Movies Are Too Long, That's Why You Should Enter Tribeca's Vine Contest and Make a 6 Second Film

A few months ago Twitter launched a new iOS app called Vine that is aiming to take a piece of the video sharing pie. Similar to the company's 140 character limit, Vine is a video sharing service limited to videos that are no more than 6 seconds in length. There have been plenty of interesting applications for the service, and Tribeca is trying to take advantage of the storytelling possibilities by starting a contest that challenges you to come up with a short film in 6 seconds that has a beginning, middle, and end. Think you're up for it? Read on for more details.

As a refresher, here is an introduction to the Vine app:

Details on the contest:

Here's how it works: Vine creators will make as many Vines as they want in any of the following categories: #GENRE#AUTEUR#ANIMATE, or#SERIES (see details below), and our team of jurors will choose their favorites from a shortlist we share on the site. (More jury details to come, but we're excited to share that our jury panel already includes actor Adam "The King of Vine" Goldberg and Director Penny Marshall!)

The contest is open to anyone, but here are the steps to enter:

  1. Make a Vine.
  2. Tag the Vine with #6SECFILMS and the category you are entering.
  3. Post the Vine(s) to Twitter before April 8th, 2013.
  4. Follow @TribecaFilmFest on Twitter (for Direct Messages).
  5. Collect your $600 prize money.

It's obviously a challenge to make a movie in such a short period of time, but benefit is that it shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg to make a Vine or two, and you can make as many as you'd like for the contest. To read more, head on over to the Tribeca site.


[via TechCrunch]

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March 21, 2013 at 7:09PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I can't stop! I can't stop!

March 21, 2013 at 8:29PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


That 5 seconds can easily turn into an hour. It's not that people don't have time to watch something for an hour, they just feel like they get a better deal for their time if they watch more.

March 22, 2013 at 1:27AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Jonny quickdeath is my personal favourite. And I agree, if you have little time in a day and you pick a single movie and it turned to be really bad, you feel you wasted your time. I'm leaning towards shortfilms nowadays or series because of that. I go for safe film picks usually now.

March 22, 2013 at 6:54AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Yeah, I thought it was funny that they named it Six Second Films. They must have hear of 5SF already.

March 23, 2013 at 3:46AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I don't know. A lot of those 5s film would profit a lot if they were like 10 seconds long. I mean just because you can do it in 5s doesn't always make it a good idea...

March 29, 2013 at 12:27PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Does it have to me made in Vine, or can you shoot it in 4k raw with something like the Nikon V1 color grade it, edit down to 6 seconds and tweet it?

If you can, that new trick from the cheapo Nikon V1 might just have a niche. (For those who missed it, the consumer camera can shoot 4k raw photos in burst mode up to 60p, problem is that the buffer is filled after a mere second. It looks like an Arri Alexia, for one literal second.)

March 22, 2013 at 5:02AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Is that some kind of Nikon V1 marketing? Because, you know, two seconds of 4K video...

March 23, 2013 at 8:48PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


How many vine videos are ever going to be watched as more than a seven inch square? What is the point of shooting a six second moving snapshot 4k? This is an answer in search of a question.

March 28, 2013 at 5:26PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Looking forward to the 6 second tutorial on how to use vine!

March 28, 2013 at 2:35PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Andrew Cox