Chilean short film in running for a worldwide competition organised by Youtube

Spooky and disturbing, ‘Luis’ is one of 125 short films selected from 23,000 entries that have originated from 91 countries.

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A short film by Chile’s Niles Atallah, Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León has made the shortlist for the YouTube Play competition which could see their video displayed in October at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

“Luis,” the second short video of the filmmaker’s series “Lucia, Luis and the Wolf,” is among 125 films to make this stage of the social video website and Guggeinheim Foundation contest, chosen from over 23, 000 submissions from 91 countries.

From the shortlisted videos, available for viewing on the YouTube Play website, a jury which included the likes of indie rock group Animal Collective, New-York based designer Stefan Sagmeister and director of “Requiem of a Dream” and “The Wrestler” Darren Aronofsky – will select the 20 best.

The 20 top videos will be presented October 21 at the Guggenheim in New York, with simultaneous presentations at the Guggenheim museums in Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice.

The videos will then be on display at the Guggenheim in New York between Oct. 22 and the 24th.

Among the criteria the videos had to meet was to be original, innovating and surprising, as well as a work that debates, discusses, tests, experiments with and elevates video. They also could be no longer than 10 minutes.

The Santiago-based trio’s stop-motion video runs at 3:50 secs. On the artists’ website, Diluviogallery, they say the video was shot frame by frame with a digital photo camera using charcoal, dirt, flowers, cardboard and other found objects.

“Luis” is both frightening and beautiful, skillfully shot in stop motion around a suffocating and windowless room. Between laboured breaths a narrator, Luis, tells a haunting story which plays out physically on the walls, furniture and debris around the room.

The film has already won awards – including a Special Award this year at the Animafest Zagreb 2010 World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb, Croatia and the ASIFA Austria Award, given to directors of the best film in the International Competition: Animation Avantgarde. It has been screened at numerous film festivals, including the  Short Film Corner, Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France and the International Trickfilm Festival, Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart, Germany.

Another Chilean film recently honoured was “The Maid,” directed by Sebastián Silva, which won the 16th Latin American Film Festival  of Catalonia as the best film from the region.

Click here to view the films shortlisted for the YouTube Play competition.

For more information on Chilean film, click here.