Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Call for submissions: The REEL Challenge Contest

The Canadian Film Centre has announced a call for submissions for its third edition of The REEL Challenge Contest.

Filmmakers are asked to submit a short film of 60 seconds or less about the importance of copyright and how the illegal copying and mass distribution of movies and the arts harms the industry and us all. Get started here to learn more about copyright.

The contest is open to all Canadians except residents of Quebec.

The First Prize is $10,000; Second Prize is $3,000; Third Prize is $2,000. Deadline to submit your short film is January 13, 2012.



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Toronto, September 6, 2011 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce a third round of The REEL Challenge Contest:  Celebrating the Movie and Television Industry at Work.

The REEL Challenge Contest is an opportunity for filmmakers to speak out on the importance of promoting and protecting a vibrant entertainment industry in Canada. This year's contest is your chance to make a short film or PSA celebrating the people collaborating behind the scenes in the movie and television industry as well as those working in related businesses, who together play a vital part in making the magic happen.

It's worth celebrating and it's worth protecting.

Canada has a world-class motion picture and television industry and you're closer to it than you think.  More than one million Canadians owe their jobs – directly or indirectly – to creative industries.  Tens of thousands of small businesses all over the country support movie and television production – companies in all kinds of lines of work from drycleaners to caterers, who count the motion picture industry as one of their many clients.  Last year alone, the total volume of film and television production in Canada was more than $4.9 billion and generated more than 117,000 full-time equivalent jobs (FTEs).

Filmed entertainment takes enormous amounts of time, investment, and effort to make – and in the age of the internet, no time at all to steal.  The REEL Challenge is your opportunity to help tell the story of a dynamic Canadian production industry that supports the livelihoods of the thousands of artists, creators, and workers – in front of the camera and behind it – who shoot and put together entertainment that will make us cry, laugh, or even see our world differently.

“When you purchase legitimate content you help support a thriving movie and television industry, which means more jobs, a stronger economy, and a greater array of entertainment choices for everyone,” said Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director of the CFC. “The REEL Challenge Contest is an initiative that aims to raise awareness that in order for creativity and prosperity to continue to flourish in the digital age, copyright matters.”

Eligible submissions should be under sixty (60) seconds in length. The contest runs September 6, 2011  - January 13, 2012. Three prizes will be awarded:  first CDN$10,000, second $3,000 and third $2,000.

All categories and genres of new short film will be accepted, including drama, comedy, animation, horror, sci-fi, documentary and experimental videos.  Prizes will be awarded to the contestants whose submissions best illustrate the importance of the creative industries at work and are considered the most compelling, provocative and innovative in content and delivery.

Full contest details, guidelines and tips to help you make your film are available at www.thereelchallenge.ca

Click HERE to watch the three winning entries from 2011 about how the illegal copying and mass distribution of movies on the Internet ultimately hurts the creative industries and you.

The REEL Challenge Contest is an initiative of the Canadian Film Centre, supported by the Copyright Collective of Canada. Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada (excluding residents of Quebec.)


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