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Current Challenge

Free Skate (Co-Hosted with the Blackhouse)

Accepting submissions:May 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Create a project in any genre that uses this image of roller skates as inspiration.

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Recent Challenge Winner

First Impressions: Not All is Lost!

One of Us

B. Allen
Director- Screenwriter
Atlanta, GA, USA

Logline: Based on true events, One of US follows a Caucasian mothers first encounter with police brutality happening to her Black son...over the phone.

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis: After learning that her son Perry stole the car to go to a party, Teresa scolds him over the phone for his foolish behavior. Moments later Perry is pulled over for speeding. Understanding that a traffic stop for her son is a serious situation, Teresa gives her son an instruction that she believes is wise only to see it backfire into a tirade of aggression and fear. Even with her husband Gabe intervening, Teresa is forced to endure hearing her offspring being harmed and helpless.

I was inspired not only from this true event that I learned about reading an article on police brutality, but I am faced with my mothers consistent fear of my safety. In her justified paranoia, teaching me how to act and speak around Police officers was her highest priority. My goal writing and directing this project was to showcase that motherly fear and suspense in a cinematic way.


Vimeo link in case video player lags: https://vimeo.com/325355687

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Past Challenges

42 submissions

First Impressions: Not All is Lost!

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You only get one chance for a first impression - tell the story of an important meeting that goes terribly wrong

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51 submissions

My So-Called Family

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Write the first 5-10 pages of the TV pilot about your family: can be in any genre!

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16 submissions

Three's a Crowd

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Create a piece in any format or genre in which a Valentine's Day dinner takes a twist

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15 submissions

Strangers on a Train, on a Plane, at a Bar!

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What happens when two strangers are forced together, if even for a moment? Create a scene to win the Challenge.

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11 submissions

Pitch Perfect

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Pitching is an art and a science - pitch your passion project in 90-120 seconds.

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6 submissions

Are You Next?

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Horror takes many forms: slasher, gore, psychological, existential, camp, science fiction... whatever you imagine, horror can be. Tap into your dark side to craft a piece of work that gives us a new kind of fright.

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Back to School/Back to Work

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In parts of the world, September is a time when the summer is over and it's back to school or back to work, a time to start over.

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Karaoke Throwdown!

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Write a short scene in any genre where your main character performs karaoke. What’s the setting, what song does she/he select, who else is present and what’s their response, what’s the conflict or obstacle in the scene for the main character, what does it reveal about them? Have fun! (Note: Please do not use or share copyrighted material without permission as part of this Challenge!)

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14 submissions

Turning Point

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When a character confronts what she/he fears most, it's often a key turning point for their journey/ emotional arc. Write or shoot a scene or sequence that illuminates this Challenge. Use any genre, any medium, go deep, have fun!

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12 submissions

Who Owns The Yellow Truck?

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s the story behind this one?

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15 submissions

Make Us Care

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Accept the Challenge to create a character or film a character who pulls us in!

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4 submissions

Identity Without Borders

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Create a short that provides a window into any of the many facets of your identity.

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