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Last chance to try for a shot at NYFF trailer fame! Contest ends September 9th!

September 1, 2009


The clock is running down, but there’s still plenty of time to try for a shot at festival greatness! Our NYFF Trailer Competition with the web’s foremost social network for filmmakers,, wraps on September 9th. That leaves you all of Labor Day weekend to put the final touches on your masterpiece. Remember, a lot’s riding on this: fame, glory, and VIP access to the New York Film Festival.

Enter now at


Just three weeks left! Could your masterpiece appear at the New York Film Festival?

August 19, 2009

Filmmakers, now’s the time to brush off those fantastic ideas celebrating the art of film. Our search for the next great New York Film Festival has just three weeks left! That’s plenty of time to whip up a masterpiece, so get cracking! The winner will live it up like a VIP, but there’s plenty of great stuff for finalists, too. You can enter at

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Terrific opportunity for emerging documentary filmmakers at the Paley Center

August 13, 2009

The Paley Center (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) has an interesting workshop/competition now looking for entrants. During DocFest, five preselected emerging nonfiction filmmakers will pitch their ideas to a panel of documentary producers. All finalists get feedback, but the winner walks away with $5,000 toward finishing their film.

Deadline is September 25. Read more about the contest.

And whether you make documentaries or cartoons, you’ll want to check out our search for the next great New York Film Festival Trailer, presented with Your piece could premiere during the New York Film Festival!

A HUGE opportunity for filmmakers: Could YOUR trailer open the New York Film Festival?

August 10, 2009


Fancy yourself a budding Scorsese? The chance to appear at a major festival may be closer than you think!

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has long cultivated a community of passionate film enthusiasts and filmmakers. On the web, brings together a community of 10,000 independent video makers who apply their know-how to assignments from big brands and organization.

For the 47th Annual New York Film Festival, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Poptent have joined forces to create a unique opportunity for filmmakers to create a 30-90 second trailer that will premiere during the New York Film Festival and be adapted to run year round in front of Film Society programming.

The exposure and excitement are priceless, but here are some things you can win if your trailer is selected:

  • A VIP pass for two for all screenings during the 2009 New York Film Festival.
  • The distinction of having your trailer premiere during the New York Film Festival and possibly play in the Film Society’s screening venues year-round.
  • Two passes to the Opening Night party
  • A year-long subscription to Young Friends of Film, which includes regular special events including exclusive screenings, parties, and director Q & A’s
  • A limited-edition poster for the 47th Annual New York Film Festival
  • A two-year subscription to Film Comment Magazine
  • One Flip Cam HD

There are fantastic prizes for runners-up as well. What are you waiting for? Enter now!


A month of duels: Soderbergh vs. Tarkovsky

July 8, 2009

In the spirit of some of the greatest duels in the history of drama (we’re thinking Shakespeare here, of course), we present to you a month of duels: we put forth two contenders, you decide the winner.

First, the original Russian trailer for Tarkovsky‘s Solaris:

Second, the 2002 George Clooney-starring Solaris remake by Steven Soderbergh.

Who’s the winner? Remember you can see the Tarkovsky original here on Thursday and Friday.

Stay tuned for more duels in the coming weeks!

Cinema for Commuters: Enter the Toronto Urban Film Fest by July 15!

July 3, 2009

I LOVE this idea! The Toronto transit system is hosting a competition for short films, under one minute in length, that will ultimately be screened on subway platforms. According to the official website of the competition: “The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) is the only film festival of its kind in North America, and one of the largest in the world with an average daily viewing audience of over 1 million. The 3rd annual TUFF is programmed on the Onestop Network of 270 subway platforms screens throughout the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).”

Better yet, the contest is open to us Yankees. It’s true that little time is left before the deadline on July 15th, but cool prizes are at stake. And you can’t beat a captive audience.

Full info here

MTA, are you listening?

Musical Madness at the Film Society this 4th of July weekend!

June 24, 2009

Singin’ in the Rain · Grease · Top Hat · The King and I · Rocky Horror · Purple Rain · Viva Las Vegas · Cabaret · Ziegfeld Follies · Purple Rain · Meet Me In Saint Louis · Oliver · Swing Time · The Gang’s All Here ·  Love Me or Leave Me · Pal Joey ·  On the Town · Tommy

Wall-to-wall musicals will screen during one exuberant weekend at the Film Society. Here are a few favorite moments to help whet your appetite for the singing and dancing. And remember, you can still enter for your chance to win passes to this musical extravaganza. Just share your favorite musical memory by next Tuesday and you could win!