The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) is pushing the boundaries of the symphonic experience through the incorporation of high-tech visuals at each performance. This past March, the orchestra performed sold-out concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center that garnered significant press attention. For our upcoming season, we are hosting a film competition to find a film student who will create a new film to be screened at PONY's upcoming concerts next spring.

The general submission deadline has been extended to November 7! Filmmakers must submit visual content, such as a portfolio of past work, and an outline of their proposed film to accompany one of the Richard Wagner overtures PONY will perform live in 2017. Filmmakers must explain the thinking behind their choice of overture. Get a taste of Wagner's work here:

Up to 10 finalists will be chosen from the full pool of entries. These finalists will be asked to create a trailer, storyboard and/or photo montage that powerfully expresses their concept for the film for the judges’ final consideration.

See "Rules & Terms" for specific submission directions.

Two Grand Prize winners will be chosen. Each will be commissioned to produce one 10-13 minute film accompanying a Richard Wagner overture to be performed by PONY at Rose Theater and City Center as part of the orchestra’s Spring 2017 Festival Season. We will be offering a stipend of up to $10,000 to the winners to produce their films at a professional level.

First round of submissions are closed. Finalists will be announced the week of November 21.

Finalists and winners must meet with the PONY team at various points in the competition.

The films must sync with the selected music and must be filmed in HD suitable for projection on a big screen. The films must be 10-13 minutes in length.

PONY will have the right to screen the films during live orchestra performance, however students will own the rights to their films with a recording that can be submitted to future festivals and agents.

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