Posted October 23, 2014

"Final Deadline Approaching for Rosebud Film & Video Festival"

Virginia, Maryland, and DC film and video artists are invited to submit their works to the Rosebud Film & Video Festival, an annual competition sponsored by Arlington Independent Media. Final deadline for submissions is November 7, 2014.

The competition is open exclusively to DC, Maryland, and Virginia filmmakers with works first released between January 1, 2013, and November 7, 2014 2014. The top 20 nominees will be screened at a special showcase on January 24, 2015, at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia. 

Five winners, including one Best of Show, will be announced at a gala awards celebration on January 25, 2015 2015, at the Clarendon Ballroom, and will each receive $1,000.

Deadline for entry is November 7, 2014, with a $40 entry fee that covers an AIM membership.

For competition inquiries, please contact Rosebud Film & Video Festival Kevin Sampson at or 703.524.2388.

To fill out an application form online, visit:


The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the nation's oldest and largest environmental film festival, announces four diverse film awards, with prize money totaling $27,500 for films to be screened at the 23rd annual Festival, March 17-29, 2015.  

For film submission information, contact the Festival's Managing Director Chris Head at

For the 2015 Festival schedule, visit in February.  The 2014 Environmental Film Festival presented 200 documentary, narrative, animated, archival and experimental films in March 2014 and was attended by over 33,000 people in Washington, D.C. 



The Audience Awards is a platform that is getting filmmakers paid for their short films.  

Currently, we are running the Fusion Documentary Challenge. This year, we partnered with Slamdance (the Festival that happens at the same time as Sundance and discovered the film Napolean Dynamite), The Big Sky Doc Fest, and Fusion TV to save filmmakers money and get them more exposure. 


The Fusion Documentary Challenge allows you to create short documentaries (4-7 minutes) in five days from start to finish. You will get to choose the five days they would like to make their film between now and November 5, 20142014. Contestants will be given the theme of this year’s challenge and get to choose between two given genres. 

The top 20 films receive an exclusive 18-month licensing deal with Fusion to feature these films on Fusion’s broadcast and digital platforms. The top 12 films as determined by an esteemed panel of judges will premiere at Slamdance Film Festival in January 2015 in Park City. 


The films will also be screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, MT. Winners are awarded up to an additional $4500. 

Usually, it would cost over $140 to submit to these festivals and there are over 6000 entries to compete against.  We allow only 300 teams to participate with the Fusion Doc Challenge and the top 12 winners automatically screen at Slamdance and Big Sky and get an 18 month TV deal with Fusion.  We also provide all access passes to the winners for free which is usually $300-$500/festival plus our prizes are up to $4500. 

So, for $125 (which can be split by members of a team) you have a much better chance of actually screening at premiere film festivals ($1,100 value), getting a tv deal, meeting people from the industry, and winning up to $4500.  

This link is to the promotional video for the Fusion Doc Challenge.


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The Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
The Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers
are now open for submissions!

Both screenwriting competitions offer the largest cash prizes of any competition of their kind.

November 3rd is our Late Deadline!
In addition to the considerable prize money, winning scripts get READ by top execs. Last year alone – two films, backed by winning screenplays, were released and several others are currently in development!  Additionally - winners have not only optioned their scripts and found representation but have landed writing jobs at well funded production companies!
Be the next success story...
Submit today for your chance to win...BIG.
Even if you've entered before - you owe it to yourself (and your career) to enter again.  Several previous winners have taken home the Kairos Prize after submitting a revised entry!
For more information on Kairos submissions – please visit:
For more information on Chronos submissions - please visit:


Posted October 9, 2014

SpeakeasyShorts Film/Story Competition

SpeakeasyShorts is a new type of film competition – a collaboration between filmmakers and storytellers. Eight filmmaking teams have only 5 days to write, shoot, edit-and screen a film based on stories from eight local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams know anything about the stories before they are presented.

On November 14, filmmaking teams will discover which story they have been paired with — and have five days to create a short film (less than 8 minutes) based on a true tale. The films premiere November 22 — the audience votes for their favorites — and one team walks away with a $1,000 cash prize!


        1.  Film teams will know what their casting needs will be until Friday, Nov 14.
        2.  You should be available for shoot days on Sat, Nov 15 and Sun, Nov 16.
        3.  If you are not available these dates, please do not apply.
        4.  Send ONE headshot and resume in PDF format (only) to
                SUBJECT LINE:  CASTING CALL: Your Name
        5.  Teams will contact you if they are interested in your services.
        6.  If you are not contacted, you may also meet team leaders after the storytelling on Friday Nov 14.
        7.  There is no pay for services, unless otherwise indicated by each team.
        8.  There is no SAG-AFTRA contract for this event.


