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Planet5D Short Film Challenge: Enter a Film Under 30 Minutes for a Chance to Win over $2,000 in Prizes

09.17.12 @ 1:48AM Tags : , , ,

Short film contests are often very restrictive in terms of their rules and the material you can submit. But what if you could enter any film you’ve ever made, regardless of genre, under 30 minutes? That’s exactly what Mitch over at planet5D is doing with the planet5D Short Film Challenge. The rules are as simple as they sound, and the rewards total over $2,000, including a Redrock DSLR shoulder rig. Here is Mitch introducing the challenge:

The prizes and important dates:

From the Challenge website:

We want to see your best work, that is, short films of any genre up to 30 minutes in length. Simply submit your film using our submission form. Each film will be rated by the public during our open voting round with the Top 10 films going on to be judged by planetMitch at planet5D! The winner will be chosen based on technical skill and storytelling ability…Make sure you sign up for the mailing list on the ‘challenge’ site as it will let you know who wins as well as letting you know when the next challenge will start.


Most festivals don’t offer near the level of exposure that this one does, and the best part is that you can submit anything you’ve ever made to be considered for the grand prize. You must also own the rights to everything that is submitted online — which includes both music and images, but if you’ve ever entered a film festival, this is usually the standard operating procedure. Mitch has also been kind enough to send along some free codes for NoFilmSchool readers. By entering the promo code “NoFilm” the entry fee is waived. This is limited to 10 codes and one per person, so if you want to enter, you’d better hurry if you want the entry fee waived.

Head on over to the challenge website for the rest of the details.

Link: planet5D Short Film Challenge

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  • Thanks for the tip, I was entry #1! :)

  • “Each film will be rated by the public during our open voting round”

    I simply hate these types of contests. This becomes more of “Who is a more aggressive advertiser” than “Who made a more enthralling film”. It’s all about how many people you can get to vote for your film. It has little to nothing to do with the quality of your work. Even though the final stage is decided by judges, the open voting round is using the filmmakers for the site’s benefit.

    Not to mention these unbelievably lame prizes; wait, I just did. This contest seems to just try and pull more traffic to their site by getting people to advertise their site for them… and pay for it.

    Good luck to anyone who enters. I’ll pass.

    • Doctor (and others)

      I appreciate the comments – I really do. People aren’t commenting on my blog post the way you are – maybe they’re too polite to say it to my face? :)

      It isn’t easy putting yourself out there in front of everyone… we’re trying something new and we thought opening up to a wide audience would be a good idea. Maybe it is too open – we’ll learn from that. But the good news is we will be running other challenges in the future.

      Lame prizes? Well, in this economy, it can be pretty tricky to get vendors to kick in stuff for an untried film challenge much less funding it yourself. I obviously was hoping for more – and plan to try even harder in the next one. Bigger prizes means more participation and fun and that was my goal (not to raise money – tho it does take a lot of time and effort to put on something like this).

      I’ve been asked several times to be a judge in similar film challenges and find it fun and educational. I hope that if you don’t find this one interesting, maybe the next one will be.

      Thanks to NoFilmSchool for posting and for all your suggestions and comments.

      • With much respect, only those posting on your blog is being polite? Really? I think the goal of NFS and other blogs is about elevating quality and experience. We all want to make a living and produce good work. Competitions like the one you propose has the potential of doing this, however without credible judging it falls flat. I also have to go back to the quality of the promo video that announces to contest. Production is bad, sorry, sound and color crossover does not speak to the level of quality that would elicit participation. When economies are bad and revenue is down, companies usually advertise and promote more, but more thought is placed into how it’s done. Advertisers want to know they are being placed in front of their audience, an audience that has the spend and influence. This promo doesn’t cut it and I feel comps like this would make other manufacturers hesitant in providing product in the future.

        • “With much respect, only those posting on your blog is being polite? Really?”
          Hey, I don’t know… nobody posted comments like the ones here on the planet5D blog – so I’m guessing they maybe had the same thoughts as you but didn’t want to hurt my feelings.

          “I think the goal of NFS and other blogs is about elevating quality and experience. We all want to make a living and produce good work. Competitions like the one you propose has the potential of doing this, however without credible judging it falls flat. I also have to go back to the quality of the promo video that announces to contest. Production is bad, sorry, sound and color crossover does not speak to the level of quality that would elicit participation. ”
          Don’t disagree with you – however maybe the video comes out here without the context of how I’ve been doing my “daily planet5D” posts on my blog (which this was a sample) – where I’m trying (and currently failing) to post regular videos to get information out as well as to show new products and to also learn along the way. Production value is an eventual goal (putting something out there is part of the learning process), but the main goal was to get a message out quickly.

          “When economies are bad and revenue is down, companies usually advertise and promote more, but more thought is placed into how it’s done. Advertisers want to know they are being placed in front of their audience, an audience that has the spend and influence. This promo doesn’t cut it and I feel comps like this would make other manufacturers hesitant in providing product in the future.”

          I’ve gotten lots of very positive and supportive comments from our advertisers and sponsors. They’re thrilled with what planet5D has been doing and has accomplished.

          Again, I do appreciate your input and I’m striving to do what you said: “elevating quality and experience” – we all hopefully are doing that!

    • to the “Dr”…
      Alright you made it three words into your post before using the word hate, talk about aggressive. Sure make your comments please, but what seems uncool is your violation of the spirit of this site, your one of those gotta ramp up the rhetoric types.

      Also I would not pay $35 to submit a video to this contest either.

      Please read the comment policy again:
      Criticism is valuable as long as it is constructive, but personal attacks are grounds for deletion; you don’t have to agree with us to learn something. We’re all here to help each other, so thank you for adding to the conversation!

  • Should sound quality on video be the same as the promo? Color crossover like promo required? I wonder how much planet 5d will make from entries. I too vote lame.

  • Roger Freeman on 09.17.12 @ 11:38AM

    I just recently tried out one of these popularity based contests and it kinda sucked to be honest! It feels a lot like multilevel/network marketing – you gotta hassle your friends to get anywhere. The fact that anybody can enter ANYTHING they’ve ever made sounds a little fishy to me – possibly just designed to drive traffic rather than create a good contest?

  • Johnny Unitas on 09.17.12 @ 11:44AM

    Never been a fan of Planet5D to be honest. Good luck to those who enter regardless.

  • john jeffreys on 09.17.12 @ 12:09PM

    Open voting is stupid. True talent gets buried under the legions of bloggers and attention whores. This is pretty much a short film marketing contest.

  • So if it’s a $35 entry fee and the prices are worth about $2000, then all costs are covered after 60 submissions (sponsors have probably given away a few of the prices also, if not all of them). And yes, open voting is also stupid in these kind of contests. Count me out.

  • wilfred Tangid on 09.30.12 @ 2:10PM

    To Whom it may concern:

    I entered the contest and paid the fee for my entry on my short film Sofia’s Doll and has linked it via IMDB, however, something went wrong and my video upload is unavailable on IMDB. Should I send you a hard copy by mail?

    Truly

    Wilfred

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