» 100m sprint

Early in 2012, we put out an open call for submissions, which went something like this:

"At the time of writing, the world record for the 100 metres is 9.58 seconds and is held by the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. In March 2012 we will be screening 8 very short films at the Fierce Festival in Birmingham, where each film will be 9.58 seconds long. These 8 films will constitute the final of the 100 metres in our Decathlon. There will be medals for the 'winning' three as voted by the audience, and a lavish £95.80 prize for the gold medal holder. To that end, we are looking for 9.58 second artworks. They can be in any artform - performance, video, sculpture, poetry, installation, happening, drawing, animation etc - as long as the artwork is 9.58 seconds long, and can be submitted to us as 9.58 second video. We are looking for works which wholly embrace the 9.58 second-ness of the idea, and are either natively digital, or document a 9.58 artwork."

The 8 finalists' films were screened at mac as part of PILOT at Fierce Festival on 29th March.

The finalists were: Stacey Allen, Cormac Faulkner, Mark Hancock, Anthony Hopwood, Johnny O'Hanlon, Jay Langdell and Alan Van Wijgerden and the £95.80 prize was hotly contested. Our audience clapometer declared the results as follows:

Gold Medal Position to 'Boo!' filmed by Jay Langdell

Silver Medal Position to '9.58 Endurance' by Stacey Allen and Rachel O'Keeffe

Bronze Medal Position to 'Gloria P.' by Anthony Hopwood

You can re-live the final in all it's glory here:

Not all the filmmakers were able to be present on the night, and so some sent representatives to accept the medals on their behalf. Thanks to all those who submitted artworks, especially the finalists. Thanks to Alison and Megan for standing in at the medal ceremony. And thanks to Keir Williams for documenting the event.

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