Published: Apr 10, 2017
Updated: Dec 14, 2017

Recap: AT&T Create-a-thon in New York featuring shorts with a new twist on popular cultural themes

Author: Ed Donahue

NY-createathon-mdOn St. Patrick’s Day, the AT&T Developer Program kicked off our first 2017 New York event: AT&T Create-a-thon – New York! We flew across the country to check out the city that never sleeps and challenged filmmakers to create a short film over a weekend. New Yorkers didn’t disappoint! We had over 100 creators come out to Primary in the Financial District to attend the event.

Eric Lau of Solar Film/Video Productions was the featured speaker for the Create-a-thon kick-off. Eric imparted some useful advice to participants such as having a backup plan and being flexible if something isn’t working and use it as an opportunity to tell a creative or new story.

On Saturday, teams filmed on location all over New York City. We were able to catch up with a few teams to get some behind the scenes sneak peeks. Some teams were filming outside in the snow, others were inside working with lighting setups, and while some groups were grabbing coffee en route from one location to the next. Teams were at all different stages and it was so much fun to get a glimpse at their process.

After a long weekend of filming and editing, films were submitted on Sunday afternoon. We screened all the submissions and it was wonderful to watch the diversity of films entered. During the judging deliberations, the films that had a creative story/perspective or had a twist on a classic story came out on top. Keep reading to find out who won!

Best Film/Video Overall

1st place: Fresh Check – “There’s a mobile app Fresh Scan that scans for the expiration dates on food products, and it turns out it can do much more.”

2nd place: Love Cycle – “A jealous girlfriend and how she tends to deal with her boyfriend whom she thinks is cheating on her.”

3rd place: New York 1 – “A young boy gets bullied by everyone including himself.”

Best Film/Video Shot Using a Mobile Device

No Consideration – “The film deals with rude individuals on cellphones.”

#ATTCreators Twitter Raffle Winner: Dan Boujoulian (@danhattan)

 You can see all the shorts created by watching the AT&T Create-a-thon New York playlist.

Stay up to date with all the upcoming AT&T New York events by joining the New York Tech & Entertainment – Workshops & Competitions meetup.

New York has some amazing creator communities, make sure to check these out:

A huge “Thank you!” to our event sponsors for helping to make this event possible!




Teams brainstorming. Courtesy of @pacholec.


The winning teams. Courtesy of @pacholec
The winning teams. Courtesy of @pacholec.

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