Monday, June 27, 2011

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection: K.O.

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection

The YoungCuts Film Festival is pleased to announce that it has selected Dan Basone's short film K.O. as one of our Top 100 International Short Films for 2011. The film is also shortlisted for consideration as Best U.S.A. Film.

Kelly Boxing.


The Official Final Deadline of the YoungCuts Film Festival was June 15th. While we will only announce our full selection of our Top 100 around July 15th and while there is still an opportunity for films that we haven't received yet to trickle in after the deadline, we thought that we would begin announcing some of the films that we know will be included in our Top 100.

These won't be announced in any kind of order and they should not be interpreted as any kind of ranking, just that we have all the material for this particular film and that we do consider it one of the Top 100 short films by filmmakers 25 and under that we have seen (and will see) out of more than a thousand films that we have screened from more than 30 countries.


Don with an opportunity.

Dan Basone

Written and Directed by Dan Basone

You might think that since two of the Festival's judges (including the Festival Director) are involved in wrestling that films about the fighting arts would have an easier path to getting into the Festival.

In fact, the experts tend to be harder on these films, more alert to the cliches, more critical of moments that ring false.

K.O. tackles the unwillingness of athletes to retire and give up on their dreams even when they know that they are no longer able to compete. It does so with honesty and grit and then throws a left hook out of nowhere that gives this film a resonance that few boxing films reach.


The Bridge

Runtime: 15 min : 23 sec
Completion: May 2011
Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Connecticut)
Synopsis: Kelly Olmeda a former boxer, now trainer has experienced plenty of pain in the sport that he loves. Never reaching his potential due to mental and physical problems derived from boxing, Olmeda will have to overcome a lot more than preparing for the main event to fully understand his problems.


Kelly is skeptical of Don's offer.

Filmmaker Bio: Daniel Basone is an American filmmaker from New Canaan, Connecticut. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011 with a bachelor of arts and sciences in New Media Film. He is currently working on his first feature film with his older brother Mike which is being shot in Connecticut. K.O. was Dan's first directorial debut.

Kelly getting advice.

Filmmaker Age: 22


Kelly considers his future.

The 2011 YoungCuts Film Festival will begin on Thursday, September 29th. Stay tuned for details on how to enjoy the amazing films that we will be presenting including K.O.!

Kelly by the Ocean

The larger mandate of the YoungCuts Film Festival is to find and create paying opportunities for young filmmakers. We mainly do this through our sister site Filmmakers who submit to the Festival receive the equivalent of a paid subscription to the site for free. We have already been able to find Dan a paying gig in his home state of Connecticut for a project for and we hope to be able to find more projects for him in the future.

Cue "Final Countdown"

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