Show off the Beauty of 4K in Sharp's 2nd Annual Art of Amazing 4K Film Competition

Last 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.

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Sharp is taking 4K short film entries of up to 10 minutes in length (up from last year's 4-minute max) that "capture the full potential of an amazing high resolution entertainment experience." Essentially what they're looking for are short films that not only showcase UHD's ability to produce great detail and color, but also demonstrate your aptitude as a filmmaker to create beautiful compositions and tell engaging stories. Here's a bit from the press release that explains more:

Submissions can be abstract, narrative, technical, or genre bending and should showcase beauty and emotion in unique perspectives. Films will be judged on creativity, technical quality, and the ability to capture detailed, vivid scenes showcasing all of the benefits that high resolution offers.

Judging the competition are representatives of not only Sharp, THX, and RED, but those from Lucasfilm, The California Film Institute, and Adobe. Finalists of the competition will be screened during the Mill Valley Film Festival (which, according to Sharp, is where 5 of the last 6 films that won the Oscar for Best Picture were screened), though all submitted films will be considered to be screened there, too. Finalists will also receive filmmaker badges for the festival, which gives access to industry lounges, private screenings, brunches, parties, and a private reception. Last but certainly not least, finalists get a private tour of Skywalker Ranch.

Now, here are the official prize packages for the winners of the competition:

Grand Prize

  • Sharp 70” THX® Certified* AQUOS 4K Ultra HD LED TV
  • Trip for two to CES 2015 in Las Vegas, and a film screening in the Sharp CES booth

Fan Voting Prize

  • Sharp 32” 4K Ultra HD LED Professional Display
  • 12 month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Freefly MōVI M10

Audience Prize

  • Sharp 60” THX Certified* AQUOS 4K Ultra HD LED TV

If you're interested in participating, head on over to the Art of Amazing website for the official rules and details on how to submit. They'll be taking entries until September 7th, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM ET.

Link: Art of Amazing 4K Film Competition

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This is nothing more than sharp asking for content to play in stores and trade shows to promote their products. Last year the red camera footage of the model getting air brushed won and that content loops in best buys across the nation.

I guess it's clever since sharp don't make cinema cameras like Sony.

July 21, 2014 at 5:27PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Theo Slawin

This is interesting as this really was a contest almost solely for professionals as anything that recorded 4k up till just less than two months ago was generally out of the reach of anyone but the pros. But the GH4 and A7S have changed that in short order. So this contest won't be an easy win for someone that already has a Red Epic to pick up an "easy" win, just because they own 4k capable equipment. :)

July 21, 2014 at 5:44PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


There are plenty of "pretty" 4K clips on YouTube already. If Sharp wants to pay for these basic clips, folks should be grateful to the company.

July 21, 2014 at 8:05PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


According to their submission guidelines:
"The film must be filmed in 4K and submitted in 4K (4096x2160) 23.976fps or 24fps"
"Entrants are encouraged to submit films shot on RED cameras"

Cinema 4k ratio over 16:9 UltraHD, and emphasis on being shot on RED. They want submissions as professional and cinematic as possible. Definitely going to be a lot of submissions shot on GH4. I wonder if they would notice or care if a submission was shot on a Blackmagic 4k or A7s in UHD 3840x2160 resolution, then upscaled to fit the C4k requirement.

July 22, 2014 at 1:14AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


I'd be surprised if they would even be able to call your bluff on that one. Upscale it a few % and throw on a tiny smidge of unsharp mask and they'll never know.

July 22, 2014 at 8:55AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Again... territorial limitations. Impossible for most Europeans to enter the contest.

Talking about 4k, the new Odyssey 7Q firmware was released yesterdays and added slow motion to the 4k RAW mode with the FS700. 4k RAW up to 120fps. I tested it yesterday and it looks glorious. The firmware also completely changes the playback menu of the Odyssey and it is now one of the best playback menu I have experienced on a recorder.

July 22, 2014 at 4:02AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Hey, so what european countries are ok to submit?

July 27, 2014 at 2:38PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


resolution, resolution, resolution is the best evvvvvvvver!

July 22, 2014 at 4:21AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


The production company I work for recently worked with the guys who created this promo. A great group of guys. Check out their website.

July 22, 2014 at 10:44AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Reply, any of last year oscar awards movies are not "good" enough for this s*** (were shot on alexa, so 2.8K). I hope will win a movie recorded on samsung note3 and color "graded" on instagram

July 27, 2014 at 4:10AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Will it be biased to Red Camera as Red is a sponsor? I really want to participate like many other GH4 owners but I feel the results will be tilted in favor of Red Camera submissions. (Nothing wrong in that as we all have to be practical, just asking to know other people's thoughts)

August 2, 2014 at 2:22AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Nevermind. No GH4 in this competition as per the guidelines (unless someone can record 10 but 4k already) as the requirement is to have min 10 but data

August 2, 2014 at 2:31AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


bit* :D

August 2, 2014 at 2:35AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


wow, thats lame. I wonder if the 10bit guide will truly be enforced if you aren't banding/macro blocking your colors in your grade.

August 3, 2014 at 6:52AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM