Tribeca Film Festival Wants to Screen Your Snapchat Shorts

As if we needed more proof that Snap, Inc. has owned 2016.

After a successful debut at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the Snapchat Shorts Contest will not only return for next year's edition, but will also be an official Festival category. Tribeca is calling it "the perfect opportunity for people who are passionate about Snapchat and narrative storytelling to present their mastery of the smallest screen."

All those Snapchat masters out there now more options for how they can go about making their films. With the release of Snap, Inc.'s Spectacles, in addition to having the app handy wherever you go with your phone, you can work on the film at any time and save it to your "Snapchat Memories" folder.

Memories, which can be accessed by swiping up from the Camera page, will allow you to view and edit the Snaps you’ve saved, and even change things like stickers, doodles, or Geofilters after they’ve been saved. 

Credit: Snap Inc. & Tribeca

The official rules state that participating filmmakers must use Snapchat to create a vertical video that runs for 120 seconds or less. Any content that is explicitly violent, profane, or disrespectful of others will be automatically disqualified.  Once complete, each film must be downloaded and saved as an mp4 file, at which point it can be submitted for review by Tribeca’s panel of judges. A more detailed process for submission can be found on Tribeca's website.

Tribeca Film Festival programmers will choose up to 10 finalists, who will then all receive a badge to attend the festival. Aaside from some millennial bragging right, the grand prize has not been announced as of yet. The jury will feature Jason Biggs, Andy Cohen, Dillon Francis, Eva Longoria, and Serena Williams.

Submissions for the contest open today and close February 17, 2017, at PM ET. The contest is free to enter    

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"Any content that is explicitly violent, profane, or disrespectful of others will be automatically disqualified."*

*content must conform to the Snapchat brand identity.
At this point it is no longer filmmaking but instead a pure marketing partnership. If I see something genuinely good come of this I will be glad to eat my words, but even conceptually, a film festival allocating resources to something like this compromises the integrity of the festival in my eyes.

December 16, 2016 at 10:31PM, Edited December 16, 10:31PM


Very well put, feels like a marketing stunt.

December 17, 2016 at 1:53PM

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I have perhaps never seen a more retarded app than Snapchat.

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