The Black Lives Matter Film Challenge ( A Film Con Challenge) is a filmmaking contest inspired by the epic global movement to elevate black lives and eliminate racism worldwide. Filmmakers from within San Diego County, across the United States of America and throughout the world are invited to participate. Filmmakers will have until November 18th to write, edit, shoot and submit an under 10 minute film based on or inspired by their experiences.

Filmmakers will have to do the following:

Write, Shoot and Edit a narrative film, documentary film or experimental film under 10 minutes

Film can be based on a true experience or inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

For films that are not explicitly about or inspired by the BLM movement: The words Black Lives Matter, Police Brutality, Racism or another word associated with the BLM movement should be spoken on camera by one character in the film.

You should Include 2 creative elements in the produced film (see below)

Multiple awards will be given in many categories including Best Film. Categories TBD.

Audience choice awards will be given to the film that gets the most “likes” and “shares” on social media.

”Best of” Selections will be screened at SD Film Week 2021 or in a special screening presented by San Diego Film Week.

Filmmakers will have to do the following:

Write, Shoot and Edit a narrative film, documentary film or experimental film under 10 minutes

Film can be based on a true experience or inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

For films that are not explicitly about or inspired by the BLM movement: The words Black Lives Matter, Police Brutality, Racism or another word associated with the BLM movement should be spoken on camera by one character in the film.

(Optional) Include 2 creative elements in the produced film (see below).


We hope to create unique and interesting stories that are visually distinctive and highlight real stories of real people during the Black Lives Matter movement.


“Best of” selection of films will be screened in a special 2021 San Diego Film Week Screening. Selected films will also be released online on an ongoing basis leading up to to the 2021 San Diego Film Week.


An audience choice award will be given to the film that gets the most “likes” and “shares” on social media.

”Best of” Selections will be screened at SD Film Week 2020 or in a special screening presented by San Diego Film Week

Who We Are:

Film Consortium San Diego is a social venture that stimulates film and television production in the region and increases networking, employment, education, funding and distribution opportunities in film, television and new media. The Film Consortium holds various networking, screening and awards events including the San Diego Film Awards, San Diego Film Week and produces the annual Local Film Showcase at the GI Film Festival San Diego.

Contest Rules and Guidelines:

These rules apply to each participating production team. The Film Consortium SD may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the official timed period.

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The 2020 Black Lives Matter Film Challenge - Film Con Challenge will accept films that were created between March 21st, 2020 and Wednesday November 18th, 2020. This is the “Official Time Period”.

The participating filmmakers must submit their film by the competition deadline in order to qualify for the competition (this includes submitting the film to the
Black Lives Matter Film Challenge on FilmFreeway. Only films that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition and be eligible for awards.

Creative Process
All creativity must take place during the Official Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:

Adapting script
Costume/Set Design
Sound Design/Coloring
Outputting to tape or other media

The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is:
Organizing Crew
Organizing Cast
Securing Equipment
Scouting/Securing Locations

Optional Elements
Each participating filmmaker will be asked to choose optional elements that they are encouraged to use in its film. These selected creative elements include types of camera movements, shots & edits. The elements must be seen on screen.

List of Creative Elements
Each team will choose two optional creative elements that must be used in their film. The final list of creative elements include:

Dutch angle
One shot
Slow Motion
Hero Shot
Jump Cuts
Zolley Shot
Freeze Frame
Dolly shot
Jump Scare

Animal Safety
Animal safety, like cast and crew safety, is an important part of the Film Con Challenge. Films that result in the death or mutilation of an animal will be disqualified.

Any type of video or film camera may be used. There is no limit to the number of cameras. Use of a Panasonic Lumix camera is encouraged but not required.

Music Rights
Participating groups are encouraged to work with a composer and/or musicians to write and record music for the films. It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them. Note: Song parodies (i.e., use of identifiable pre-existing compositions with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition's rights holder. This rule applies without regard to whether the song parody arguably constitutes "fair use" under US or international copyright law.

Total Running Time
The finished film must be a maximum of 5 minutes in duration—not including end credits. In other words, the official running time begins after the required pre-film slates and ends prior to the end credits. The required slates and the end credits do not count towards the maximum time of 10 minutes. The film story may not be longer than 10 minutes.

