No Win, No Gong
"Chippy's Independence Day" premiered at the Loft Cinema's First Friday Shorts and neither won nor lost. Failure was an option since it went 2:40 past Gong eligibility and had nary a line of dialogue, just a rodent gathering nuts for storage. It was the first time I'd seen the audience use applause to fight the shouts for the Gong (which were many). Yes, Cuteness enabled survival. Emcee Max Cannon (cartoonist of Red Meat fame) expressed his surprise that it didn't place better at the end, but I knew the drunk chef in "Cooking Parrotfish with Eze" was going to steal the audience's short attention span. On to the next movie... and photo shoots.