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."
I’ve been working with the Biden-Harris teams on how we can use the power of storytelling to encourage people to vote. I’m looking for a storyteller to answer this: How and why are you voting this year? Watch and read this thread, then visit https://t.co/q8G3HQD6X2 #VoteByNight pic.twitter.com/qhlYY1YMvp— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) September 30, 2020
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.