Film Contest: Moment Lenses Short Film Invitational

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Warm up your cameras and get ready to roll. Moment Lenses is having a short film contest. Consequently, you’re invited to be one of 11 filmmakers to have their films showcased and critiqued at a posh film festival in New York City. But can you handle the suspense?

We created the Moment Invitational to encourage filmmakers around the globe to push the limits of what can be shot on a phone. We believe that making films with a phone is not a limitation; it’s an opportunity. The mobility, size, and immediacy of a phone allows us to see the world differently. The Moment Invitational is our way of advancing this cause.m – The Moment Invitational website

With the slogan “Become the 11th Filmmaker,” Moment is inviting mobile filmmakers to create a short film by February 27th. Moment has already selected 10 filmmakers for the competition, but there is room for an eleventh contestant to round out the field. Moreover, what’s at stake is $75,000 in cash, gear and travel.

“If you’re going to enter one short film competition this year, this is the one. It’s the biggest event of 2018 and we want you to be a part of it.” To date, Moment’s Invitational Film Festival will feature showcased videos from YouTubers including JR Alli, Andrew Kearns,Shantell Martin, Sonora Mindwerl, Ash Tailor, and others. Now you can join them in New York by winning this contest and becoming the coveted “11th Filmmaker.”

If selected, they win $3K in gear, a trip to NYC to premiere their film, and a night of partying with the pro’s.

The Rules are simple.  Sign up at The Moment Invitational website here. Moment will then send you the details on how to submit your film. Create a short film that is 3 minutes or less that best depicts the them “Suspense.” The film must be made with a mobile device that is no longer than three minutes in length.

Other guidelines include:

  • All footage must be shot on a phone
  • All footage must be shot in 1080p or higher.
  • All films must be submitted through the Moment’s mentioned process.
  • All films must be submitted by 11:59pm PST on February 27th, 2018.
  • If using music, you must own the rights.
  • Must be 18+ to enter.
  • Mandatory attendance to film festival in NYC (with our $500 travel credit) on 3/31.
  • Must follow the Official Rules and abide by the YouTube Community Guidelines.

To submit, upload your short film onto YouTube as a public video, using the tags “Moment,” “Shot On Moment,” “Moment Invitational,” “Mobile Video,” and “[Device Type].”  To make it easier to search for, Moment also requires your title to look something like this: “FILM NAME” | Moment Invitational Submission | by Filmmaker Name.

Then, you submit your information to Moment with the form that they will send you, that includes information about you and your film. Judging will be done by a select panel of judges, but part of the criteria will be based on how well you promoted your film on social media, as well as what your viewing count ends up being. If your film goes viral, at gets some decent traction, it’ll be worth 15% of the final film grade. Other criteria will include how well you used the overall theme, was the story compelling, and what was the overall quality of your submission. Moment even has some tips on how to make sure your film is the best it can be.

The winning filmmaker will be selected by March 9th and will receive $3,000 in gear from Moment, RØDE, Beastgrip, Freefly Systems, Manfrotto, FiLMiC Pro and others, as well as a trip to New York City to attend the Moment Invitational Film Festival on March 31st (this is mandatory to qualify).

Better hurry. Deadline is February 27th, 2018. Midnight. PST.

For additional information, you can check out the Official Rules.

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About James DeRuvo 518 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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