SpeakeasyShorts is a new type of film competition — a collaboration between filmmakers and storytellers. Filmmaking teams have only 5 days to write, shoot, edit—and screen a film based on stories from eight local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams had heard the stories before they were presented.
On November 13, filmmaking teams will discover which story they have been paired with — and have 5 days to create a short film (less than 8 minutes) based on a true tale. The films premier the following weekend (November 21) — and one team walks away with a $1,000 cash prize!
Storytelling: November 13, 2015
Film Premieres: November 21, 2015
Want to see your story made into a short film? Pitch us your story or idea. Keep in mind that not all stories can be turned into film easily. The best candidates will have a lot of action, a setting that can be filmed, characters that can be cast, drama, tension, and a strong narrative arc. If most of the story happens through your internal thoughts, it will be hard to film. If it takes place on a roller coaster, it will be hard to film. Get it? And you may pitch a story you’ve performed before.
APPLICATION TO PITCH YOUR STORY
- All film teams must apply to participate. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Sixteen (16) teams will be selected to compete. Teams will be selected by October 11, 2015.
- All applications must include 3 samples of previous work in the form of vimeo.com links
- Two significant members of your team (Director, Writer, DP, Producer) must reside in Washington, DC at the time of competition.