For 4 years The Film Empire has connected rising filmmakers and screenwriters with leading industry professionals in entertainment for mentorship meetings to talk craft, inspiration, and more, and to help establish relationships in the game.
Those mentorship meetings happened over a span of a week or a month for our grand prize winners. But how does a full 12 months sound?
For this initiative we are granting one grand prize winner in film and one grand prize winner in screenwriting meetings with our connections in Hollywood for a full year! Periodically, we'll set you up with an industry pro per your career needs throughout the year.
Entrants can reside in any country in the world as meetings can take place virtually if necessary.
A full year of industry meetings brought to you by The Film Empire team!
Your material or content will be read of viewed by leading names in film or television.
Past mentors from our initiatives have included Marvel exec Nate Moore (Black Panther), Cate Adams of Warner Bros., Candice Campos of Lucasfilm, Amy Suh of Drama Development at Sony TV, producer Suzanne Mackie (The Crown), Sophie Williams of Edgar Wright's Big Talk Productions, writer/producer Benji Samit (One Day at a Time), TV producer/writer Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us), WME agent Allison Irvin, writer Nina Fiore (The Handmaid's Tale), line producer Peter Welter Soller (Game of Thrones), editor Michael Shawver (Black Panther, Creed, Fruitvale Station), composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (Stranger Things), cinematographer Vanja Cernjul (Crazy Rich Asians), APA agent Matthew Birch, executive producer Daniel Levin (Lion), composer Lesley Barber (Manchester by the Sea), Tobias Schliessler (Beauty and the Beast), Ben Davis (Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy), writer Jim Uhls (Fight Club), producer Joseph Garner (War Dogs, executive at Bradley Cooper's Joint Effort), composer Roger Suen (The Shape of Water), TV director Joshua Butler (The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The Magicians), editor Dan Liu (The Walking Dead), Kameron Tarlow (development, Hazy Mills Productions), co-producer Amal Baggar (Concussion, formerly of Scott Free), writer/producer Dana Ledoux Miller (Designated Survivor, Narcos), writer Aurin Squire (This Is Us), Matthew Bristowe (head of production, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Nancy Sanders (manager; producer, HBO's The Night Of), Hayley Easton Street (art director, Justice League, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Tommy Harper (executive producer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mission Impossible 6, Star Trek franchise, Top Gun: Maverick), to name a few.
Review our FAQ at for our general contest rules.
Specific Rules Pertaining to this Contest:
Filmmakers must submit original work of a short, feature or tv episode.
There are no restrictions with the time limit per film for this category.
No genre restrictions.
Must be of an underrepresented demographic within the entertainment industry.
Screenwriters must submit original screenplay of a short, feature or tv episode.
There are no limitations on the number of pages.
No genre restrictions.
Our judges will be looking at all aspects of the story to include pacing, structure, organization, dialogue, characters, premise, plot and ability to tell an interesting story.
Must be of a underrepresented demographic within the entertainment industry.