All films start with a small seed. An idea. It’s something we as filmmakers all have in common — we want to turn a thought into something tangible, a place where we can meet someone and share a thought. These ideas change with the season, but there’s always something there. It’s what makes us filmmakers.
So what’s burning in the back of your mind right now? What’s the idea you go to sleep thinking about? We want to make that idea a reality.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Musicbed Film Initiative. This is your chance to win more than $75,000 in cash, gear, and post-production to bring your idea to life. We’ll be accepting your applications from March 7 to March 24, and this year’s award recipient will be named on April 7.
After a wildly successful 2016 Film Initiative (you can see the incredible work from last year’s winner, Patrick Biesemans, here) we’re upping the ante by bringing in an incredible panel of judges to select this year’s winner:
Applications are simple and free. Here’s how:
First, write a description of your film. This is the time to sell us on your project, tell us why it’s important for you, and what makes it a truly unique idea that needs to be made.
Second, upload your treatment in PDF form. It should not only describe the elements of your film — location, characters, plot, script, etc. — but it should show the potential your idea has. This is much more than a mood board; make us feel that we need to see this film. (For example, you can see Patrick Bieseman’s treatment from the 2016 Film Initiative here).
Third, submit your application! Just a note, you will not have the option to edit your submission after applying — so be sure it’s complete.
Our incredible sponsors went above and beyond for this year’s prize package. Totaling more than $70,000 in value, this year’s award includes gear, post-production, and $20,000 in cash for your film. Here are the details:
$20,000 in Cash
RED Giant: Trapcode Suite Post-Production Software
Defacto Sound: 25% Off Entire Project + 5 Minutes of Sound Design
RØDE: Microphone Package
St. George Post: 50% Off Entire Project + 10 Days of VFX Work
AbelCine: $2,000 Rental Credit, $1,500 Class Credit
Blackmagic: DaVinci Resolve Software + Fusion Software
LensProToGo: RED Epic 4-Day Rental
Freefly: MoVi Pro + Case
Kessler: Shuttle Dolly + Pocket Jib Pro
Westcott: Flex Bi-Color LED + Scrim Jim Cine DP Kit
Zeiss: 5 Lens Rental Kit
Musicbed — $2,000 in Music Licensing + 20% off a Custom Score
Filmsupply — $2,000 in Footage Licensing
The 2017 Musicbed Film Initiative has now closed. To sign up to receive updates for the next Musicbed Film Initiative, click the button below.
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