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As we’ve mentioned before here at NFS, FilmConvert is one of the best film stock emulators we’ve seen. This program allows users to give their digital footage that much desired cinematic look by using the color information of specific cameras to determine how a specific film stock could best be represented using that sensor. Now, FilmConvert is asking filmmakers to enter their cinematography competition with videos processed by their program. Hit the jump for info on rules, prizes, and how to enter. More »
One of the things I love about Film Courage is actually, well… its name. Filmmaking is not always an undertaking free of dread. Murphy’s Law seems to like hanging out around film sets. It can be terrifying. It can be difficult, exhausting, maybe even unrewarding. Sometimes, you need to be brave to make movies. All too fittingly, FC recently shared a post in which a young, relatively unknown director was honored with (or condemned to) the unthinkable: “Directing an A-List Actor When You’re Not Even on a List.” Needless to say, excitements — and anxieties — ensued, but courage saw her through to the end. More »
If you’ve had a dream of making an action, sci-fi or effects-driven film, but lacked the funding and resources to make it come true, you’re in luck. Break Media and New Regency Productions have teamed up to bring you the Prototype competition, which will award 8 finalists with $20,000 to make and distribute their short films. One of those lucky filmmakers will go on to win a feature film development deal with New Regency. All you need is a short film script and a vision for the feature version. Details on how to submit after the jump. More »
If you are sitting in a coffee shop right now reading this article on your laptop instead of finishing your screenplay, order another bottomless coffee ’cause it’s time to crack to whip! The Slamdance 2013 Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition final deadlines are rapidly approaching on June 25th. And if the joy of the experience of writing a screenplay and submitting it into a competition isn’t reason enough to get you going, perhaps the biggest prizes in Slamdance’s history will get your fingers working. Check out the details after the jump. More »
By now, if you’re planning on submitting a screenplay to the Academy Nicholl Fellowships, hopefully you’ve already done so. If not, your time to submit is quickly dwindling. The final deadline for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Wed. May 1, but don’t wait until the last minute. Get your screenplay submitted now so you’re not freaking out about whether your submission made it into the system on time. Check out the details on how to submit below. More »
With mobile devices pervading our daily lives, and even evolving the method with which we capture and distribute video (apps like Vine are getting lots of hype), it seems as though Mozilla has selected a pretty timely theme this year for its global video competition Firefox Flicks. So, if you’re looking to make a video that is 60 seconds or less, get said video judged by celebrity judges, and win great prizes, then the 2013 Firefox Flicks wants you to “Get Mobilized!” More »
This is a combination PSA/light a fire under your a** post to make sure you are writing, rewriting, and rewriting some more to get your screenplay ready for the Academy Nicholl Fellowships regular deadline of Apr. 10. I’ll be honest, my latest script will not be ready by that deadline (needs a little more seasoning – okay, a lot more seasoning), but if you’ve been diligent, hopefully your script will be ready. Otherwise, it will cost you another fifteen bucks for the late deadline on May 1. Check out current stats on this year’s competition and details on how to apply below. More »
Who wants to get their hands on the RED EPIC-X Pro Collection? Well, if you’re like me and your couch-change is a little shy of $48,260, then you may want to consider submitting your short films and/or stills to HDVideoPro’s 7th Annual Emerging Pro Still & Motion Competition. Presented by RED, Zeiss, and Adobe, HDVideoPro and Digital Photo Pro are teaming up this year to award the photographers and filmmakers who submit their best work. Here’s an example of what you can find in the competition’s motion gallery: More »
New screenwriting competitions appear all the time, as we discussed earlier this week here on NFS. As always, when evaluating a competition, I consider what it will do to further the career of an aspiring screenwriter. So when the Chinese government decides to launch a screenwriting competition specifically for U.S.-based screenwriters of any nationality, that’s not a screenwriting competition you hear about every day. Don’t start firing off your script just yet, though. You want to enter this contest? You’d better have a story that takes place in Beijing. More »
As I’ve mentioned on NFS before, I think screenwriting contests should be evaluated on what they offer entrants to launch and further their careers. Many won’t really help a new screenwriter launch or further a career, so when a new competition is announced, I’m always a bit skeptical. Nevertheless, the new Equal Writes competition presented by We Make Movies and Duly Noted has me intrigued as they are looking for smart, rebellious, diverse genre films that can be produced for $250K or less, and they want seven finalists to pitch their movies in seven minutes in front of three producers and a live audience for the chance to get their movies made. Want to know if this contest is for you? Check out the details below. More »
