WINNERS - BEST OVERALL STANDARD FILM

1ST PLACE - $10,000

TENDER TOUCHES - "MANIAC"

Tender Touches is a comedic Short-Form Web Series following certified animal healer Phrannie (yes, that's "Franny" with a "Ph”) in her everyday work helping animals that struggle with various spiritual and mental health challenges. Owners travel from far and wide with their beloved pets for Phrannie’s signature “Musical Treatments,” which consist of her passionately lip syncing meaningful and appropriate parodies of top 40 hits to the suffering animals. In Episode #2 "Maniac," repeat customer Leslie returns with her despondent parakeet, Portia De Rossi. Phrannie aptly diagnoses Portia de Rossi with Avian bi-polar and through song helps her own her mania and find inner peace.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Directed & Produced by Sarah Smith
Written & Produced by Phillip Guttmann
Starring: Frances Chewning as Phrannie & Paula Lauzon as Leslie

WEBSITE

tendertouches.net

2ND PLACE - $5,000

THUNDERDANCE

In the 1950s, a young Native American man working as a diner dishwasher uses the art of the dance to find his place between the Indian Relocation Act and the American dream.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Lee Cipolla
Screenwriter: Montana Cypress
Producers: Montana Cypress, Lee Cipolla
Dance Choreographer: Danielle Deborah

WEBSITE

https://www.youtube.com/Multiversalmedia
https://www.fieldlightfilms.com/

 

WINNERS - BEST OVERALL MOBILE FILM

1ST PLACE - $10,000

BETTER THAN SOMEDAYS

An aspiring film director gets the chance of a life time when she notices that magic is coming alive on her phone, while on a tour of a studio lot.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Written and Directed by: Caroline Roberts
Produced by: Anuj Gupta, Caroline Roberts, Katherine Street, Monica-Tezla Solis Vega-Gorsun
Starring: Monique Brown, Celina Dean, Aileen Burdock

WEBSITE

http://fb.me/betterthansomedays

2ND PLACE - $5,000

RUSH JOB

A woman rushing to a job interview accidentally closes her car door on her dress and must figure out a way to free herself.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Writer, director, producer, actor: Matt DeNoto
Actor: Sasha Snow
Director of photography: Max Kurtz

WEBSITE

mattdenoto.com

WINNER - BEST USE OF IBM WATSON MEDIA TOOLS

1ST PLACE - $5,000

STUCK

A black student struggles with being labeled by others as he attempts to escape a rut. Starring Realeboga Kgobokoe and Qingge Gao.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Writer/Director/Producer - Ryan Larkin
Director of Photography - Logan Fulton, Steven Talens
Editor - Weiyang Li

WEBSITE

http://youtube.com/c/thinkfastvideo


WINNER - RED DIGITAL HONORABLE MENTION

Mesti-so Poster

1ST PLACE - $5,000

MESTI-SO?!

Currently being considered for festivals.

In a world where having light skin is glorified, Ron finds out that, in Hollywood, being of mixed-race is not the advantage he once thought it was.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Story, Writer – Ron Nery Jr
Director, Editor, Writer – Ross Willett
Producers – Ron Nery Jr, Rommel Andaya
Director of Photography – Alan Chung

WEBSITE

https://www.RonNeryJr.com/
https://www.instagram.com/RAWMIXpro/

JUDGES

Liz Manashil

LIZ MANASHIL

Manager
Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative

In addition to her work at Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative, Liz is also a feature writer and film director. She earned her B.A. in Film & Media Studies at Washington University, and her M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Liz spent several years as a film critic for the PBS/Hulu series Just Seen It and has worked with distribution guru Peter Broderick. Her debut feature, Bread and Butter, was called “an absolute must-watch for women everywhere” by HelloGiggles. Liz is currently in pre-production on her next film, Speed of Life.

Robin Robinson

ROBIN ROBINSON

Programming Coordinator
Nashville Film Festival

Robin Robinson is the Programming Coordinator for the Academy Award-qualifying Nashville Film Festival where she manages their Screenwriting Competition and serves as a Senior Programmer. While solely responsible for their Episodic programming, she also has experience programming narrative, documentary and new director films. She is an M.F.A. candidate at the Watkins Film School with a focus in screenwriting.

Kirsten Schaffer

KIRSTEN SCHAFFER

Executive Director
Women In Film

Kirsten Schaffer is the Executive Director of Women In Film, Los Angeles—the preeminent organization promoting gender parity in Hollywood. Previously, she spent fourteen years at Outfest, as Director of Programming before being appointed Executive Director in 2009. She is widely credited as having grown Outfest into the leading LGBT media arts organization that it is. During Schaffer’s tenure at Outfest, she launched three new programs for the organization: The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival and OutSet, the Young Filmmakers Project from the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Outfest. Kirsten has extensive experience in film programming, small business management and arts administration. She is a graduate of National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program and the Wells Fargo New Executive Director Institute. Kirsten was named one of POWER UP’s "Top 10 Women in Show Business," and was the recipient of a "Women in Business" Award from Senator Liu.

You!

YOU BE THE JUDGE!

The Audience Vote from June 22 – June 25 counts as one finalist judge.

PRIZES

BEST OVERALL FILM

 

1ST PLACE

$10,000
for the team

 

2ND PLACE

$5,000
for the team

BEST OVERALL MOBILE FILM

 

Films must be shot on smartphone, tablet or drone. If selected as a finalist, you must submit a 30-second raw footage clip used in the final cut of the film, uncut and unedited for the full duration of 30 seconds or longer to be accepted.

 

1ST PLACE

$10,000
for the team

 

2ND PLACE

$5,000
for the team

BEST USE OF IBM WATSON MEDIA TOOLS

 

Combining technology and entertainment, AT&T Create-a-thon production teams will have access to Watson Video Enrichment and Watson Captioning to garner deep metadata about their content and easily and quickly apply captions making their content instantly more accessible.

 

1ST PLACE

$5,000
for the team

RED DIGITAL HONORABLE MENTION

 

The RED HYDROGREN ONE advances the way we create and view content. One production team will be selected to receive RED HYDROGEN ONE devices (once available).

 

1ST PLACE

RED HYDROGEN ONE devices
for the production team (up to 4)

SCHEDULE

MARCH 20 - APRIL 27

Script and storyboard submissions

MAY 14 - 18

We'll notify the teams that are advancing to the next round

JUNE 2-3

Teams film onsite at AT&T SHAPE

JUNE 9 - 10

Film submissions due

JUNE 22 - 25

Online voting for finalist films

JUNE 27

Winners announced

FAQs AND OFFICIAL RULES

View frequently asked questions about the AT&T Create-a-thon and download the complete set of official rules.

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