Published: Apr 26, 2018
Updated: Apr 26, 2018

Enter the 2018 AT&T SHAPE Create-a-thon for a Chance to Film at Warner Bros. Studios

Author: Ed Donahue

AT&T SHAPE Create-a-thon for 2018

AT&T SHAPE is taking place on June 2-3 at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. During the immersive event that explores the convergence of technology and entertainment, we’re offering filmmakers a rare opportunity. At the AT&T SHAPE Create-a-thon, we’ll invite teams to spend the weekend producing a short film on-site at Warner Bros. Studios.

The AT&T SHAPE Create-a-thon is a competition that challenges content creators and filmmakers to produce a short film during a weekend. We’re looking for creative thinkers and doers from emerging talent to industry veterans to join us at this special filmmaking event. Interested? You can join the competition by submitting your film or video idea for a chance to be part of the challenge and be eligible to win cash prizes.


How to Pitch Your Film Idea

We are looking for ideas in all genres for all types of short form videos that are less than five minutes including shorts, narrative shorts, and webisodes. The submission period is open from March 20 to April 27 and it’s completely free to submit your idea to the competition. Here’s what you need to do: Include script/proposal and storyboard, which must be 30 pages or less. Just be sure that you hold complete ownership and rights to the submitted project idea.

We’ll review all submissions received by April 27th and evaluate them based on creativity and originality, entertainment value, and project scope (i.e. can the film be completed in the allotted time). On May 14-18, we’ll notify the teams that will advance to the next round. If your idea and team make the cut, you’ll be invited to flex your creative muscle and film a scene for your short at Warner Bros. Studios. We’ll assign each team a filming location, where they’ll shoot a scene that must be included in their short film entry on June 2nd or 3rd.

Here’s what your team will be competing for:

Best Overall Film

1st Place – $10,000 for the team
2nd Place – $5,000 for the team

Best Overall Mobile Film
(In this category, films must be shot on a smartphone, tablet or drone.)

1st Place – $10,000 for the team
2nd Place – $5,000 for the team

All shorts will be due on June 9-10. We’ll open online voting for the finalists on June 22nd. The winners will be announced when online voting closes.


Tips for Success at the AT&T SHAPE Create-a-thon

Ready to submit your idea? Here are some additional tips to consider when flushing out your idea and entering it in the competition.

  • Recommended length of the script should be 1-30 pages and use 12-point Courier font to format the document.
  • File format for the script: .pdf, .doc, or .docx
  • File format for the stroryboard: .pdf, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .doc, .docx, .ppt, or .pptx
  • Name the file: Script/Storyboard Name of Film by Team Name.
  • A cover or title page is optional. If you decide to use one, include the film title, author name, and team name.
  • As a creative challenge for you and your team, you’ll need to include a scene filmed at Warner Bros. Studios at an assigned location and time. We recommend including any notes or script adaptations in your storyboard that you’ll need to make to meet this requirement.
  • Your storyboard should serve as a document that addresses what scenes and shots you need for your film or video.

View the official rules for the competition. Enter today!

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