The 168 Film Project announced the Call for Entries today for the 11th annual speed filmmaking contest (www.168film.com). “168” is a global competition in which teams are challenged to create a short film based on randomly-selected scripture in one week (168 hours) from any location. Filmmakers get 10 days for writing and pre-production and then exactly 168 hours to shoot and edit an up-to-10-minutes-or-less film.
Teams worldwide will vie for Six-Figures in cash and prizes to be detailed by Feb. 21. Entry fees range from $168 until Feb. 15 to $348 in May – and include free Festival Passes and the chance to screen at the 168 Film Festival.
Presented by lead sponsor, Echolight Studios, the 168 Film Festival runs Aug. 8 to 11 in Los Angeles. Christopher Morrow, Echolight’s chief global strategist remarked, “It’s an honor to partner with 168, because of our mutual goals.”
The entry deadline is May 11 and any size team may compete with any size budget. Teams are responsible for all production expenses. Up to 500 films are expected to be made during the same week worldwide. All 2013 films will initially submit online. Official selections will be invited in June 2013. Filmmakers enter online at www.168film.com.
Ten-minute-or-less Entry Categories include 168 Signature Speed Film, Documentary, Animation, and Write of Passage Spotlight Film (based on a script from the 168 writing competition). The Music Video category is a maximum 5 minutes in length. All productions will begin the same week, starting Thursday, May 23.
The L.A. Casting is May 18 to 19. Headshots are accepted electronically starting in March.
“The 168 equation is exciting, especially for actors,” said 168 founder/director John David Ware. “There are hundreds of roles available in L.A. and around the world. Some actors, like Maggie Elizabeth Jones, can really get noticed.”
Jones’ career was launched after she won the 168 Best Actress Award in 2010 for her role in “The Party,” the Best film of 2010. She has starred in “Footloose,” “We Bought a Zoo” with Matt Damon and in “Ben and Kate” on Fox TV.
Film industry veterans judge the finalists. Past jury member David McFadzean, (executive producer/co-creator of “Home Improvement” and executive producer of “What Women Want”) said, “In the time limit they’ve been given, the production values are very impressive, everything from the editing to the set design, all of it.”
Past and present Hollywood participants include actor/writer/director Corbin Bernsen (“Psych”), actor Kevin Sorbo (“Soul Surfer,” “Hercules”), producer Howard Kazanjian (“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” and “The Empire Strikes Back”), producer Ralph Winter (“X-MEN Origins: Wolverine”), actor Zachary Levi, Grammy-winner Rebecca St. James and Gary Hall, the senior vice president of post at Fox TV.
“Best” Awards are presented in more than 20 categories including Best Actor and Actress. Past sponsors include Sony, Panasonic, Arri, AJA Video, EIKI, Roland, KinoFlo, and Regent University.
During the first 10 years, the 168 Film Project is responsible for commissioning nearly 600 films. An estimated 9,800 cast and crew, and 10,500 Festival Attendees have participated.
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