Most screenwriting competitions are simply out to take your money. They won’t help you with your career. In fact, writing a great screenplay and making industry contacts who may then consider your screenplay will help you with your screenwriting career much more than a screenwriting contest. In other words, hone your screenwriting skills and cultivate industry relationships. So, as far as screenwriting competitions go, if you submit to any at all, I suggest only submitting to those that can actually help you launch or further a screenwriting career. As such, very few meet this criteria. One of the few is the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, now open for applications for 2013. More »
Dead Can Dance has been making their particular kind of mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful music ever since I was but a tot. After disbanding for about 7 years, they reunited in 2005 for a world tour, and last year they released their first studio album in 16 years, Anastasis. Now the band is teaming up with Genero and reaching out to filmmakers everywhere to create a music video for the opening track of the album – Children of the Sun -- and compete for a chance to win £3,000 ($4,740). More »
Last year, 86 teams competed in the first annual Louisiana Film Prize, and one lucky team walked away with $50,000. Now, the 2013 iteration of the LAFP has just kicked off, and once again they’re offering a cool $50,000 for the best short film shot in the northwestern section of the Bayou State, as well as $500 prizes for each of the 20 finalists. Here’s the details on the competition’s rules and how to enter: More »
It’s not often we have the opportunity to combine what we do with fundraising and awareness for a good cause — not to mention potentially win some serious gear as prizes for doing so — but recently, Philip Bloom has given us the chance to do just that. With mustaches. In the spirit of Movember, men allow that key area of facial hair to grow wildly and unchecked (or, finely trimmed and groomed, that’s fair game too) for the duration of November in a showing of support for prostate and testicular cancer research. Now, Philip is offering a chance to win a wide array of prizes from a formidable roster of affiliates for our support. There’s also a film competition, which also offers the chance to win big! Read on for more details and some of Philip’s videos. More »
Some of you have had problems with it, some of you haven’t, and some of you might even do it, but Alamo Drafthouse has a strict policy against it. What am I referring to? Talking and texting during movies of course. The Alamo is a specialty theater that serves real food and beer during the film, and they take their no talking or texting policy very seriously. There have been some great PSAs that have played in the theater and online that reiterate this policy, and now the Alamo Drafthouse is asking you to create your own PSA, with a chance to win $1,000. Check out the video below for an introduction. More »
Hard drive company G-Technology is holding their annual contest for professional and amateur filmmakers (as well as photographers and musicians): The Driven Creativity Competition USA. Filmmakers can submit in the Short Film, Animation, and GoPro Active categories and will be competing for some great prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 towards your next creative project and an 8TB G|RAID Thunderbolt hard drive. More »
Own a Panasonic AF100? Need a new monitor for your color suite? If you answered yes to both, Panasonic’s second annual “Shoot It. Share It” competition could be exactly what you’re looking for. Panasonic wants videos under 5 minutes, and the grand prize winner chosen by a panel of judges will take home a sweet 42″ Professional Plasma Display. In the interest of fairness, here’s an AF100 video that meets their criteria but hasn’t been uploaded to the website: More »
The April 1 deadline for the last two screenplay competitions I posted has passed, but if you’ve got a feature or TV script sitting on your hard drive doing nothing, it’s worth checking out Scriptapalooza and Script P.I.M.P (seriously, that’s your name?) for a chance at prize money and exposure. After all, those in the know say “films get made by getting them out there, opening up, and making relationships — the more you open up and get feedback, that’s how your film gets made.”
When it comes to screenplay competitions, however, the BMOC is the Nicholl Fellowship, which is part of AMPAS (better known as the group that puts together the Oscars). From the horse’s mouth:
The Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is the world’s most esteemed screenwriting competition. Each year up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded to authors who have previously earned less than $5,000 writing for film or television.
The Nicholl deadline is May 1.
Babelgum’s 3rd Online Film Festival is currently accepting submissions, with a deadline of March 28. Submissions are voted on by Babelgum’s online audience in each of the following categories: Animation (5 min max), Narrative (15 min max), Nonnarrative (5 min max), and Documentary (15 min max). As for prizes, from their site:
If you are the 1st Place winner of a Jury Award, you will receive a cash prize of US $3,000. If you are a runner-up, you will receive US $1,000. The winner of the Best Viral Short Award will receive US $2,000. If you are the winner of an Audience Award, you will receive a prize to be determined by Babel and announced on the Babelgum website.1 If you are the winner of the Stoli Emerging Filmmaker Award, your film will be screened along with other winners and honored at a reception during the Tribeca Film Festival.
If you’ve got a short that could use some exposure and/or prize money, this could be a good opportunity.
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