Lensrentals is launching its first ever Pitch Contest! In partnership with Musicbed, Frame.io, Filmconvert, and others we are giving away nearly $5000 of resources to make a short narrative film.
We are looking for pitches that have a good idea of what gear they would use, and how, to create their vision.
The winner will be selected by our guest judge, Charles Haine, of No Film School.
The winning pitch, and final film, will be featured on the Lensrentals blog with over 200,000 monthly visitors, and all Lensrentals social channels.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Free to enter! Record and upload your 1-3 minute pitch, and submit the link and the first page of your script via this entry form. It's that simple!
ABOUT OUR PARTNERS
Frame.io is the market driver for cloud-based video review and collaboration. As the connective tissue between the essential tools creators use to make video, Frame.io eliminates the obstacles of time and distance, enabling any collaborator, anywhere, to contribute the content or feedback that’s essential to delivering a top-quality product. At its very core, Frame.io helps you work at the speed of creativity. Learn more at http://frame.io.
FilmConvert is a fantastic suite of film emulation tools. Our new Nitrate update adds even more power and flexibility to your color grading, including Cineon Log film to unlock the full potential of your Log-encoded footage, custom curve controls to create your own film look, and advanced grain controls to precisely control the appearance of film grain in your image.
CineMatch is the fastest, easiest and most accurate camera-matching solution available today. Using dedicated camera sensor data, CineMatch can help you quickly match color information from a wide range of cameras, saving you time and helping you fast-forward to the creative side of color grading.
Charles Haine is a filmmaker and entrepreneur working in the motion picture industry since 1999. Since completing his MFA at USC in 2005, he has worked as a freelance director and cinematographer. Haine founded the production company Dirty Robber in 2008 which has gone on to success in feature films, shorts as well as commercials and music videos, and was the production company for the Oscar nominated short BUZKASHI BOYS by Sam French. He was also part of starting Cinelicious, Coyote Post, Flawless FX, and ColorCorrection.com.
Among Haine's directing highlights are: a music video for Fitz and the Tantrums "Don't Gotta Work It Out," which featured on Pop Up Video); fashion advertisements for Fais Do Do and Emory K Holiday; and countless book trailers for Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Quirk and many others—including the recent trailer for Chuck Klosterman’s novel The Visible Man and the trailer for Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. Haine directed the feature film Angel’s Perch, starring Joyce Van Patten, Ellen Crawford, Ashley Jones and Ally Walker. His most recent project, the independent episodic Salty Pirate about creative partnerships in the typeface design industry, debuted on Amazon Prime in 2020.
Haine also works as an educator: He is currently an assistant professor at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College, and was formerly an associate professor at Los Angeles City College. In 2011, Haine published his first book, The Urban Cyclist’s Handbook, and has written two more, Color Grading 101 and Business & Entrepreneurship for Filmmakers. He currently is the tech editor at NoFilmSchool.com and has written for frame.io, Boris FX, and many other online platforms. He appeared as the technical consultant host on the Discovery Channel show Unchained Reaction.
The winner will receive:
$2000 in rental credit from Lensrentals
1 year Business subscription to MusicBed
1 year Pro subscription to Frame.io
1 FilmConvert Plug-in Bundle
1 CineMatch Plug-in
A feature on the Lensrentals Blog
HOW TO ENTER
Record and upload your 1-3 minute pitch, and submit the link and your script via this entry form. Your video must not be on a private profile or need password access.
Final Deadline: January 29th - Notification Date: February 8th
RULES & TERMS
Lensrentals can only accept original pitches that do not infringe on the copyrights or
intellectual property rights of any third parties, engage in defamation, or infringe privacy
Only one project may be submitted per person.
All submissions must be submitted through FilmFreeway.
The selection process will be carried out at the discretion of the organizers and may not
be disputed by entrants.
We will not respond to any inquiries regarding the selection process or results. For
inquiries relating to the entry guidelines, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Final deadline for submissions is January 29th. Notification of the winner is February 8th.
In addition to the above, Lensrentals Pitch Contest submitters must: be 18 years or older
submit their work in English submit screenplay as a PDF in standard screenplay format,
font, spacing and margin.
Winners of the contest must be in the United States to accept the prize.
This contest is open to US residents only.
COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP: Lensrentals or any other partner, employee or agent
associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original
intellectual property or pitch submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the
scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless
other agreements are made.
By entering this contest you are agreeing to joining the email lists of our partners, Frame
io, Musicbed, and Filmconvert. You may unsubscribe at any time.
PUBLICITY: Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each
entrant’s consent to Lensrentals and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’
names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in
any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’
ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You
agree to release and hold harmless Lensrentals, Lensrentals.com, its subsidiary, parent
and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, Sponsors, and any other
organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and
every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives
(collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims,
expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property
and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel,
violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual
property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or
acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply
to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights
under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the
Lensrentals.com and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all
claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an
entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees
of Lensrentals and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any
such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS SKILL-BASED
CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law.
Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is
awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the
contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services
and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).