Are You the Next Great Filmmaker? Win Feature Film Development Deal Through Prototype Competition

Break Media Prototype CompetitionIf 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.

It looks as though Break Media ( and New Regency Productions  (Fight ClubMr.& Mrs. Smith) are wanting to pave a new way for filmmakers to get into Hollywood. The path they've created: Prototype.

Prototype is a revolutionary new film competition that will change the way the film industry thinks about the role digital plays in discovering new talent, and redefines the path to Hollywood.  Via Prototype, we are connecting the next generation of filmmakers directly with a major Hollywood studio and giving them the tools to succeed.

The vehicle they believe will get you there is short filmmaking, noting that some of the great filmmakers, like Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, and Christopher Nolan all started out making short films.

So, they're asking filmmakers to submit a 5-10 page action, sci-fi, or effects-driven script as well as a treatment of their vision for the feature film version of the short. For what you could be getting, a 5-10 page script is more than feasible. All you need, and what they're really looking for, is a unique and creative film idea. Check out the video below for more info.

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The partnership between Break Media and New Regency is an important one that will get those competing in Prototype more exposure. Greg Siegel, SVP Entertainment Development, Break Media shared with Tubefilter, “Our partnership with New Regency will help aspiring filmmakers break through to larger audiences than they have traditionally had online.” So, not only will your film find an audience through Break Media, but it'll find one through New Regency as well.

The Nitty Gritty

You can submit your short film scripts and treatments from now until August 31st. Note that submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so the sooner you get yours in, the sooner you could be in the running for prizes.

In mid-September, the 8 finalists will be announced and awarded $20,000 each to produce their shorts. Each film will premiere in early 2014 and will be distributed across Break Media's digital audience, which is over 70 million strong worldwide. (The website doesn't actually say this outright, but I think it's safe to assume that each filmmaker will have from the time they're awarded until the time they premiere to make their films. We'll keep you updated.)

Then in Spring 2014, the Prototype Grand Prize Winner will be announced, receiving a writing and directing deal with New Regency Productions to produce the feature-length version of their short film.

Here's all you need to submit:

  • Your 5-10 page action, sci-fi, or effects-driven script
  • A treatment for how you envision the feature film version of your short
  • A link to a sample of your directing work

If you've got the goods, go here to submit.

Are you entering into the Prototype competition? What are other ways for filmmakers to cut their teeth in filmmaking?


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just curious if there is some sort of "rights release" in this contest, like whatever you submit automatically becomes the property of the contest holder? I would hate to lose the rights to my script / idea in this contest and not even win...

June 23, 2013 at 2:37PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Excellent question...I'll see if I can't find the answer.

June 23, 2013 at 3:20PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

V Renée

3. Submitted Content:

License Grant and Warranties

Unless you enter into a separate agreement with us, such as a purchase agreement or a contest, we do not claim ownership in Materials you submit, however, by submitting Materials in any form to us, in addition to other provisions of the Terms, you automatically grant TMFT Enterprises LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and its successors, assigns, and licensees and parent, subsidiary and other affiliated entities ("TMFT Enterprises"), a non-exclusive, fully-paid, world-wide, perpetual, royalty-free license to modify, publicly display, publicly perform, distribute, and reproduce the Materials in any manner and in any medium, including, without limitation, in the form of commercial advertisements, through physical copies such as still photos, videos, and CDs, by television by any means, or on or via the Internet, including, without limitation, the World Wide Web, and any other two-way transmission control protocol / internet protocol (TCP/IP) based distribution network or similar networks or technologies now known or hereafter to become known, including, but not limited to, delivery via such a network to personal computers, hand-held devices, and television set-top boxes through telephone or cable lines, or wirelessly through broadband, satellite, cellular or terrestrial broadcast networks and other similar networks or technologies whether now existing or hereafter developed. You obtain no rights in any form, media, or technology incorporating the Materials. You represent and warrant that (i) you have the legal right and authority to grant the rights granted herein, (ii) neither the Materials nor exercise of the rights granted to TMFT Enterprises under this Agreement, including, without limitation, the public display, public performance, distribution, or reproduction of the Materials, or portions or derivative works thereof, will violate or infringe upon the copyright, literary, privacy, publicity, trademark, service mark or any other personal, contractual or property right of any person or entity anywhere in the world, (iii) the Materials do not constitute a libel or defamation of any third party, and (iv) you are the sole owner of the Materials and all rights therein, and that the Materials are original to you.


Ok, so if I understand this correctly, they don't claim ownership to your materials. But by submitting, you give them license to do whatever they like with the content for as long as they like.

Don't suppose there's any entertainment lawyers who just happen to hang around NFS that feel like clarifying...

June 24, 2013 at 11:23AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Check the actual the youtube page, someone pretty much asked that same question and this was the reply:

" New Regency has a short period of time after awarding the Grand Prize to option the other seven films under the same writing & directing deal as the winning filmmaker. After that time, Break Media will work with you on setting it up or making it as a film or other media with you attached. If nothing happens with it, the IP goes back to you."

June 23, 2013 at 3:43PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Thanks Grant. I tried reading the fine print on the terms and conditions but I had a hard time trying to make heads or tails of what it all actually meant.

June 23, 2013 at 6:22PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I believe the legal terms and conditions trump anything on YouTube. However, if you're not a finalist, the amount of time they can use your material is listed as four months (see section 5, "intellectual property"). As wordy and headache-inducing as it is, be sure to read all the terms and conditions. If you become a finalist and are given funding to make your short, they own that (standard work for hire). But they also own the concept, the characters, everything -- which means you can't later develop a feature screenplay based on the short on your own (see section 10). You'll also be subject to a background check to determine if "awarding the prize to such Finalist/Winner might reflect negatively on Sponsor and/or Prize Provider" (section 1).

In short, they're asking you to give you a lot of rights, so read the terms and conditions closely.

July 1, 2013 at 8:43AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Is this only open to US citizens? I tried to read the fine print, but it did not specifically mention one way or the other

June 24, 2013 at 11:04AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Read a tweet that stated world wide.

June 24, 2013 at 11:24AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Same here. Tried the fine print, but it does not expressly state US-only, although it mentions different states in the US. Any clarification available yet?

June 27, 2013 at 10:21PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Is it open Worldwide or US only?

June 24, 2013 at 11:27AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


It says you need to have a sample reel or short film that shows you can direct, does that mean they are going to use that when judging too? I wonder if you're screwed if your reel is just corporate stuff, but you're a great writer..

June 24, 2013 at 3:21PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I think they just want to see what you're capable of overall. If you're making content already at the pro/commercial level, then that's a plus.

It does appear that they're looking for the full package: someone who can write a good story and direct it, instead of just a VFX reel.

Here's the answer from their FAQ:
Q: Do I need to submit a directing sample in the same genre as the project I’m submitting?

A: No. While it’s ideal for you to submit a directing sample in the same genre as your project to make it easier to evaluate, we understand that you might not already have produced work that exists in that genre.

June 24, 2013 at 6:42PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Film Voltage

Cool premise. Check
Universal theme. Check.
Non formulaic plot. Check.
Great characters. Check.
5 min script. Check.

I'm in.

August 11, 2013 at 8:18PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


The facebook page has gone diwn. It seems like this was a rip off.

Sad that they used NFS to draw a crowd.

November 16, 2013 at 1:33PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM