One Minutes are videos of exactly one minute, including credits. Worldwide, The One Minutes Foundation and partners are organizing exhibitions, country competitions, award ceremonies, TV broadcasts and in 2008 the Olympic One Minutes in Beijing. One of the activities of The One Minutes is the organization of a yearly award evening. An independent jury selects nominees per category, the nominated One Minutes are shown and the winners receive a tommy award, fame, glory and if possible a financial reward.

The One Minutes started in 1998 as an experiment at Sandberg Instituut, the postgraduate department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and grew into a worldwide platform with an archive containing over 15.000 films from makers of over 120 different nationalities. The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision has adopted the archive into their collection.

In 2006, the award evening was held on 19 November in Paradiso, Amsterdam. Additional award festivals can be organized in other countries by partners of The One Minutes and will be announced on their website. The Belgian Branch, hosted by the Hogeschool Gent, organizes, in collaboration with the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), the official Belgian open competition. The Awards were granted October 26 at SPHINX Cinema in Ghent during the ELIA conference 2006. Since 2016, East China Normal University and Shanghai Dragon TV have been organizing the yearly The One Minutes International Competition, which is broadcast by Dragon TV, Shanghai Media Group’ satellite broadcaster. The theme of 2019 is 梦想时空 Dream of the time space.

In 2002, The One Minutes Jr. was initiated by The One Minutes Foundation, European Cultural Foundation and UNICEF, organising workshops for youngsters all over the world. In 2015 alone, they went to Albania, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, The Philippines, South Sudan and Ukraine.

In 2014, The One Minutes started a new curated programme, The One Minutes Series focusing on the perception and understanding of the moving image. The One Minutes publishes a series of One Minute films every month, inviting a guest artist to conceive and curate a series. Film submissions are sought through an open-call format. The first of these new series was a contemporary remake of John Berger s documentary Ways of Seeing from 1972, called Ways of Something , compiled by Lorna Mills. The series was purchased in 2017 by Whitney Museum of American Art. Series were also compiled by David Claerbout, Cécile B. Evans, Samson Kambalu, Khavn de la Cruz, Nathaniel Mellors, Erkka Nissinen, Egill Sæbjörnsson and Cally Spooner. In 2019, Harm van den Dorpel curates a series Artificial scarcity which will be presented at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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