Posts Tagged ‘contests’

Pitch Your Story to The Weinstein Company in Master Storyteller Contest

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

The Weinstein Company has partnered with and NextMovie to offer budding filmmakers a chance to pitch the company’s Development Executives your story via their Master Storytelling Contest.

The Weinstein Company continues to back huge successful films – most recently, “Django Unchained,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  Here’s your chance to add your title among this group.

Get all the details here via one of the partners:

Eligible submissions must be written treatments between 200 and 1,000 words in length, describing the premise and plot of your proposed film. The pitches have to be completely original ideas that have never been publicly published or submitted to any prior contests.

To enter, visit The Weinstein Company’s Facebook page or NextMovie’s Facebook page. After “liking” The Weinstein Company’s page, you’ll be able to access an entry form. The contest closes at 11:59 A.M. (EST) on October 3rd, so start writing! Good luck to all, and we hope to be reviewing your film and reporting on its Oscar campaign in the near future.

Source: NextMovie

Click on the image below to go to the Weinstein Co. Facebook page.

Prototype – The Search for the Next Great Filmmaker

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Prototype is an exciting new film competition from Break Media. The competition is looking for science-fiction, action and FX genre filmmakers. Eight finalists will receive $20,000 in production funding to make their short films. One grand-prize winner will be awarded a writing & directing feature film deal with New Regency.

The Phases


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From now until August 31, submit your action, sci-fi, or effects-driven short film script; a treatment for the feature version of your film; and a sample of your directing work.

They will be evaluating projects on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit, the sooner you’ll be in the running to receive $20,000 in production funding and the chance to win a feature film development deal with New Regency Productions.

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Eight finalists will be announced in mid-September and will be awarded $20,000 each to produce their short films.

Stay tuned throughout the production process for updates, photos and interviews from set and much more, all leading up to the premiere of the eight finalist films.

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Tune in for the world premiere of the eight Prototype short films in Early 2014.

The films will be distributed across Break Media’s digital audience of over 70 Million viewers.

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They will announce the Prototype Grand Prize Winner in the Spring of 2014.

The winner will receive a writing & directing deal with New Regency Productions to develop their vision into a full length feature film.


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The Steps

Here’s what you’ll need to submit:[framed_box]

  • Short Film Script – A five – ten page action, sci-fi, or effects driven short film script that is shoot-able for $20,000.
  • Feature Film Treatment – A 1-15 page treatment for the feature version of your short. A “look-book” that shows more of your vision is optional.
  • Directing Sample – A sample of your work – can be a short film, a reel, anything that shows us you can direct.[/framed_box]
[source: BreakMedia]


More Info:


Submit now!

Enter the Imagination Series Film Competition

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Bombay Sapphire and the Tribeca Film Festival have once again launched the Imagination Series film competition. The competition was first launched last year in an effort to give five filmmakers a chance to have their own short film produced, using a script written by Academy Award-winner (Precious) – Geoffrey Fletcher. Check out all the “Year 1” winners (here).

Adrien Brody Celebrates Imagination At The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival


The concept (Written by Geoffrey Fletcher):

The following screenplay contains just the dialogue and very little description. You may imagine its characters, its location(s) and its events in any inoffensive way that you wish.

You may add a scene in the middle with your own dialogue of up to 3 minutes in length. The dialogue for the beginning and end are set. The total film should be around 5 minutes in length.

Your characters can be any combination of people, creatures or objects, real or imagined. Feel free to place these characters anywhere (Earth or otherwise), in any time period (past, present or future) or in any genre (comedy, thriller or otherwise) using any style or production technique (live action, animation, photography, drawing or otherwise) that you wish to use.

When you come to enter your treatment you will be asked to enter a written overview (maximum 1000 words) and the dialogue for the central scene.

Good luck!

Here’s the script –

Before you enter, be sure to see Geoffrey Fletcher’s Hints and Tips.

You must enter ASAP because the competition closes on August 4 2013. Geoffrey Fletcher and Adrien Brody (plus other panelists) will then select their four favorite creative concepts. A public vote will decide the fifth winner. Then all five winning concepts will go into production and get to be presented at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014!

Moviebytes Lists ALL the Screenwriting Contests

Friday, November 30th, 2012

I wrote a while back about “Online Video Contests” about an aptly named site of the same name that has over a hundred contests. Moviebytes is very similar to that but its niche is to index ALL the available screenwriting competitions. Their Screenwriting Contests Directory breaks out all the different categories and genres. If you are an aspiring screenwriter, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Please apply a ‘buyer beware’ approach when entering any online competition that requires an entry fee. Moviebytes provides these databases “as is” and without warranty of any kind – so be sure to read their Terms of Service before entering any contest.

Online Video Contests – A Site That Has Them All

Friday, September 7th, 2012

I try to post as many filmmaking/video contests that are available online – but this site – Online Video Contests – has ’em all!

We are a resource for filmmakers, directors, animators, and amateur video enthusiasts to easily find (and win) video contests. – from

You can search and sort the types of contest that best fit your interest/needs from their easy-to-use “find contests” tab. They are currently running 165 total contests, with a cash value of $660,903. Check it out!



On My Block NYC Film Challenge

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

On My Block is a film challenge that brings communities closer together by inviting filmmakers to create short narrative or documentary (1-5 minutes) films on their NYC block . The only rule (besides being located in one of the 5 New York City boroughs) is that you can only use your neighbors within a one block radius for all the cast and crew of your film. Read all the rules and eligibility requirements here.

Also, check out their “Filmmaking Steps” for some production tips – like how to recruit your crew, Pre & Post steps and more.

