Welcome to AGBO’s second annual filmmaking competition for emerging creators, “No Sleep ‘til Film Fest.” The virtual short film festival invites filmmakers to make a short movie in only 48 hours.

As an artist-led company, AGBO firmly believes that great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. Part of AGBO’s commitment to championing emerging content creators, the two-day festival challenges participants to make bite-sized films, three minutes or less, for a chance to win prizes and mentorship from the independent studio.

The panel of judges include AGBO Co-Founders Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, and Mike Larocca, Co-Presidents of Story Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and President of Creative Angela Russo-Otstot. The AGBO executives will select three winning films to premiere across AGBO’s social channels, and winners will receive prizes provided in sponsorship by RED camera, Aputure Lighting, GoPro, Microsoft, and Final Draft.

On Friday, April 29th at 5:00pm PST, the festival prompt will be posted online. Participants have until 5:00pm PST on Sunday, May 1st to submit films. Films and additional materials must be submitted via our Film Freeway submission page only, and we’ll announce the winners on Wednesday, June 8th.

The top three winners will have their short films showcased on AGBO’s social media channels, and also be inducted into the AGBO Storytellers’ Collective, an alumni network of participants from other AGBO fellowship programs.

1st Place: RED Komodo Starter Pack, a LS 1200d Pro and Nova P600c light from Aputure, the HERO10 Black Creator Edition camera from GoPro, a Surface Pro 8 from Microsoft, and a copy of Final Draft 12 Screenwriting software.

2nd & 3rd Place: a LS 600d Pro, F10 Fresnel, F10 Barn Doors, and Light Dome 150 from Aputure, the HERO10 Black Creator Edition camera from GoPro, a Surface Pro 8 from Microsoft and a copy of Final Draft 12 Screenwriting software.

AGBO Storytellers Collective Award: The Collective will be involved with the judging this year. Members of the existing collective will select a winning filmmaker who will also join the alumni network.

You must be over the age of 13 to submit your film. If you are 18 or older you may register for yourself or on behalf of your team. If you are not over the age of 18, your parent or legal guardian must submit the film on your behalf with the parental consent form.

You have 48 Hours. On Friday, April 29th at 5:00pm PT, we’ll post the Festival prompt and guidelines to this page and to AGBO socials. You then have until 5:00pm PST on Sunday, May 1st to submit your film. Upload your film and additional materials via our submission page. Submissions received after 5:00pm PST on Sunday may not be eligible for consideration. All creativity must take place during this 48-Hour window. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to: Writing the script, Rehearsing, Costume/Set Design, Shooting, Editing, Sound Design, Rendering, Uploading your film to our submission page. The only work to begin prior to the challenge’s announcement is: Forming your team (organizing cast & crew), Scouting locations, and Gathering equipment.

Respond creatively to our prompt. The film prompt will be open-ended. It’s up to you to create an engaging universe for your film.

Keep films to a maximum total runtime of 3 minutes. Films must adhere to a minimum total runtime of 30 seconds, and a maximum total runtime of 3 minutes. These are the length of the entry not including end credits. Credits must be less than 15 seconds.

Keep content kid-friendly. In general, the entries must not be indecent or obscene. Please use MPAA’s PG-13 rating rubric as a guideline for acceptable content.

You are welcome to submit films in any language. Subtitles are optional but encouraged.

Adhere to our acceptable use of VFX, Stock Footage, Copyright Materials. Animation and special effects are permitted but must be created after the challenge’s announcement. No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used unless the footage is part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official Time Period. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chromakeyed backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed. You must have authorization if copyrighted material is used. This includes music, video, and any other materials that someone else has created. (e.g., you may not use a popular song as the film’s soundtrack unless you have written permission.)

Submission Materials. When submitting your film, we’ll ask you to include your Team Name, Team Leader Name, and Film Name, as well as a document signed by all team members certifying AGBO has permission to air this film on AGBO social channels and website. If you are under the age of 18, a parental consent form must be signed by your parent or legal guardian.

Union Members. Please note SAG has restrictions on posting films with SAG actors on the web. SAG members may wish to check with SAG if they can participate in this challenge.

Late Films. If you miss the deadline, keep working and upload your submission materials as soon as you can.

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