The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Filmstro have announced a joint Short Film Competition for anybody from anywhere about anything, as long as you’re at least 18 years old (sorry younger teenagers!). The films will be judged by panelists that include Philip Bloom and Darious Britt, and the deadline is in August with the winners being announced in September.

Here’s the call from Filmstro:

Create a short film about ANYTHING you want. It can be fiction or non-fiction and any genre (including documentary). You must use Filmstro music in your short film. We’re giving ALL of our entrants 100% free 60-day access to the entire Filmstro music catalog. You can get access to Filmstro by clicking on the ‘Access Filmstro’ button on our BAFTA short film contest page.

Basically, you need to use Filmstro to create the score for your short, and post your entry either on Youtube or Facebook. Maybe you’ve used the freemium version of Filmstro but not the app, or maybe you haven’t really tried it out one way or another.

Luckily, for the contest, you get two months of free access to either the standalone app or plugins. If you're not familiar with Filmstro, it's a music service that allows filmmakers to access music where they can control the momentum, depth, and power of the soundtracks either in the standalone app or in a plugin for Premiere and FCPX.

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Ok, so now that we are clear on the rules, what are these $40K worth of prizes? There are four films that can win the Grand Prize, Best Directing, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. Here’s the list of what you get if you nab the Grand Prize:

  • Filmstro For Profit Premium Annual License
  • Annual Business Plan
  • Greyscale Gorilla - Gorilla Grade LUT
  • Rode NTG3
  • Rode Boompole Pro
  • Rode Blimp
  • Rode Filmmaker Kit
  • Rode VideoMic Pro+
  • Rode Wireless News Shooter Kit"
  • ActionVFX £500 Store Credit
  • School in Motion Full Bootcamp pack
  • FilmConvert License
  • MisterHorse Motion Designer’s bundle
  • Hitfilm Studio + Mystery unannounced prize
  • Skybeam Luts pack
  • Zacuto VCT Pro Baseplate
  • Anton Bauer Cine 90vm Battery
  • SmallHD Focus OLED monitor
  • Samyang XEEN Lens
  • Syrp Genie Track Kit
  • Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 4.6k EF
  • Blackmagic Design EVF
  • Blackmagic Design Shoulder Rig
  • Lacie 4tb Rugged Lacie Drive
  • Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 video head w/ CF Single Legs Tripod

Ooh la la! The deadline to apply is August 20th 2018 and you can get started on the application process here. If you enter, good luck! Also, if you win, can we borrow your gear?

For more information on how the details of the contest, click here