        Stories:  Friday, November 14, 7:30pm
        Films:  Saturday, November 22, 7:30pm and 9:30pm
        Location: U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center’s Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Archives Metro.
        Web site and tickets:


Posted October 3, 2014

Four Points Film Project - Registration Open!

Four Points Film Project Early Bird Team Registration Open!

Preparations are being made for this year's filmmaking competition and you are invited to join the excitement!

Be a part of the creativity, talent, and filmmaking innovation from around the world.  The Best Film will be awarded $3000 USD and the Audience Choice Award winner will receive $1000 USD so don't miss out on this opportunity!

The Best Film and the Audience Choice Award film will both screen at Filmapalooza in Los Angeles, Spring of 2015.

Pit your filmmaking talent against filmmakers from around the world!

Early Bird Registration Ends Monday, October 6th!  

Competition Weekend of Oct 24th - 27th!

The Four Points Film Project competition weekend begins at 7:00 PM your local time on October 24th, 2014 and concludes on October 27th.  Your team has 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, score and submit your short film.  You will be assigned two random genres and you must shoot your film using either, or both, of the genres.  Each time zone will be assigned its own set of elements - character, prop and line of dialogue.  All films will be submitted online and instructions will be provided to your team upon registration.

Early Bird Registration is now open at a cost of $115 USD per team.  Sign your team up now to take advantage of this discount rate!  To register please visit our website at: 

Stand by for more exciting news!  We look forward to seeing what the filmmaking world has in store this year!

If you have any questions, please contact us at:



Doritos Super Bowl Spec Commercial / / Winning commercial could air during the Super Bowl in February 2015.

How The Competition Works:

Make A Video 

Get together your idea for a 30-second DORITOS® brand commercial to air during the broadcast for Super Bowl XLIX. Make it bold. Make it action packed. Make it funny. Make it something you've never seen before. It's up to you. Just make it awesome. Don't forget to read the official rules.


Once you've perfected your 30-second commercial, submit your video by November 9, 2014, for a chance to win $1 million and a dream job at Universal Pictures!


Check out the gallery of video submissions. From a pool of up to 30 semifinalists, 10 finalists will be selected by Doritos, and official voting will begin on January 5, 2015 2015, so don't forget to vote for the best ad every day!


From the 10 finalists, a grand-prize winner will be selected by voters' choice, and a first-prize winner will be selected by Doritos. Both will see their ads aired during the Super Bowl broadcast. All 10 finalists will enjoy a trip to the Super Bowl, but only one will win the grand prize: $1 million and a dream job at Universal Pictures.


Official Rules & Details


You may enter the Contest between 12:00:00 pm (noon) Central Time in the United States (“CT”) on September 12, 2014 and 11:59:59 pm CT on November 9, 2014 2014(“Contest Period”). 


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WHUT Launches TV Pitch Competition


"MY BIG SHOW", an exciting TV series pitch competition presented by DC's own WHUT-TV (PBS-32).


Here's how it works:


Entrants create a new concept for a half-hour series in the categories of Design, Food or Fitness. Shoot a one-minute pitch. Upload it., Share it. Our panel and TV and creative executives choose a select group who will be asked to make a short pilot. The pilot that wins gets produced as a series for WHUT TV in the 2015 season.


It's simple, it's fun and it's local. We hope you'll help get the word out to DC's film and video community.  


Official rules, eligibility and submission forms may be found here:



Posted September 19, 2014

KCWIFT Opens 2015 Short Screenplay Contest

We're excited to announce the start of our 2015 Short Screenplay Contest!

And we've made a few changes to make it even more fun - and valuable - to enter and win!

This year, we will be accepting entries from female and male writers.

And we're adding more prizes to the mix!
More than $1000 in cash prizes for:
• Best Short Screenplay
• Best Short Written by a Woman
• Best Short with a Strong Female Protagonist

• Finalist Staged Reading at the 2015 KC FilmFest
 • with Audience Choice Award

Check out our website at for details on early entry dates and where to submit.

We look forward to reading YOUR screenplay!



Posted June 17, 2014

2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Call for Entries

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

BlueCat accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes.

The final deadline for the competition is November 15th, 2014.

We look forward to working with you!


$15,000 Best Feature Screenplay

$2500 Four Feature Finalists

$10,000 Best Short Screenplay

$1500 Three Short Finalists

$1500 The Cordelia Prize

Best Feature Screenplay from the UK

$1500 Joplin Award Prize

Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK

Movie Title Contest: Three Winners $250 each

All screenplays entered by August 1st are eligible

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MoxieDocs Co-Production Award - Rolling Deadline