I wasn't going to post this, because I doubt that TV dinner company Hungry-Man is of much interest to filmmakers (or anyone who cares about arterial health). But Filmaka's current pitch contest, for 2-minute short stories incorporating Hungry-Man's "Hungry Heroes," includes a $30,000 production budget and a $10,000 cash prize. Hard to believe, but Filmaka's jury also includes such filmmaking heavyweights as Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Neil LaBute, and Paul Schrader. ((I hope for their sake that these distinguished jurors are judging contests at Filmaka other than this particular campaign...)) Here are the details for the contest, which is accepting submissions until November 22:
Submit a pitch to create six 60 to 120-second films featuring one of our three Hungry Heroes in a present-day, real-life, "on the street" situations.
If your pitch is selected, you will receive funding to shoot your films, use of that Hungry Hero's professional actor, and the chance to have your work seen as part of a nation-wide viral campaign for a classic American brand.
Greenlit pitches will be funded for production and completed videos, once uploaded, will be considered for use in the Hungry-Man national campaign. Approximately 5 or 6 films per character will be chosen, to live on YouTube and Facebook.
PRODUCTION BUDGET: Each winning filmmaker (one for each character) will receive a $30,000 production budget. This excludes the fee for the lead actor which is being covered by Hungry-Man.
PRODUCTION TIMELINE: Winning filmmakers will be selected in December. Production will take place in January and February 2011 and the films will roll out starting in March.
THE PRIZE: Each winning filmmaker will receive $10,000!
More details on what exactly you need to pitch to enter at the link below.