Emerging Filmmakers: Enter your Short Film for a Chance at Up To $50K in Prizes

Posted by David Okamoto
Amanda Toney Amanda Toney

I've been working with David Okamoto from AT&T for over a year now and have been incredibly impressed with how he is helping short film filmmakers create and move ahead in this growing world of DIY film. When David told me that AT&T was opening up a call for submissions for the next generation of filmmakers to submit their work I was excited to bring it to the Stage 32 community. Not only is AT&T giving filmmakers who have shot a film on a phone a chance, but they are also opening up submissions to college students and youth. If you fall in any of these categories, I encourage you to submit for the AT&T Film Awards below. 

Emerging Filmmakers Enter your Short Film for a chance at up to 50K in prizes

The AT&T Film Awards, a short film contest presented by AT&T, is seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring filmmakers who want their voices heard. The contest is seeking short films from student filmmakers (from middle school to recent college graduates), and filmmakers who are shooting films using mobile tech (e.g. smartphones, GoPro, tablets, drones).


AT&T is offering prize packages that include cash, camera gear prizes, a scholarship to attend a summer film program at USC’s Cinematic School of the Arts, and film workshops for youth filmmakers.


There is no entry fee to submit your short film -- by November 26, 2017 -- in the categories below:


Best Short Film – Shot on Mobile

We are encouraging filmmakers to share their short films shot using mobile video technologies including smartphone, tablet, drone, and GoPro. 10 minutes or less, all genres. Advances in mobile video technologies have made filmmaking more accessible and affordable for up-and-coming creators.

The winner of this category will take home $10K, with $3K going to 2nd place, and $2K to 3rd place.


Best Short Film – College Students

We are seeking undiscovered short films, under 10 minutes in length, from the next generation of movie makers. We’re accepting shorts across all genres, from college students across the U.S. Shorts must have been completed after January 1, 2015. The winner will take home $10K, with $3K going to 2nd place, and $2K to 3rd place.


Best Spanish Language Short Film – College Students

Awarded to the best Spanish-language short film from a college student. The winner will spend the summer of 2018 studying at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in L.A., including travel, housing and a daily stipend. The approximate value of this prize package is $20,000. We are seeking original short films up to 10 minutes in length, across all genres.


Best Short Film – Youth, ages 13-18

We are seeking short videos between 90 seconds up to 4 minutes, from Middle and High School students ages 13-18. The short videos must include one of the following themes: How Education Opens Doors, Cyberbullying, or Distracted Driving. The 1st place student will win an all-expense paid trip (with parent/guardian chaperone) to participate in a Fresh Films summer or spring break program approximately 5-8 days, and a Camera Equipment Kit* valued at $2,000. 2nd place includes a 1-day Fresh Films workshop for winner and up to 9 friends in the winner's hometown, plus a Camera Equipment Kit. The 3rd place finisher will win a Camera Equipment Kit.


*Camera Equipment Kit includes digital video camera and lens, slate and microphone for recording audio, plus SD/memory cards. Approximate retail value of kit is $2,000 



Emerging Filmmakers Enter your Short Film for a chance at up to 50K in prizes


Enter your short film by November 26, 2017 for your chance at cash prizes, exposure, and your chance to take home the AT&T Film Awards trophy! We want to help you bring your passion project to life!


No purchase necessary. Open only to U.S. residents. Enter by 11:59 pm. PT on 11/26/17. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules.


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