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There are filmmaking contests, then there are real filmmaking contests. This is one of the best, a real chance to break into the industry and work with genuine talent. The top three winners of the fifth year of Jameson First Shot international short film competition supported by Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions, will be featured at an event this weekend in Los Angeles - called The Weekender. This year's three winners are: Cameron Thrower (from the US), Kat Wood (from the UK), and Jason Perini (from Australia). After submitting their original scripts, these three filmmakers were given a chance to actually produce and film their short films starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and produced by Trigger Street.
"Simply submit a video of your most life-like ape imitation." 20th Century Fox has unveiled a TV spot for the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes sequel, but it's actually more of an announcement for a contest they're hosting to win a walk-on role. The TV spot features only behind-the-scenes footage of the film currently shooting, since it's a major production and they just started a month ago (and it doesn't come out until 2017). Actor/filmmaker Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar, joins director Matt Reeves in the video to introduce the contest and remind everyone that the next Apes movie is already in production. One winner will receive a chance to come to set, wear a suit and actually become an ape in the movie. That's awesome.
If you're a budding costume designer/fashion designer just waiting for a chance to get your foot in the door in filmmaking, here's your big shot. A global (sci-fi) costume design contest has just launched online for Luc Besson's upcoming sci-fi project Valerian, which is titled in full: Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets. This is his very big, very epic return to space opera science fiction, and he needs help designing futuristic costumes for a cocktail party scene in the movie. The contest will end up choosing 20 winners, each receiving $1,000 with the potential to have their work created and worn in the film. Read on for info.
Artists everywhere, this is your moment to shine. Lucasfilm and HP have launched a new Star Wars art contest called Art Awakens. The contest runs for two months nationwide and is a fan-art competition in promotion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters this December. Amateur artists can submit their Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year. As a tease of what's to come at the actual exhibit, two pieces of art (by DKNG and Mark Englert) have been unveiled and can be seen below. They're already accepting entries.
The countdown to the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is underway, and we're currently 11 weeks away. To mark the occasion, FirstShowing is one of 75 sites participating in a contest where fans can win tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of the film on November 18th. Today we can announce the details and open up the contest to anyone interested in participating. The event is part of Lionsgate's #TickTock promotion counting down the weeks until the release of Catching Fire. With the games in this sequel being the Quarter Quell, or the 75th Hunger Games, a grand total of 75 outlets are giving away two tickets each.
"Are you the next great filmmaker?" If so, listen up. Whether you're just breaking in or still coming up with ideas, now is the time to check out this new filmmaking contest called Prototype launched by digital media company Break Media & New Regency. The online contest will award eight up-and-coming filmmakers with $20,000 to create their action, sci-fi or effects-driven short films, and award one filmmaker with a feature film development deal. Wow, sounds like a big opportunity. Entrants have to submit a short film script or treatment and directing sample. "Prototype is a way to discover and cultivate talent by providing them with the financing, distribution, and access to the entertainment industry that they wouldn’t otherwise have."
Finally - it's aliveee! But wait, is this even a viral? Barely. Come on Bad Robot, you guys can do better than a social media tie-in like this. In December of last year, before we had too many trailers or footage from J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, a viral site called "Are You The 1701?" referring to Enterprise designation NCC-1701 appeared. After many months of nothing but a stale logo and no changes, the website has finally relaunched with instructions and a social media widget. All it explains is: "Post an Instagram or Vine with #THE1701" as the tag to participate. Besides that, it asks: "Will you be one of the chosen few?"
Late last summer, we highlighted a contest for LEGO builders to craft their own LEGO vehicle creation to appear in The LEGO Movie from Phil Lord and Chris Miller and win a little bit of cash. We're not sure how that contest played out, but now a new competition is upon us. In addition to revealing the cool logo (see it in full below) for the animated film coming to theaters on February 7th, 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced the LEGO ReBrick Movie Competition. The contest allows fans to create their own 15-30 second video clip based on the film's story and the winner may be featured in the animated film.
Say what now? A major film festival is launching an official competition to make 6 second films on Vine - did someone finally take this too far? If you're not familiar with this Vine app, it's the "hot new thing" after Instagram that allows anyone to record 6-second videos (edited live, including stop motion or full motion) and post them socially. Twitter bought the service, launched it fully in the middle of Sundance this January, and now movie marketers are going crazy for it - perhaps too crazy. Oscilloscope did the first experiment with Vine, disastrously streaming 6 second segments of an entire film. Now Tribeca is launching a contest - "we're challenging you to make #6SecFilms on Vine to be judged by an illustrious jury." Are they for real?
"Ice cream scoopers by day. Danger seekers by night." Gather round, any up-and-comers! There's a new contest, and new content, from Robert Rodriguez in a very interactive, very unique filmmaking idea. He's made a new short film, called Two Scoops starring the Avellan Sisters, but needs the help of every creative person out there--from actors to designers to whoever--to help him make an entire movie. Up first, he needs actors to submit a performance, and much more. I'm not sure how he's doing all of this and still shooting Sin City 2 at the same time, but I guess that's why it's awesome to have your own studio down in Austin, TX.
Who wouldn't want a Skype call from Kevin Spacey? The top three winners of the second year of Jameson First Shot international short film competition supported by Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions, have been announced today. This is the second year we've featured info on this contest, which puts budding filmmakers in touch with talent like Spacey and producer Dana Brunetti, and gives them a chance to break out by producing their short in full. This year they chose three winners, one from the US, one from Russia, and one from South Africa, who are traveling to LA to begin production soon.
A king he was on carven throne In many-pillared halls of stone With golden roof and silver floor, And runes of power upon the door. That poem inspired one of the winners of the Treasures of Middle-Earth Design Contest presented by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We first wrote about this contest back in September, which was asking for submissions of all types, to design weapons and landscapes as well as creatures and characters. The complete selection of winners has been unveiled and includes an outstanding Hall of Durin piece, and the trolls painting seen above (and below). All the winners received exciting prizes.
One of this year's film that has maintained a fervent following even five months after it was released is Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, a quirky coming-of-age love story about Sam and Suzy on New Penzance in the summer of 1964. A couple of my friends dressed up as Sam and Suzy for Halloween, and I've admired the endless fan art posted online made by those who fell in love with the film's indisputable charm. Focus Features, in hopes of getting some Academy Awards acclaim, has turned to the fans to design "For Your Consideration" Oscar ads with a chance to win money and have the art actually used in their ad campaign.
We've all had that experience of finally sitting in a theater during a movie you've been dying to see, only to have someone sitting near you constantly talking or texting throughout the whole movie, ruining the theatrical experience. Tim League, founder of the beloved Alamo Drafthouse, has enforced strict no talking/texting policies in his theaters and even wrote an impassioned plea to other theaters to do the same. (One London theater seemed to listen, using ninjas to get people to shut up.) Now the Drafthouse is hosting an awesome contest where you can make your own "No Talking or Texting" video and win $1000. Read on!