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Sharp AOALast October, Sharp ran a filmmaking contest called the Art of Amazing 4K Film Competition, and now they’re back for another round of ultra high definition goodness. and once again asking filmmakers to submit their best 4K short films. Once again partnering with THX and RED, Sharp will be taking 4K short film entries for the chance to win a host of cool prizes, like a screening of your film at the Mill Valley Film Festival, a private tour of Skywalker Ranch, and more than $65,000 in prizes for filmmakers and fans. More »

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ScreencraftIf you’re interested in getting some exposure in TV writing, you might want to look into ScreenCraft’s Pilot Launch TV Script Contest. They are now accepting submissions for hour, half hour, webisode and non-traditional comedy and drama series pilots, which will be judged by executives, screenwriters, and consultants from NBC, HBO, and Funny or Die (just to name a few). The early deadline is coming up, so find out how to enter before time runs out. More »

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My Røde ReelThis year’s My RØDE Reel International Short Film Competition was a huge success! With over 1,100 entrants vying for the chance to win over $70K in gear, it’s safe to say that stakes that high made for some stiff competition. Filmmakers from all over the world brought forth some truly great and inspiring pieces of cinema, and now that the contest has come to a close and the victors have been named, we can share a few of the winning short films with you. And if you just so happened to enter a film this year, RØDE has also decided to give away a last-minute prize to you and all entrants. More »

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My Rode ReelWho wants to get totally hooked up with free gear? RØDE is now accepting entries into their short film competition, My RØDE Reel, which offers over $70K worth of prizes, including a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Zeiss lenses, monitors, Kessler cranes, RØDE mics up the wazoo (of course), and much, much more. (They’re even offering RedGiant’s PluralEyes to all approved entries.) Not only that, but if you need some help navigating each stage of production, RØDE is supplying contestants with free resources and downloads, as well as video tutorials hosted by judges Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza. More »

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Scream CraftScreenCraft has partnered with ShockTillYouDrop.com this year to bring you the 2nd annual Scream Craft Horror Script Contest, and  the jury they have lined up is so good it’s scary. Of course, the prizes (one of which includes a phone consultation with writer/director Scott Derrickson) are well worth a submission, but even if you don’t win — you still kind of do, because your screenplay has the opportunity to be read by judges that not only know horror, but are also extremely influential. So, if you’ve got a script and you want to submit, continue on to find out how. More »

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4K film competitionReady to put your 4K filmmaking to the test? Well, now that Sharp has launched the world’s first  THX Certified 4K Ultra HD TV, they’re partnering with THX and RED to enlist filmmakers to compete in their 4K Film Competition “The Art of Amazing.” If you’re looking to get your 4K work out there, read on to find out the details on how to enter, submission requirements, as well as information on prizes. More »

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Guerrilla Film ChallengeFor those of you who wanted to participate in the 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge, but looked at your calendars and realized that today was the day the competition ended, never fear. The GFC deadline has been extended due in part to the new offering of “flexible dates” in this years challenge, which forced the 3-man team over at GFC to push back its traditional May schedule to August. A whole week has been added to the GFC, so all of you once excited, now downtrodden filmmakers — assemble your teams, grab your cameras, and get ready to shoot. More details after the jump: More »

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Guerrilla Film ChallengeIf you’ve ever made a short film you know how difficult it is to write, shoot, and edit one. However — have you ever tried doing it all in 2 days? The 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge wants you to do just that in their worldwide online short film competition. The call for entries has been made, and the now “flexible dates” have been announced — all that’s left is you asking yourself: are you ready to take the challenge? Find out all the details about how “Flexible Dates” affect your clock and what it takes to get your short from script to screen in 48 hours after the jump. More »

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YouPixSometimes it can feel like the chances of your screenplay being bought and made, or having a shot at getting paid to direct a film is 1 in a million. YouPix is a contest/community that may help up those odds — to 1 in a thousand to be more accurate. This new platform is twofold: It’s an online filmmaking community where members can upload their scripts and films, talk in forums, and follow each other’s activity (like Facebook.) It’s also a screenwriting/directing contest that awards winners up to $500,000 to make their film. More details after the jump. More »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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It’s that time of year when people are thinking up costume ideas, picking out pumpkins for carving, making party plans, and if you’re a filmmaker with a penchant for horror, you’re probably also thinking about making a film. And really there’s no better time to do it. Vimeo and Lionsgate are putting on The Cabin in the Woods Spoof Horror Film Competition which is offering a $10,000 Grand Prize to the best satirical or comedic horror short. More »

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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 »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is kind of a big deal – and if you’ve never heard of the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships, it’s a life-changing opportunity to write a script and win a grant. We’ve also go two other fantastic opportunities for script writers: Scriptapalooza and the Nantucket Film Festival Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition. That’s a mouthful, but let’s see what’s so special about these competitions. More »

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When I was 19 I was awarded grand prize in an online video contest put on by a now-defunct site named FirstEye. My music video entry (shot on a Sony VX1000, before HD, 24P, DSLRs, and After Effects made this video look primitive) won me a professional Sony video camera, which I used to shoot several successive projects — before selling it and buying a newer camera (which I’ve since done several times). Winning that contest gave me more confidence to keep pursuing film as a bona fide career, and every project I’ve shot since has been with that camera or its successors — including The West Side. In my own experience, contests offer a great opportunity to jump start a career. With this in mind, the following is a guest post by David Hinds, from video hosting platform Vzaar. They recently announced this year’s video festival winners. More »

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I’d mentioned the 48-Hour Guerilla Film Competition in the past, but the competition has beefed up their prize package a bit and is now offering NoFilmSchool readers a limited number of free registrations (and an unlimited number of discount entries). The contest, which features a $5,000 grand prize, runs May 13-15. As you can guess from the name, entrants are given 48 hours to write, direct, shoot, and edit their entry to a given theme. If interested, here are some more details and the link for free entry: More »

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As long as you’re not surrendering exclusive rights in the process, contests can be a great way of gaining exposure and/or funds. In my own case, I won my camera (since exchanged for a newer model several times) in a music video contest, and I bought my laptop with grant money. Here are several upcoming opportunities for screenwriters, video makers, and other artists: More »

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Zooppa is an interesting site, deeming itself “people powered brand energy.” Wait, that sounds pretty… ugh. So basically it’s a bunch of people using their creative energy to create spec work for brands looking for original ideas? Don’t they have overpriced agencies for that? More »

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Two upcoming screenwriting competitions, The Page International Screenwriting Awards and the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, share a deadline of April 1st (and a submission fee of $60). Page’s grand prize is $25,000 and BlueCat’s is $10,000. As with any contest, read the fine print. These opportunities are often great for money and/or exposure, but some of them also have draconian legalese attached, so be sure you’re not surrendering too much, like exclusive rights in perpetuity, or your firstborn child.

Does anyone know of a centralized resource for filmmaking competitions and grants? I’ve certainly benefitted from such opportunities — I won my camera in a competition and bought my laptop with grant money — and so I’m looking for a decent competition/grant calendar to share with others, but I can’t find one on the ‘net. If there isn’t a good calendar for filmmakers out there, I may have to scrape one together. Thoughts, anyone?