Short And Sweet Movie Challenge
Saturday May 24, 2008
THE countdown continues to the Hunter's micro-movie challenge, The Herald 2 Minute Showdown.Aspiring filmmakers have the chance to showcase their talents and be in the running for $5000 worth of prizes.The Showdown also allows filmmakers to get their eye in for Newcastle's celebrated Shoot Out Film Festival in July.Entrants in the Showdown will be asked to create a two-minute, in-camera edited micro-movie. And as a further challenge, in the spirit of Shoot Out, each filmmaker must include four of five nominated items.Those items celebrate life in the Hunter and will be revealed in The Herald over the next week, beginning on Monday.All entrants in the Showdown will receive a $40 discount on the entry fee in the Shoot Out Film Festival in July.A panel of judges will select 10 finalists in the Showdown and those films will be available for viewing online at theherald.com.au.The judges will choose a winner and a runner-up and readers will also have their chance to pick a winner by logging on to theherald.com.au.The judges' choice will receive $2500 and an automatic team entry (up to eight members) in the Shoot Out competition.The winning film will be screened at the Shootout Top Ten screening and awards ceremony on July 13. The runner-up will receive $1000 and a JVC Everio Hybrid camcorder valued at $799.The winner of the readers' choice section will receive $500 and a JVC compact and easy digital video camera valued at $399. Go to theherald.com.au on Monday for more competition details and tips on in-camera editing.And don't forget to get your Herald on Monday to discover the first of four items that must be included in your film.