We want YOUR environmental comedy pitch!!!
$500 for the winner!
The Digital Filmmaking Institute (DFI), known best for the Duke City Shootout, is soliciting pitches for a 2-3 minute mini-film portraying environmentally laughably unsound ways of living.
You don’t have to be a filmmaker or a writer to enter this competition—just a little creativity will do.
The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and the opportunity to participate in the development of their concept into a short script and film. Participation in the filmmaking is optional.
Headed by prize-winning, professional filmmakers, the DFI production team will complete shooting and edit of the mini-film by the end of May, 2012. The mini-film will then be premiered at Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre and featured on DFI’s “Ecologue” website: www.nmecopedia.org. You can view the 2011 winner at the same place.
Here are the rules and guidelines:
1. Anyone 16 or over may enter. There is NO ENTRY FEE. You may submit up to 3 entries.
2. The entry consists of a “pitch” or story idea (NOT a script) that is an Environmental Comedy. By Environmental Comedy, or EnCom, we mean a movie that takes an entertaining look at behaving badly in a beautiful environment.
3. The pitch must be 250 words or less. You can either email it, or send us a link to your video where you pitch it to us in the same number of words.
1. Your name and full address
2. Your best contact number and email address
3. The working title for your pitch
4. The written pitch (remember, 250 or less that can be attached as a pdf, doc., docx file), or link to your video presentation of the pitch (250 words or less).
5. The winner will be selected on March 8, 2012.
Hints and guidelines for entries:
1. Be brief as you can while still getting your main idea across. Intrigue us. Tickle our fancy. We want to learn something AND, be entertained.
2. Keep the ideas simple. We must be able to easily produce the clip. We have to be practical and the shoot must be doable on a limited budget. And remember, the clip will be no more than 3 minutes.
3. The style is up to you: narrative, anecdotal, mocumentary, farce, slapstick, or anything you imagine will strike people as funny.
Questions you might ask:
1. What do we consider an environmental comedy?
a. Something that shows a lack of environmental consciousness as revealed in the ludicrous acts of oblivious people.
b. For an example, see the 2011 winner "Trashelopes" at www. nmecopedia.org
2. What resources do we have for shooting this short movie?
a. Your winnings amount ten per cent of our budget. We can ask a lot of favors and expect some in-kind donations, but a pitch that realizes we obviously can’t afford expensive stunts, or elaborate settings, is one that has more likelihood of becoming a finalist.
3. What do we look for in a pitch?
a. An idea that has visual impact. Remember, this is movie, not a play, or a monologue, or a talking heads documentary. We need to see what you’re thinking.
c. The main action of your story. Where does it take place, who wins, who loses and what action causes this to happen.
d. Vivid characters who are part of the action.
e. Surprising twists in the plot, or revelations of character.
4. What don’t we want in a pitch?
a. Anything vague.
i. Ideas without images
ii. Rambling steam-of-consciousness feeling.
b. A story with no surprises
i. If we’ve seen it before, then it’s not surprising
c. A story with no characters.
i. Character can be attributed to inanimate objects that act
d. Expensive big special effects.
THIS PROJECT IS SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE
URBAN ENHANCEMENT TRUST FUND