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18 Apr 2005
IOC News , museum-news-articles

Short, as in short film

Last week, seven video teams were at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne with a view to “keeping it short”: a competition with no winners and losers, just a race against time. The challenge: to write, film, produce, edit and present short sports-related films on the theme Celebrate humanity.

Seven teams
These seven teams, one from France, one from the Ticino, two from Quebec and three from French-speaking Switzerland, set to work with just one precondition: to film some scenes in the Olympic Park or inside the Museum. On Sunday evening, a dozen films lasting between two and ten minutes were presented to the public. The diversity, humour and quality of these short films delighted the audience in a packed auditorium!

Based on a fundamental principle
The basis of the competition is one of the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter: blending sport with culture. The Base Court association, whose aim is to promote short films, contributed to the success of this event through its experience and exemplary commitment.

Thousands of hours of footage in the Museum archives
At the Olympic Games, television is omnipresent, and enables millions of viewers to watch their favourite sports at home. Thousands of hours of footage are produced at every edition of the Games, then archived at the Olympic Museum. But only a tiny fraction of this is ever seen on the many screens inside the Museum. The “keeping it short” competition offered a highly original way of exploiting these treasures.
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