1. The Basics
Make a movie in two weeks. Don’t panic: it’s easy if you don’t have to do it alone! You join as either a filmmaker or a collaborator, then attend orientation in Hollywood on April 9th. There, we release this year’s Theme Quote and announce the filmmaking teams. Filmmakers and collaborators are teamed together based on their self-reported traits: their top two strengths and most desired qualities in a collaborator out of Writing, Directing, Cinematography, Production, and Post-Production.
Every filmmaker must make their movie in two weeks, and help at least one other filmmaker with theirs. The top films are evaluated by our blue-ribbon panel of industry judges. Then, on May 5, these films are announced, screened, and awarded at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood. (There’s also a cocktail reception!)
2. Collaboration Point System
The winner of our Key Collaborator Award is determined by a contribution point system that rewards each entrant for collaborating on another filmmaker’s project. Each day spent collaborating with another filmmaker will earn you one point. In order to be eligible for points, the filmmaker you helped must verify your contribution and award you either a half day or a full day using a form which will be made available at the start of the challenge. If you collaborate on a project that ends up winning either the Jury or Audience selection, your points earned on that project will be doubled in reward. In the unlikely event of a tie, the prize will be divided evenly among the tie holders.
3. What’s new for 2013?
After last year’s challenge, we decided to incorporate a few rule changes. Be sure to read them over if you competed last year!
- Cancellation of Pitch and Development Week
The challenge now begins as soon as the orientation meeting is complete. Entrants will no longer take a week to devise five pitches, instead starting filmmaking right away.
- No More Week 1 & Week 2
Instead of each filmmaker being assigned to make his or her own movie in one week, and then collaborating in the other, filmmaking and collaboration take place freeform in both weeks.
- Structured Collaboration
Assignment of collaborators is no longer entirely random. Instead, entrants name their top two strengths and top two desirable qualities in a collaborator, and we pair people based on their first or second choice.
- Addition of Collaborator Entrants
Entrants may choose to enter as collaborators only. Collaborator entrants are assigned one filmmaker per week of their availability, and may otherwise collaborate freely.
- Alteration of Grand Prize
Where previously the grand prize guaranteed $3,500 to the lead filmmaker and $1,500 to his/her collaborator, it is now divided into $4,000 for the lead filmmaker and $1,000 for the collaborator.
4. Official Rules
- The Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge (CFC) will take place over two weeks, each running from Wednesday to Wednesday. The two weeks will proceed according to the calendar above, to include two weeks of collaborative filmmaking.
- Participants may enter either as FILMMAKERS or as COLLABORATORS.
- Each filmmaker participant will make his/her own film and collaborate with his/her designated collaborator over the course of the two weeks.
- Each filmmaker participant will be assigned to collaborate with someone other than the person assigned to collaborate with him/her. In other words, each filmmaker works with at least two other filmmakers.
- Those participants who enter as collaborators will be assigned to one film per week of their stated availabilities.
- All filmmakers and collaborators may freely collaborate on as many other films as they wish, so long as doing so does not interfere with their assigned responsibilities.
- Submission: Each filmmaker must submit his/her fully finished film by 11:59 PM on April 23rd, 2013. Late entries will be disqualified.
II. Rules of Filmmaking
- Beyond each filmmaker entrant’s own filmmaking, he/she is required to collaborate with one other filmmaker (to be designated by CFC). During this collaboration, the entrant must satisfactorily contribute to the efforts of his/her assigned filmmaker. Failure to collaborate will result in disqualification.
- In the event that a filmmaker entrant cannot perform his/her collaborative responsibilities, CFC will assign collaborator entrants to unassisted filmmakers first.
- All writing, production and post-production must take place within the two weeks of the Challenge.
- All cast and crew must be volunteers.
- All costs associated with production are the sole responsibility of the filmmakers.
- Films must be between 3-5 minutes in length, not including opening and end credits (outlined in “Post-Production” below).
- Each filmmaker must secure releases for talent, crew, music and locations (and any other applicable releases), which must be turned in to CFC with the finished film/video.
- All submissions must be the original work of the entrant; must not infringe third-party’s rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the entrant).
C) Post Production
- All post-production must take place within the two weeks of the Challenge, including but not limited to editing, effects, sound design, rendering, and outputting.
- Each entrant must submit two DVD copies of his/her finished film to CFC, as well as a digital copy (either .mov or .avi), by 11:59 PM on April 23rd, 2013.
- Filmmakers are prohibited from distributing their film in any way before the premiere screenings, including any type of internet use. Entrants are permitted to release a trailer not to exceed 30 seconds in total run time.
- Prior to the start of the film, there must be 3 seconds of black screen, followed by a 5-second card with the following information: “[Name of filmmaker] presents a Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge project” This will be followed by 2 seconds of black screen before the film begins. This total of 10 seconds for the opening credits will NOT count toward the total run time of the film.
- The end credits must be no longer than 60 seconds and must be placed only at the end of the film. They must include the words: “This film was created for the 2013 Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge.” These 60 seconds will NOT count toward the total run time of the film.
- The CFC administrators will review all submissions made prior to the deadline and approve 60-90 minutes worth of submitted material for screening at their sole discretion.
- Each film screened at the festival will be carefully reviewed by the jury before its selection is made.
- The 2013 Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge end credit MUST remain in all future version of the film, regardless of distribution purposes.
- CFC may distribute submitted films online for promotional purposes only. Requests to withdraw films from online distribution (e.g., to satisfy the requirements of another festival) will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- CFC claims no rights of ownership over any submitted films.