If you’re like me (read: essentially quite lazy) the promise of a short film competition (Prizes! Exposure! Prizes!) never seems to quite measure up to the reality of having to, y’know, make a short film (Long days! No pay! Annoying your friends by borrowing their apartment for a week!).
Filmsupply have fixed all that with their recently announced competition. The Filmsupply Challenge: A Short Film Competition Where Filmmakers Don’t Need to Shoot a Thing is based around stock footage from Filmsupply and production tracks from Musicbed.
You’ll need to make a 60-second film that fits in one of three categories: Ad Spec, Film Trailer or Title Sequence. To make your film you’ll get access to the Filmsupply and Musicbed catalogues – you’ll need to use at least five Filmsupply clips and two tracks from Musicbed.
Awards up for grabs include a ‘Best Of’ for the three categories and four awards for technical quality: Best Sound Design Overall, Best VFX Overall, Best Color Overall and Best Edit Overall. Get your post fingers out…
Prizes up for grabs include the chance to shadow Shane Hurlbut, go to the Tribeca Film Festival, or win new gear from RØDE, Kessler, Defacto Sound, and LensProToGo amongst others.
The judges certainly feature a few names you might recognise:
You can download the Filmsupply Challenge Starter Kit from the competition website, where you’ll also find instructions on how to upload your masterpiece. Final deadline for entries is June 28th and you won’t have to license clips or songs used in your film as long as they are only used on the competition site.
So the good news is you don’t need to shoot anything to enter – the bad news is there’s one less excuse not to!