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Filmmaker Final Four


Hollywood Casting and Film (HCF) launches the Filmmaker Final Four, a national contest designed to provide exposure for emerging filmmakers and actors, in an effort to advance their careers.  The format of the film contest is similar to the NCAA basketball tournament, where teams across the nation will be placed in brackets.  Audiences and jurors will vote on films from each region, with the Finalists eventually advancing to a Final Four event in Hollywood where prizewinners will be announced. 

In addition to providing significant exposure to professionals in the film and television industries, all Final Four project submissions will have the opportunity to screen in a local movie theater in or near their hometown. The program will be led by Jon Fitzgerald, a seasoned industry veteran who co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival, before serving as Festival Director for AFI, Santa Barbara and many others.  “We wanted to develop a new program that would provide unique filmmaking opportunities, while combining the assurance of live screenings and industry exposure for the best of emerging talent,” said Executive Director Jon Fitzgerald. 

Seen as a hybrid, combining elements of film festivals and juried film contests, this new program assures contestants of a public screening (in partnership with Tugg), without having to be selected by a traditional programming committee.  However, the stronger projects will garner more screenings and exposure, based on industry juries and audience voting along the way.

Additionally, the contest is being designed as a career launching pad for experienced filmmakers that have already been behind the camera, or have recently graduated from film school, and are looking to take the next steps in their career development.  “Every year thousands of very talented film school students graduate, but often, these students aren’t presented with a clear path to pursue future career opportunities.  We were inspired to create this contest as a conduit between hometown filmmakers and Hollywood industry talent.”  Said Sunny Vachher, Co-Founder of HCF. 

In addition to filmmaker career development, the contest will also be geared towards providing more audition opportunities for actors in cities and towns located all across the US.  “For years, HCF has been providing audition opportunities in the greater LA market, and we perceive this contest as a natural extension of our casting services,” said Vinay Bhagat, HCF Co-Founder. 

Filmmakers looking to submit to the Filmmaker Final Four can visit filmfinalfour.com, and actors looking to audition for contest projects can visit hollywoodcastingandfilm.com to submit digital submissions, as well as browse local audition opportunities within their region.

The call for entries for the Western Regional was just announced, with the first deadline being January 25, 2019 and the second is February 22, 2019.  Participating filmmakers will have 16 days to write, produce and edit their projects, with the clock starting on the date each respective filmmaker applies. 


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Enter the Filmmaker Final Four Competition

 

January 25, 2019 Regular Deadline I February 22, 2019 Late Deadline I March 11, 2019 Notification Date I April 9 – 24, 2019 Event Date

Email I 310-739-1446 I 6900 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038 United States I Website I Facebook I Twitter I Profile on filmfestivals.com I SUBMIT

The Filmmaker Final Four is an innovative competitive festival program that will provide an an opportunity for filmmakers across the country to produce short films and have them presented to live audiences and industry professionals.

Filmmakers will assemble a team to conceive, cast, produce and edit a short film. They will have 16 days to complete the project, based on one of two application deadlines. The program will roll out across 4 separate regions (West, Midwest, Northeast, South).

Filmmakers will be able to choose from a variety of genres and must demonstrate proof that project began according to rules and requirements (see next section). There will be Finalists in Narrative and Documentary categories.

All projects from each respective community, within one of the 4 regions, will have an opportunity to screen their film for audiences, friends and family. While some regions will have multiple screenings, there will ultimately be 4 winners from each region, as voted on by separate juries and online audience polling.

The 4 films from each respective region will be announced at the end of their quarterly competition. At the end of the year, the Sweet 16 will be announce will be announced and have additional screenings take place in Hollywood.

While there is a time restriction applied to this contest, we do allow for “creative” work to be done in pre-production. This may include screenwriting, casting rehearsals, location scouting and design work. Many film projects have achieved high levels of storytelling, performances and production value, even with intense time or budget constraints.

The Executive Director, Jon Fitzgerald, has directed numerous film festivals, including AFI, Santa Barbara and Naples, and is a co-founder of Slamdance. He remains committed to supporting the discovery of emerging talent and creating avenues of exposure for aspiring filmmakers.

Awards & Prizes

There will be 4 Finalists from each region, making up the Sweet 16. These Finalists will all receive:

• Complimentary Production Services for next project, including: 
• Access to Green Screen Studio 
• Camera Package (Sony PXW-X70) 
• Sound Package (Rode Sound Kit w/NTG-2, Mic, Boom, Headphones) 
• Membership to HCF 
• VIP Passes to next Hollywood Talent Summit (2 per) 
• Submission to industry professionals upon request

There will be 4 Finalists in each category (Narrative & Documentary), with one Grand Jury Prize Winner for each. Grand Jury Prize Winners receive all of the above prizes, plus:

• 1,000 each 
• Professional Consultation Services by HCF Advisors in the following areas: Film Festivals, Distribution, Production, Screenwriting

Rules & Terms

Filmmakers will assign a Producer to essentially be the team leader, who will responsible for completing the Application process , as well as ensuring delivery of the movie.

Each project will have 16 days to complete their movie, from date in their printed cycle.

Each project must be less than 10 minutes, with an end credit sequence (crawl or cards) less than 60 seconds.

Any stock footage or stills must have Materials release or producer verifying they are fair use.

All cast and crew must be contributing their time and effort on a volunteer basis.

Sourced music must come with signed release, or original music can accompany composer release.

Movie must not contain pornographic or defamatory content.

No public pre-screening of movie prior to exhibition with FF4. 

Regions

Filmmakers should apply for their specific Region, based on residence.  The FF4 team will be working with many of the film programs and film commissions within each of the film communities to support your projects.  We will be scheduling screenings with Tugg in a majority of the states listed below.  Within 7-10 days of each of the respective Application Deadlines, screening times and locations will be announced.

WEST REGIONAL
California                  Colorado
Nevada                      New Mexico
Arizona                      Wyoming*
Washington             Montana*
Oregon                      Idaho*
Utah

Early Deadline:  January 18
Late Deadline:  February 15
Screenings will take place in April

* Unless there are a minimum of 4 film entries, there may not be screenings scheduled in these states.

MIDWEST REGIONAL
North Dakota          South Dakota
Nebraska                  Kansas
Minnesota                Wisconsin
Iowa                           Illinois
Ohio                           Indiana
Michigan

Early Deadline:  March 15
Late Deadline:  April 19
Screenings will take place in June

NORTHEAST REGIONAL
Maryland                  New York
Pennsylvania           New Jersey
Delaware                  Rhode Island
Maine                        Vermont
Mass                          Connecticut
New Hampshire

Early Deadline:  May 17
Late Deadline:  June 14
Screenings will take place in August

SOUTH REGIONAL
Texas                         Oklahoma
Arkansas                   Louisiana
Mississippi                Alabama
Georgia                     Tennessee
North Carolina        South Carolina
Florida

Early Deadline:  July 26
Late Deadline:  August 23
Screenings will take place in October

SWEET 16
The Finalists from each region will screen in Hollywood in November.

THE FINAL 4 
Audience and Jury Award winners will be announced within 1 week of the Sweet 16 screenings.





All information related the projected dates and screening schedule is subject to change.  All registered applicants will receive notifications of any significant changes, within 2 business days, via email address recorded with applications.
 

 

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