End Credits
Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is considered additional to the length of the film, as stated above. (That is, a film may be 10 minutes long, with an additional 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 6 minutes.)

Required Media Formats
Your film must be submitted with the following media:

Online via FilmFreeway: Link:

Submission Notes

We recommend you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.)

Projection specs vary from theater to theater and are beyond the control of the Black Lives Matter Film Challenge. If your film is very dark, it may be difficult to see in a theater.

All films received on the evening of the deadline (on-time and late) will be eligible, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements.

To be eligible for the competition, Entries must be the original adaptation work of the entrant; must not infringe third-party's rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the Entrant and/or FCC). Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the FCC, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. FCC reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible. FCC also reserves the right to refuse to screen a film or to make an announcement at the screening regarding the content of the film.

No Pre-Screening Distribution
The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official FCC premiere screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for groups of anyone other than the team. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. This trailer should be no longer than 60 seconds.

Official Film Entry
To be certified as an Official Film Entry, each participating group's film/video production must follow all rules herein. The Film Con Challenge Organizers reserve the right to screen only certified Official Film Entries.

Entries Not Returned
No Entries (media or documents) will be returned.

FCC and Project Parties may, in their sole discretion, disqualify Entries deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant.

Production Costs
All costs associated with the production of the Entry are solely the responsibility of the Entrant.

Judging of Entries
Eligible Entries will be judged based on the judging criteria stated below.

Project Terms of Submission
By submitting an Entry into the FCC, each Entrant warrant and represents that the Entrant owns all rights to the Entry he/she is entering in this Project, including, without limitation, the video or digital recording, and the performance contained in each Entry, with the exception of any assets provided by the FCC for use by Entrants in connection with this Project. Each Entrant further warrants and represents that the Entrant has obtained permission from each person who appears in the Entry to grant the rights to the Project Parties described in these Official Rules, and will submit copies of such permissions to the Project Parties. By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees to the Official Rules, and further agrees to indemnify and hold the FCC, Project Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the Project Indemnities), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Project Indemnities due to or arising out of the Entrant's Entry materials in this Project, or the Entrant's conduct during and in connection with this Project, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless FCC and the Project Parties from any and all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of FCC or the Project Parties infringes on the rights of Entrant's work as contained in any Entry.

Designated Team Leader
If any group of individuals elects to collaborate on an Entry, they are required to designate one (1) person as the agent of the group to enter the FCC, agree to these Official Rules, sign the Terms of Agreement and accept the prize on behalf of the group. Neither FCC nor any of the Project Parties are liable for any disputes between collaborators arising out of or related to the Project.

Selection of Winners
Entries will be judged by a process in which qualified panels of judges will evaluate the eligible entries based on the following judging criteria:
Artistic Merit (e.g., Story, Creativity, Entertainment Value) (45%)
Technical Merit (30%)
Adherence to the Assignment (25%)

Film Con Challenge Project Winner
The top entry will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie, additional third party judges will be called upon to judge the tied films and give a new score based on the above criteria. Entrants agree that the FCC has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this FCC and that all decisions of FCC are final and binding.

General Conditions
By participating, Entrants agree to these Official Rules which are final and binding in all respects. The FCC is governed by the laws of the state of California, and all claims must be resolved in California courts or the Federal courts located in California.

Limitations of Liability and Release
No liability or responsibility is assumed by FCSD or Project Parties resulting from any user's participation in or attempt to participate in the Film Con Challenge (FCC) or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Project. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the FCSD or Project Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Project: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the Website in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Website; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Project, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Project, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Project. FCSD and Project Parties are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site or social media sites maintained by the Film Consortium San Diego. Use of Web Site and the FCSD's social media sites is at user's own risk. FCSD and the Project Parties are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user's or any other person's computer equipment resulting from participation in the Project, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site. By participating in the Project, Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold FCSD and Project Parties harmless from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant's participation in the Project.

Project Organizer
Film Consortium San Diego
Mailing Address:
2801 B Street, #30
San Diego, CA, 92102