Archive for April 3rd, 2007

Be a Filmaka

3rd April 2007 by Maura McHugh is an online community established by a mixture of independent producers, industry professionals and film financiers.

The goal of is to give undiscovered filmmakers an opportunity to show custom made short films to industry professionals, award prizes to the most talented among them, and to find one truly talented director who will win a feature film deal with Filmaka at the end of the year.

Filmaka allows filmmakers to submit short films at the Entry Level, where they will be voted on by their own peers and at the Jury Level films are selected by a panel of industry professionals. The jury includes Thomas Augsberger, Mariela Besuievsky, Laura Bickford, Tim Delaney, Colin Firth, Werner Herzog, Dr Herbert Kloiber, Kenneth Lemberger, Neil LaBute, John Madden, Deepak Nayar, Zak Penn, Bill Pullman, Paul Schrader and Wim Wenders.

Filmaka will offer cash prizes to filmmakers in periodic competitions, but only one filmmaker will win a feature film deal over the course of one year after having competed with the winners, runner-ups and special prizewinners of each contest. Filmaka will also offer a revenue share opportunity in connection with the short films which the Company decides to pick up for distribution.

Beg or borrow a camera and get filming.

Short play competition

3rd April 2007 by Maura McHugh

The NativeAliens Theatre Collective of New York is soliciting plays for its 8th annual Short Stories playwrights’ festival.

A celebration of the playwright, Short Stories 8, will be a collection of short plays from the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender perspective that will be produced together for a week’s run in late June of 2007. This year’s theme is “Urban View” so all plays should be relevant to gay life in the big city.

The details on how to enter the competition are on the web site. The deadline for receipt of submissions is April 13.

bloc monologues

3rd April 2007 by Maura McHugh

bloc, the online magazine is running a competition for “original and entertaining monologues, suitable for broadcast, on the theme of Ecstasy. From religion to raving, from sex to childbirth, the word ecstasy conjures up many images. What does it mean to you?”

The prizes are unspecified, but the three winners will have their monologues produced and filmed for the April issue of bloc

The deadline is April 16, and the monologue should be between 800-1000 words long.