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Enter Filmaka.com’s new international short film competition and win $500 to $3000 USD, PLUS entry into their contest for feature film funding. All you have to do is make a 1 to 3 minute film about “Help Wanted” and upload it by July 2. If you win, your next film will be watched by their Jury members (http://www.filmaka.com/jury.php) – who include Paul Schrader, Zak Penn and Werner Herzog. If the Jury likes your film, you could get your feature film idea produced by Filmaka – like this guy did (http://www.themovieblog.com/2008/04/21-year-old-nuru-rimington-mkali-wins-filmaka-backing)
Contest details for “Help Wanted” at http://www.filmaka.com/competition.php?page=current&competition_id=257
Just to give you the benefit of my click, the contest is as described, more or less. The short “film” topic is different for each month’s competition, so you have as many chances to win as you care to try. However, they do require a $10 entry fee for each short (paid via PayPal account) with no limits on how often you enter. And the thing I was really uncomfortable about was a requirement to provide my banking information to them.
This is a contestant supported contest sponsored by a couple of LA producers. I’m not saying it might be rigged. But I’m wondering how I’d know if it were? Perhaps I worry too much. But a paid video contest strikes me as a money making venture for a couple of producers. Especially since winning the contest also makes them your agent & defines your rates & terms. I’ve no idea if it’s a decent deal or a theft of talent. And I wonder about the judges, who are most likely paid for their involvement. Why are they doing it? My cynicism prevents me from saying they’re looking for talent. I keep seeing a detailed contract, specifying the number of selections they must make and wonder if there are safeguards for insuring they can’t assign the “judging” to a flunky. And I wouldn’t care one bit if I wasn’t paying $10 to enter the contest.
So anyway, good luck to those entering.