Want to Hang Out with M. Night Shyamalan? Enter the Future Filmmakers Challenge

M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
Who wouldn't want to Zoom with M. Night

This last week, M. Night Shyamalan took to Twitter to encourage fans to take part in the "Future Filmmakers Challenge," asking people to use their storytelling talents to inspire other people to get involved in the 2020 election.

"We're only a few weeks out from the election and we've been talking about storytelling and how important it is and how it reminds us of our place in the world," Shyamalan says in a video shared on Twitter. "It's kind of the way our brain takes in information and makes us understand it in our bones."

Shyamalan, along with candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, is sponsoring this contest. 

All you need to do is make a creative and entertaining 90-second video that answers things like: Why are you voting? How are you voting? Who do you want to encourage to vote? What's your voting story? As per the effort's website, the best short films will "showcase impact, authentic storytelling and give a clear call to action on voting.

"You can tell it as a thriller, you can do it as a comedy, a documentary. Use your storytelling power to encourage people, and to wake them up to their own agency," he adds in the video. "We really feel this is an important way that all of us can be a part of this incredible moment in history."

The top three filmmakers will get a chance to virtually meet up with Shyamalan for a conversation about art, film, and the power of storytelling. They will also have their short film displayed on Biden and Senator Kamala Harris' campaign site.

The deadline is October 12th, 2020. Check out the Creatives Toolkit for guidance and rules.

The short films can be submitted online or uploaded to Twitter or Instagram. Use the hashtag #VoteByNight for an opportunity to be considered for the competition.     

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Can we pick from virtually any other filmmaker than him? He'd be my last choice.

October 5, 2020 at 4:53PM


I was going to say, if I were to win this I wouldn't show up because I might drink and tell him how much I think he's been riding far too long on the fame of a single film

October 5, 2020 at 6:48PM


Which single film is that? Signs? Sixth Sense? The Village? The Visit? Split? Glass?

October 5, 2020 at 9:40PM

Stephen Herron

The Sixth Sense was nearly perfect. Unbreakable tricked most of us when we were looking for the trick, so I think that was still pretty great, as a film. Then he dropped off a cliff. Split was surprisingly good. Glass was awful. He had something like 5 bad films in a row before Split. Is M. Night back? Then Glass came out...

November 5, 2020 at 10:59AM

Bill Henderson

No thanks. It'll just be bad movies and indian food

October 8, 2020 at 10:19AM