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It's time for Round 2! Late last year we featured a very unique filmmaking competition called Jameson First Shot, put together by actor Kevin Spacey and producer Dana Brunetti, sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, that would give one emerging filmmaker the opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to make a film with Kevin Spacey in it. After a very successful first year, Jameson First Shot is back for another year of competition. Both Spacey and Brunetti have returned, but this time they're bringing along Willem Dafoe as the star, with Spacey as Creative Director. Time to start writing your new screenplay! More details below.
Get a load of this! Can you help Hans find the lost dog? We're excited to exclusively premiere the special Christopher Walken poster for Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, as part of a new series of 7 character posters for the film, highlighting the seven psychopaths in it. This is all part of a bigger contest, because while there are six posters being revealed today across a few websites (ours included), the 7th and final image is open to fans to design with images of themselves. The excellent art we have is for Christopher Walken, who plays Hans, partner in crime with Sam Rockwell in the film. See the full-size artwork below.
Following in the footsteps of the multiple design contests for The Dark Knight Rises, a new design contest has launched for The Hobbit. This one, being run entirely by Warner Bros, is called the "Treasures of Middle-Earth Design Contest" and is open to all kinds of different artwork, from sketches to weapons to location and landscapes. Judging the contest are legendary concept artists from LOTR/The Hobbit, John Howe and Alan Lee, and Weta founder Richard Taylor. If you're a die-hard Tolkien/Hobbit geek and have been sketching photos of Bilbo and Gollum in your notebook all day, this is the perfect contest for you!
Time for another screenwriting/filmmaking competition to take an interest in if you're still looking for your big break in this industry. Intel and W Hotels, alongside writer Roman Coppola (Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom), are launching a short film series and competition entitled Four Stories. The comp involves writing a script for a 10 min. short set in a W Hotel, featuring an Ultrabook as a character. "Hotels and travel have been the inspiration for some of cinema's most enduring films. From Fellini to Truffaut, from Grand Hotel to Lost in Translation, the impulse to create in foreign lands has excited filmmakers for decades. Now it's your chance to create a story at some of the most beautiful W Hotels in the world." Cool!
Fans have already been brought into the marketing mix for The Dark Knight Rises with a contest to design t-shirts for the exciting conclusion to Christopher Nolan's film trilogy, and now they have another chance. We've already seen some cool TV spots for the film, but now you can make your own with a chance for it to be seen by the rest of the world. Imported from Gotham City (via SlashFilm) has revealed a contest for aspiring editors to make their own 25-second TV spot, which Christopher Nolan will judge himself, for a chance to win a trip to the New York City premiere of the film. Sounds like a pretty damn sweet deal to me.
Do you think you have what it takes to inspire Quentin Tarantino? The Weinstein Co. has partnered with Red Bull to launch a new contest around Tarantino's upcoming spaghetti western Django Unchained. Contestants will have two weeks (starting June 15th) to create and submit an "original multi-media piece", featuring footage from the Django trailer (now online here) or Tarantino's favorite spaghetti westerns, that will be viewed and judged by Quentin and his team. There has already been a lot of fan art made for Django, now they're asking fans to take it to the next level and actually "inspire" Tarantino with their design work.
Want to actually get away with designing your own custom The Dark Knight Rises t-shirt and having Chris Nolan look at it? That's exactly what Design By Humans is offering, they're launching a contest today (found via ComicBookMovie) to design "epic t-shirts, inspired by the upcoming, highly anticipated film The Dark Knight Rises." The top 3 winners will apparently be chosen by director Christopher Nolan and producer Emma Thomas, and will of course be printed. On top of that, 10 top finalists will also get cash, the top prize being $3,500. What an awesome opportunity to design a shirt that may become official swag.
"We happy? Yea, we happy." It's time to unveil! As promised, we wanted to show off the winning artwork for our redesign contest held in October for The Golden Briefcase podcast (original post here). We had quite a few fantastic entries, thank you everyone who submitted, we are truly honored to have such a supportive and creative fanbase. Below you can see the winning design that will replace our current iTunes image (check it out!), created by Kyle Brown, as well as a few of the runner-ups that we also really enjoyed. This was a fun contest and we're glad we had so many unique and creative submissions. Check them out below.
Columbia Pictures has launched a new contest today as part of the Face of the Fan contest series. Aspiring artists and Ghost Rider fans can create a movie poster that shows off their creativity and design skills in the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance contest. Fans can download various stock fire photography (like that fiery chain above) and some art pieces from the movie to design their own poster. The studio is looking for fan art that captures the excitement of the legendary character. We're hosting our own design contest, but here's another being run by a Hollywood studio! One top winner will receive a trip for two to the premiere.
Hey everyone, we're launching a fun contest today for our official podcast The Golden Briefcase, hosted by Tim Buel & Jeremy Kirk. If you haven't been listening, they host a fantastic weekly audio show talking about all things cinema, with guests, and are just about to hit episode #80 tomorrow. The other day I was browsing through my podcasts in iTunes and glanced at the logo for TGB. While it's simple and effective, I thought we could come up with something much more worthy of an awesome podcast hosted by two movie geeks, so we're hosting a redesign contest this month to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Read on for info!
Filmmakers, listen up! There's a new filmmaking contest now underway, run by Trigger Street Productions (of 21, The Social Network) and Jameson Irish Whiskey. It's called the Jameson First Shot competition, where the winner will be chosen by script submission, then will have the chance to make their entire short film with the backing of an award-winning production company and starring Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey. Submitting is as easy as writing the script and sending it off on their official website, but we've got more details and all the info on the entire contest, with an introduction video featuring Kevin Spacey below.
Sony has officially announced via a press release that The Amazing Spider-Man, from director Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, will be appearing at the San Diego Comic-Con this July, as expected. In anticipation of the July 3, 2012 release of The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D, the cast and filmmakers will discuss the movie for the first time as they address the fans at San Diego Comic-Con. They're also announcing a contest for one Spider-Man fan to be the "face of the fan" at Comic-Con, and have the opportunity to meet various actors and the filmmakers for an interview. Read on for more details!
"The Soviets sent a DOG, the US sent a NUKE." Ohh you've gotta love classic comics. We're now a few weeks away from J.J. Abrams' Super 8 hitting theaters (June 10th) and there's some cool marketing cross-overs coming out of the woodwork. Or maybe they could even be called virals. Apparently there was a mini 12¢ comic found in various recent DC comics. It featured the rather intriguing cover art you see above/below (what's happening?) and a comic strip that lead to a blank panel so that fans could participate in this part - an online Official Comic Book Art Contest. This is pretty frickin' cool! More details can be found below.
Though this slipped through the cracks last month amidst all of our festival coverage and more, there's still plenty of time for you to take part in a short film contest from Time Warner Cable in association with IFC (Independent Film Channel). The contest started accepting submissions on September 15th but you can enter your short film in the contest until October 31st. Your only restriction is the length of the film must be 2-to-5 minutes long and uploaded to Time Warner Cable's YouTube channel which can be found at this link right here. Four Grand Prize winners will get a four-night trip to 2011's Sundance Film Festival.