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.
It looks as though Break Media (Break.com) and New Regency Productions (Fight Club, Mr.& 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.
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?