Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in participating Miami/South Florida film schools/programs are welcome to apply for the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation CinemaSlam Competition 2019.The purpose of this Competition is to foster excellence in Miami- area student filmmaking as well as exposing students to the film festival aspect of the cinema industry. Also, the Competition aims at fostering student use of archival materials in film and video production, specifically material housed at the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Media Center.
Participating schools include Barry University, Center of Cinematography Arts & Television Miami, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Miami International University, New World School of the Arts (University of Florida), St. Thomas University, and University of Miami. The winning projects in all categories will be selected by a jury of industry professionals appointed in conjunction by the Festival and the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Media Center.
Starting in 2019, the Wolfson CinemaSlam Competition is open to COMPLETED SHORT FILMS as well as WORKS IN PROGRESS (in development, pre-production, production or post-production). Below are the detailed Regulations and Awards for each category:
COMPLETED SHORT FILMS:
- Films may be in the narrative, documentary, experimental, animated, or VR genres.
- Maximum runtime is 20 minutes.
- Film completion date must be October 2017 or later. Films submitted in a prior year are ineligible.
- Students must have been enrolled at the participating school on the completion date of their finished films.
- Films submitted may be part of a class project or an independent piece.
- Submissions are OPEN until Friday, January 18, 2019.
- Submissions MUST be uploaded to the Withoutabox platform in an acceptable resolution.
- Students must pay a submission fee of $10 to enter the competition.
- The exhibition format of films selected must be digital file[.
- The $5,000 Best Film Featuring Archival Material. To be eligible in this category, a student production must have made some use of archival material from Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College in a way that is essential to the student’s content. There is no minimum or maximum required percentage of the film’s running time devoted to archival material. (The cash award will be given to the winner school to distribute it to the student producer through the school’s scholarship program).
- Miami CinemaSlam Champion. The winner film will receive an engraved trophy to be given to the student producer.
- Best Director. The winner director will receive a certificate.
- Best Actor. The winner actor will receive a certificate.
- Best Actress. The winner actress will receive a certificate.
- Best Writing. The winner scriptwriter will receive a certificate.
- Best Documentary (or Best Narrative, if the CinemaSlam Champion is a Documentary). The winner film will receive a certificate given to the student producer.
- Best Technical Achievement. The winner will receive a certificate.
WORKS IN PROGRESS (WIP):
- Projects may be in development, pre-production, production or post-production
- Projects may be in the narrative, documentary, experimental, animated, or VR genres
- Projects will make any use of archival material from Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Archives in a way that is essential to the student’s content
- There is no minimum or maximum required percentage of the planned production running time devoted to archival material
- Projects will not be finished before March 10, 2019
- The completed film MUST be submitted to the 2020 Wolfson CinemaSlam Competition (submission fee will be waived)
- Submissions are OPEN until Friday, January 18, 2019
- Students must pay a submission fee of $10 to enter the competition
- Projects in development, pre-production and production, can submit the following material for consideration:
- One-page Treatment (in PDF format and in English language)
- Director and Producer Note of Intention (Max. one page in PDF format and in English language)
- Script (Max. 70 pages in PDF format and in English language)
- Video excerpt or scene (Max. 5 minutes as a private, shareable link)
Up to 15 awards of $1,000 cash will be awarded. The cash will be given directly to the winner schools for disbursements as Scholarships upon the successful completion of the film. Please note: Should the jury find less than 15 projects for consideration, the $15,000 cash awards funds will be evenly split among the jury’s selection of finalists.
- To locate the footage you can search the online catalog of the Wolfson Archives by entering specific keywords and phrases here: http://www.mdc.edu/archives/wolfson-archives/wolfson_archives_search.aspx.
- Results tagged as DIGITIZED will have a time-coded screener available to view when clicking on VIEW DETAILS.
- Wolfson Archives can also provide you links to these digitized screeners as downloadable files. To request them please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the ACCESSION NUMBER OF ITEM in the body of the message. The Subject line of the email should be as follows: CINEMASLAM + Name of the Project + Name of School.
- Items that are not already digitized will need to be assessed for availability.
- Please note: The turnaround time for any downloadable screeners depends on the preparation time needed, especially for items that are on film and have not yet been prepped or digitized. It can be as quick as within a day or two, or up to two weeks for 16mm films.
- These screeners can be incorporated into any rough edits to help you narrow down the footage you actually need for the final version of your film.
- To submit your final request for footage you should request only what will be in the final version of your film, because that is the only master footage Wolfson Archives will send you.
- To request the Master Footage List, use the same Subject line structure as above and include the following information for each shot from each item:
- ACCESSION NUMBER OF ITEM (same as the screener file name)
- ON-SCREEN TIME-CODE IN POINT
- ON-SCREEN TIME-CODE OUT POINT
- DURATION OF SHOT
- DESCRIPTION OF SHOT
- The turnaround time for master footage is at least two days.
- A license agreement will be issued for each production that requests master footage. The agreement needs to be signed by the Producer of the film the master footage is released.
- The master footage can be sent via Dropbox or you can bring your own hard drive and we will upload the material for you.
- Films to be submitted for the WOLFSON CINEMASLAM COMPETITION receive the master footage at no cost.