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Calling all aspiring filmmakers! Have a great story to tell? We want to hear from you.

The AT&T Film Awards is an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring filmmakers who want their voices heard. We are excited to announce the 3rd Edition of the competition – where we're putting the spotlight on student filmmakers, and filmmakers creating great stories using mobile video cameras (e.g. smartphone, tablet, drone, GoPro).

Whether you're an aspiring college or teen filmmaker, or an emerging indie creator focused on mobile filmmaking, we have a contest category for you.


AWARDS & PRIZES

STUDENT AWARDS: seeking short films from the next generation of storytellers, across the following categories:

Best Short Film - College Students
  • 1st Place:  $10,000 cash
  • 2nd Place:  $3,000 cash
  • 3rd Place:  $2,000 cash
Best Spanish-Language Short Film - College Students 
  • Winner will participate in the Warner Bros summer program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts during the summer of 2018
Best Short Film - Youth, ages 13-18 
  • 1st Place:   All-expense paid trip (with parent/guardian) to participate in a Fresh Films summer or spring break program approx. 5-8 days in length, and a Camera Equipment Kit
  • 2nd Place:  1-day Fresh Films workshop for winner and up to 9 friends in winner's hometown, and a Camera Equipment Kit
  • 3rd Place:   Camera Equipment Kit


MOBILE TECH AWARDS: targeting original shorts filmed using emerging mobile video technologies (smartphones, tablets, drones, GoPro)

Best Short Film - Shot on Mobile   
  • 1st Place:  $10,000 cash
  • 2nd Place:  $3,000 cash
  • 3rd Place:  $2,000 cash

ENTER TODAY

Enter your short today for your chance to win a share of up to $50,000 in cash prizes, scholarships, exposure, and a chance to take home the AT&T Film Awards trophy! We want to help you bring your passion project to life.

See Official Rules for full contest details.

Ends on November 26, 2017

Calling all college student filmmakers! Have a great story to tell?

The AT&T Film Awards is an open challenge seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from talented storytellers across the U.S. who want their voices heard. 

Are you enrolled in a film school or a recent grad? We’re looking for inspiring and creative shorts - up to 10 minutes -  from the next generation of filmmakers. Students will compete for up to $15,000 in cash prizes and a chance to take home the AT&T Film Awards trophy. There is no fee to enter!

Challenge Description

  • Length: The film’s final running time must not exceed 10 minutes, including credits
  • Genres: Action/adventure, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, horror, sci-fi, and thriller
  • Supported video file type:  .mp4
  • Language: Film must be in English
  • Films must be completed after January 1, 2015
  • There is no fee to enter

Eligibility

Students must be currently enrolled in college, film school or recent grads. Open to legal residents of the U.S. See Official Rules for full eligibility requirements. Finalists will be required to provide proof of enrollment documentation.

Prizes

  • 1st Place:  $10,000 Cash
  • 2nd Place:  $3,000 Cash
  • 3rd Place:   $2,000 Cash
See Official Rules for full contest details.

DIRECTV CINEMA+ presents the scholarship award to the Best Spanish Language Short Film from a College Student. The winner will be joining DIRECTV CINEMA+ Winners from Latin America for the Warner Bros summer program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts during the summer of 2018. We are seeking original short films up to 10 minutes in length, across all genres.

Challenge Description

  • Language: Film must be in Spanish
  • Length: The film’s final running time must not exceed 10 minutes, including credits
  • Supported video file type: .mp4
  • Genre: All genres accepted
  • No fee to enter

Eligibility

Students must be currently enrolled in college, film school or recent grads. Open to legal residents of the U.S. See Official Rules for full eligibility requirements.

Prize

Winner will attend the USC School of Cinematic Arts from June 25-Aug.10, 2018 (dates approx). Winner receives roundtrip air, housing and daily stipend during the course.

DirectTV Cinema
Ends on November 26, 2017

Do you have a passion for storytelling and creating short films? We are seeking short films from middle school and high school students, ages 13-18. Your mission is to create and submit a short film – between 90 seconds and 4 minutes - across one of the following themes:

Theme 1: How Education Opens Doors 
Create a video to inspire your peers about the importance of an education. Some themes you might consider are:
  • The importance of graduation
  • The power of mentorship
  • How education prepares you for the jobs of the future
Theme 2: Cyberbullying
Create a video to highlight the importance of positivity and kindness in a world where many young people face bullying (or may have bullied others). Some themes you might consider are:
  • How can mobile phones be used to spread positivity and kindness
  • The importance of stepping in to help others when they are facing bullying
Theme 3: Distracted Driving
Create a video to remind your peers why it’s an important not to drive distracted. Some themes you might consider are:
  • How everyone in a car has a responsibility to make sure a driver isn’t distracted
  • Nothing on a cell phone is more important than safe driving

PRIZES

• 1st Place:   All-expense paid trip (with parent/guardian chaperone) to participate in a Fresh Films summer or spring break program approximately 5-8 days in length, and a Camera Equipment Kit*
 2nd Place:  1-day Fresh Films workshop for winner and up to 9 friends in the winner's hometown, and a Camera Equipment Kit*
 3rd Place:   Camera Equipment Kit*

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

ENTRY & VIDEO REQUIREMENTS

  • Your original short film must incorporate one of the above themes
  • Length: Film must be a minimum of 90 seconds, not to exceed 4 minutes, including credits
  • Supported video file type:  .mp4
  • Language: Film must be in English
  • Must be original work completed by the student that enters
  • Filmmakers should avoid any trademarked names or logos of images appearing in their film
  • Selected finalists will be required to provide talent and location release clearance forms. If actors are under 18, talent release forms will require parent/guardian signature.
  • See Official Rules for full list of requirements
  • Youth Category FAQ 

JUDGING CRITERIA

For the youth category, winners are selected primarily based on the originality and promise of their vision. Don’t have professional-level equipment? That’s ok! Entries filmed on mobile devices are also accepted, and your entry will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Originality of message
  • Creativity
  • Characterization
  • Written description of vision for the film

ELIGIBILITY

Students must be currently enrolled in middle school or high school, ages 13-18. Must be U.S. resident. Finalists will be required to provide proof of enrollment documentation.

This category is supported by AT&T through its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire. Through Aspire, AT&T helps provide access to the education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.

For more information on our efforts to combat cyberbullying and distracted driving, visit our Later Haters and It Can Wait sites.


ATT Aspire
Ends on November 26, 2017

Awarded to the top three short films shot on smartphones, tablets, drones or sports action cams (GoPro). Short films must be no longer than 10 minutes (including credits), and all genres are accepted. Advances in mobile video technology has made filmmaking more accessible and affordable for aspiring creators. Whether you're an amateur or professional filmmaker and have a unique story to tell, we are encouraging you to share your original short films shot using mobile video technologies.

Challenge Description

  • Short film must be shot on smartphone, tablet, drone or GoPro
  • Length: The film’s final running time must not exceed 10 minutes, including credits
  • Genre: All genres accepted
  • Supported video file type: .mp4
  • Audio: External recording device(s) may be used if necessary
  • Films must be completed after January 1, 2015
  • You can use any software to edit your video
  • Raw Footage Proof: If selected as finalist, you must submit a 30-second raw footage clip used in the final cut of the film, uncut and unedited for the full duration of 30 seconds or longer to be accepted.
  • See Official Rules for full contest details
  • There is no fee to enter

Eligibility

Open to legal residents of the U.S. of majority age. See Official Rules for full eligibility requirements.

Prizes

  • 1st Place:  $10,000 Cash
  • 2nd Place:  $3,000 Cash
  • 3rd Place:   $2,000 Cash