Most video contest/spec commercial sites occasionally run semi-secret “pro” contests that aren’t exactly open to the public. Companies love these pro contests because they’re guaranteed to get professional-looking videos. But any mid-sized production company can deliver a decent web ad. So I guess some sponsors go out of their way to hire video contest filmmakers because they also want their ads to have an organic, crowdsource-y feel to them.
Only the best and most successful members of sites like Mofilm, Tongal and
Poptent ever get invited to participate in these contests. But now Mofilm is experimenting with a public version of their Pro assignments. Right now they’re accepting ideas from all members of the Mofilm community for a contest sponsored by Dove. Here are the details:
At this stage we’re looking for great filmmakers with a great subject. We are not looking for detailed treatments, just the basic outline of your story.
Step 1) Download the brief and read it carefully.
Step 2) Submit your idea for a film via the submission form above before the deadline. You must include a picture of the planned subject of your film. Don’t forget to include your showreel or previous MOFILM work.
After reviewing the submissions, Dove and MOFILM will select six to move into the second stage and develop into full, detailed treatments. From these six treatments, three will be chosen to move forward into production and awarded the production budget of $20,000 to make their film. One of the three commissioned will also join MOFILM to celebrate at the LA event in November!
There is a $500 fee paid for those who complete a treatment, this will be included in the production budget for those treatments selected for production.
I’m not sure how much of that $20K the filmmaker gets to keep for himself. And what happens if they don’t spend the entire budget? If I was selected for this I’d probably pay my mom two grand to do craft services and then I’d pay all my friends $100 each to focus test my video. And that right there is reason #23 and #24 why I never get selected for these types of contests. Of course reason #1 is that I’m a my Mofilm track record suuucks. I’ve entered maybe three or four mofilm contests over the years and I’ve never placed once. And I actually won production grants for some of those videos! Actually, I think those grants are what really messed me up. I’m used to shooting videos for like $80 so if someone gives me $1,500 my natural low-budget style gets all screwed up. So anyway, I probably won’t apply for the Dove contest but you should because you’re awesome and I love you and goddammit I believe in you!
You can find the listing for the Dove contest (and I assume future MofilmPro contests) at the bottom of their Live Briefs page: https://www.mofilm.com/briefs/open