- Increase the number of submissions
- Have at least one or more woman-led teams (last year, unless I’m mistaken, there did not appear to be one team in this category!)
In case you’re unfamiliar with the Mind2Movie challenge, it’s a film competition in which you have 72 hours to complete a short. Sound easy? Well not so fast, Quick Draw! It’s named “challenge” for a good reason! On opening evening (which this year is Thursday, January 23), you’re randomly given a character, a prop, and a situation that needs to be incorporated in your five minute film. In advance of the competition’s start, you better have your ducks in a row, including actors, writers, crew and equipment, because it’s “off to the races” once you get your assignments…. You have a mere 72 hours to complete a five minute short. By Sunday evening (January 26), it’s time to submit your best, polished work on DVD for the judges (this year, Rochester Finger Lakes Film Commissioner Nora Brown and Dan Casper of Epic10 Films) to determine the first ($300) and second place ($100) winners. The team at RCTV also reviews the submissions to give a “Best Editing” award ($100). Additionally, this year, one of the teams of four or more will receive free professional catering from Lorraine’s Food Factory.
This will be the third year in which RCTV has participated, and each year at the screening (which is a blast, and takes place this year at the Cinema Theater on Monday, February 10 at 7 PM), I’m always amazed at the variety of submissions. I’ve seen everything from claymation and film noir to comedy and drama. What I love most about it is that Mind2Movie is a celebration of the rampant creativity in this community!
If you enjoy making films and want a fun, fast-paced challenge, consider entering the Rochester Movie Makers’ Mind2Movie Challenge. To enter the competition and get the early bird pricing, it’s $25 per team for RMM Members (must have at least 2 members per team for the discounted entry fee) and $40 per team for Non-members. Teams must register on or before January 16, and pricing increases after December 30. (After Dec. 30 – $35 RMM Member, $50 Non-member; After Jan. 10 – $50 Members, $75 Non-members).
For more details or to enter the competition, visit Rochester Movie Makers Mind2Movie Challenge.
by Carol White Llewellyn