Accepting submissions:August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021
A fish out of water is the classic trope of placing a character in an unusual environment or situation to begin and/or advance the story, heighten tension, and/or to add comedic effect. Choose a historical figure or well-known cinematic character as your protagonist and place this person in a unique fish out of water moment.
Olivia plummets. She flies. She nosedives and then soars. Swept up in a whirlwind of emotion, Olivia finds a moment of catharsis from the comfort of musical birds after discovering her dad's medical condition.
As we slowly settle into a new normal in many parts of the world, what's clear is that things have forever changed. Create a short-form documentary-style video that highlights the new rhythm of a typical day for you as we start to emerge into the new world COVID-19 has forged.
Olivia is sitting in her room in upstate NY. She's in her early 30s and has received some bad news lately. Her father’s health is declining and she’s coming off a recent break-up. As she sits in an easy-chair thinking about her current situation, a loud train goes by further rattling her upset state of mind. This month’s challenge invites you to combine sound and music to help tell this story and to bring Olivia and her internal landscape to life.
While the world came to a standstill just over a year ago, podcasting as an artform has continued to thrive. Interview someone in your life about a significant experience or challenge that they’ve overcome during this past year. Create a short-form podcast episode using sound bites from this interview to create a compelling audio story.
It's the opportunity of a lifetime. The stakes are high as your main character is mere moments away from interviewing for their dream job. Your character is seated in an office when there's a knock on the door and the hiring manager enters. Your character's stomach drops, recognizing the person. Write the scene that picks up from this moment.
The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next 10 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows. Submit a one- to 15-minute short that shows us your artistic vision and unique voice as a filmmaker.
What if Ross and Rachel didn’t end up together? What if the Fresh Prince took place in London? What if McDreamy had never died? This month’s challenge invites you to imagine a world of “what if?” Choose two primary characters from a favorite TV show that you've watched and write a new scene that would change everything in their relationship.
As creators, having a great idea is only the first step. It's equally important to be able to communicate that idea effectively so potential collaborators, clients, or backers understand and buy into your vision. This challenge asks creators to create a 1-2 minute pitch video for a short story, short film or docu-short that quickly conveys the premise, tone, characters, creative execution, and/or why they're uniquely positioned to tell this story.
We are living in a time of global urgency. Climate change, racial inequality, and healthcare are just some of the hot topics that continue to spark debate in our everyday lives. This month's Challenge invites you to use your voice, to bring awareness to the issues of this moment, and to advocate for change.
Election season is upon us in some parts of the world, but no matter where you live, those who represent us as leaders should ideally inspire trust, hope and a vision for the future. Write a scene/sequence about a candidate or leader who encounters an unexpected human moment that will transform the way she/he thinks about an important issue affecting the people she/he wants to represent or lead.
It's no secret that we're living through unprecedented and complicated times, but there is always hope to be found and a new day ahead. This month's challenge invites you to envision what the future holds when we reach the other side of the pandemic and begin to experience connection in new ways.
A "meet cute" is a cinematic term used to describe the pivotal moment when two characters meet for the first time under unique, comical, or charming circumstances that lead to a future romantic relationship. In light of current times, we're more heavily relying on digital technology as a way to meet new people. Write a scene/sequence about two people who experience a digital meet cute.
Sound plays a vital role in telling a story in film. Beyond depicting what we see and lending a heightened sense of reality to a scene, sound can be used in bold and imaginative ways. A creative sound designer can make choices that are not obvious, going beyond the merely naturalistic to a more expressive dimension. Write a scene that provides an emotional landscape where sound can play a major role in telling the story.
Globally, we're living in a time when how we spend our day has changed. Choose one day during the month of June to capture a day in your life. Record the highlights of your day and edit it into a short-form documentary style video that's up to 8 minutes long.
During challenging times, there are always "helpers" to be found that remind us of the kindness of strangers. Write a scene/sequence about a character who experiences an "all is lost moment" who fortuitously receives the help of a stranger.
Crafting an ending that's both inevitable and surprising is very challenging. Select a feature film (well known, if possible) that ended in an unsatisfying way and rewrite the final scene. Sponsored by Final Draft
Interview a family member about something (an event, a relationship, an experience) in their background or in your family history that had a profound impact on their life, something you were always curious about.
Create a character and show us what happens when they receive a text message from an unknown sender that includes one of the following prompts: "I'm here" / "Remember me" / "Your time is up" / "Don't look back".