Watch Ryan O’Hara Theisen, one of the co-founders of On My Block Films, explain the mission behind OMB Films and some of the benefits of being an On My Block filmmaker:

Once your film is submitted and approved, it’ll screen online on the OMB Vimeo Channel. After Oct. 31st, it goes offline and the top scoring (most amount of Vimeo Likes) 30 films move on to Judges round. They’ll pick the final 15 which will be screened at a yet to be disclosed location in New York City.

Submissions are open until October 31, 2012. Submit your film now.

Lars Von Trier – Project Gesamt

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Avant-garde (see Dogme 95) director Lars Von Trier (IMDB) announced this month the creation of a user-generated collaborative art project called Gesamt.

The concept gesamtkunstwerk can be explained as ‘the universal work of art’ or ‘synthesis of the art’. It refers to a piece of art that has been made up of many different types of art. Film is one of the only types of media which can accommodate several types of art forms at once. By using the idea of Gesamt in a user-generated film project we are taking the concept one step further: A universal work of art is not only created by many different art forms but also by a diversity and multitude of people. — from the official press release (PDF)

The project will be produced by the Copenhagen Art Festival and asks participants to submit their own reinterpreted films or audio pieces (up to five minutes in length) – inspired by these selected artists:

Paul Gauguin
Albert Speer
Cesar Franck
James Joyce
August Strindberg
Sammy Davis Jr.

Important Note: You can choose to reinterpret one or several of the artworks within the same material. But the six art pieces should NOT be depicted directly in your material.  If they are, your material will not be included in the final film.  Read the OFFICIAL RULES.

Lars Von Trier sets the rules (above), you create the material and the Danish director, Jenle Hallund will put it all together.


Gesamt will premiere on October 12. 2012 at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen.

Submit your film here (before the September 6, 2012 deadline).

Canon and Ron Howard Launch Project Imagination Again

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Canon is once again launching its photo-inspiring-film, user-generated assignment with director Ron Howard called, Project Imagination.  Last year was their inaugural project launch where they collected submitted photos that inspired a short film called, “when you find me.” Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard (28:44 – watch it below):

This year, they are looking for you to submit photos in 10 different tenets of storytelling. Here are the 10 themes:

  1. SettingAny location or environment
  2. TimeRepresents time of day or within history
  3. CharacterCan be anyone or anything
  4. MoodConveys atmosphere, tone or emotion
  5. BackstoryA history that promotes fuller understanding of the narrative
  6. RelationshipA relationship between anyone or anything
  7. GoalWhatever the character is pursuing
  8. ObstacleAnyone or anything in the character’s way
  9. The unknownCan be anything unexpected, a twist
  10. ?The 10th theme will be revealed at a later date (TBA in September)

A judging panel will then select the finalists. Ron Howard and a public vote will determine the winners. Then, 5 celebrity directors – actors Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, musician James Murphy, fashion designer Georgina Chapman and Twitter cofounder Biz Stone – will choose 10 photos, one per theme, which will inspire their upcoming films.

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Win $1,000 Scholarship in Fair Trade Colleges & Universities Short Film Contest

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (a non-profit campaign to institute ‘fair trade’ on campuses across the U.S.) is running a short film contest with a grand prize of $1,000 scholarship, a trip to Latin America with a documentary team – plus other prizes!  If you’d like to know what their organization is all about – check out this video (below):



The Contest:

Produce a short (30-90 second) film using your unique perspective as a current or former college student to explain the important role that students can play in the empowerment of farmers, workers, artisans and consumers through Fair Trade.


You must be currently enrolled or have been enrolled in an institution of higher learning in the past 5 years in order to enter.

Grand Prize –

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    • Trip to Latin America with a Fair Trade documentary team
    • $1000 Cash Prize
    • Keurig Coffee Brewer + a year’s supply of coffee
    • $250 Fair Trade gift card
    • A free trip to the 2nd National Fair Trade Campaigns Conference


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2nd Place Prize –

    • $500 Cash Prize
    • Keurig Coffee Brewer + a year’s supply of coffee
    • $100 Fair Trade gift card
    • A free trip to the 2nd National Fair Trade Campaigns Conference


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3rd Place Prize –

    • $250 Cash Prize
    • Keurig Coffee Brewer + a year’s supply of coffee
    • $50 Fair Trade gift card
    • A free trip to the 2nd National Fair Trade Campaigns Conference


The contest is open for submissions now – [highlight]click here[/highlight] for more information

This Year’s Roy W. Dean Summer Grant Deadline is Approaching

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The deadline for applications for The Roy W. Dean Summer Grant is June 30, 2012.  It is set up for documentaries, shorts and low budget features. The grant award is $1,000 cash and over $30K in donations for music, website creation, editing & post-production services – plus a lot more resources that are essential for you to make your film.  “We want films that are unique and make a contribution to society,” explains Carole Dean, president of From the Heart Productions – which manages the grants.  “We have been giving grants for 20 years and are proud of the films sponsored by us who have been shown on Discovery, Court TV, TLC and PBS.”  Full information on applying for grants and prior winners can be found here:

Carole Dean is also the author of The Art of Film Funding.  Her book is full of financing information along with guidance on music rights, legal requirements, fair use and other pitfalls that often cost filmmakers.  When you enter the grant you get a free 15 minute consultation with Carole Dean to improve your paperwork or discuss funding ideas.

Dean’s From the Heart Productions (a 501c3 non-profit) recently partnered with Indiegogo to support films that are fiscally sponsored by the organization.  Fiscal sponsorship is an ideal approach for financing documentary films.  This is a way for artists to apply for funding through a company that has a 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit status, which can make donations tax deductable.  Unlike Kickstarter, Indiegogo campaigns do not have to reach their full goals to receive the contributions.  So far, From the Heart Prod. has successfully helped filmmakers raise over $150,000 through Indiegogo.