Musicbed announce Film Initiative competition with $50k US prize fund

Short film competitions often seem a bit chicken and egg-y: often the prizes are filmmaking equipment that ideally you’d be able to use in the process of making the entry to the competition. What to do?

Film and video music specialists Musicbed have neatly sidestepped that problem with the second year of their Film Initiative. They’re asking for your passion projects – but not as a finished piece. Rather to enter you need to write a 350-word synopsis describing your project and collect a mood board of 15 images. Well, and submit them to Musicbed. So no early morning calls, fitting shoots in around other jobs, pressing your elderly aunt into service as your Grip or deciding whether to pay the rent or hire a camera.

I'm planning to make the noir-ish tale of a writer pushed to the edge by moody lighting. And you?
I’m planning to make a jazz-infused, noirish tale of a writer pushed to the edge by moody lighting. And you?

And the prizes on offer will definitely help you to make your vision a reality. For the winner there’s the following package, which Musicbed tell us is worth $40,000 US:

$10,000 Cash
One-week Red Camera Package from LensRentals
Freefly MoVi M10
Sound Design Session with DeFacto Sound
JetBlue Travel Credit ($1,500)
Zacuto Gratical X + $500 Rental Credit
Kessler Gear Credit ($2,500)
Westcott 2×2 LED Flex Panel
RØDE Microphone Package
Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite + PluralEyes4
Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
Presonus E66 Studio Monitors
Musicbed License Credit ($1,000)
Filmsupply License Credit ($1,000)

And for two runners-up there are $5,000 US packages:

Kessler Gear Credit ($1,000)
Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
RODE Microphone Package
Zacuto Gear Rental Credit
Westcott LED Flex Panel
Musicbed License Credit ($250)
Filmsupply License Credit ($250)
Presonus E44 Studio Monitors
Red Giant PluralEyes4
One year Free Frame.io Account

So what are you waiting for? Even armchair filmmakers can enter this one. Get your thoughts together and head over to the Film Initiative section of the Musicbed website. They’re accepting entries until 4 April and will be choosing a winner on 8 April. Good luck!

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