity of dissemination from the street to galleries, television and festivals make it an attractive and accessible contemporary art form for a broad audience.

This is a call for artists to submit their one minute videos for this competition.

There are 6 Categories to choose from:
   1. Spoken word & sound: The art of language and sound, ranging from oral history to the sounds of the    street.
   2. In my backyard: What is it like where you live? What happens there? Give us a sense of the place and    the goings-on that surround you.
   3. Where history begins: With real people in real places, history begins. Express your ideas of time and    experience, from ‘small’, personal histories to large-scale events.
   4. Micro-commercials: Small companies run by passionate owners
   5. Portraits: Even in a single minute, the essence of a person or object can be revealingly portrayed.
   6. Privacy: What does privacy mean to you?

Videos in each category will be nominated for an award. Prize winners will be invited to the awards ceremony hosted by the Town House Gallery in Cairo, Egypt, this coming September.

The entry form and copyrights agreement plus all technical details can be found at See also The One Minutes Africa Facebook page. Any questions? Email Devon Youngblood:

AuthorCato Litangen