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.
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:
- Sharp 70” THX® Certified* AQUOS 4K Ultra HD LED TV
- 6K SCARLET-X® RED DRAGON® LIGHTWEIGHT COLLECTION
- 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
- 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.