Moviebuff launches First Clap, India's first theatrically showcased talent hunt for aspiring filmmakers, challenging them to tell a compelling story in three minutes on any subject of their interest. The top five shortlisted films, selected based on feedback from industry experts and audience voting, will be screened for a period of five weeks across 150+ screens in the Qube Cinema Network.
During this time, the general public will be invited to vote for their ranking of these top five films on Moviebuff.com.
The contest is targeted at discovering new filmmaking talent in the state, giving them an opportunity to showcase their film on the big screen. The contest is held in association with renowned actor Suriya’s 2D Entertainment and offers aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to intern with the actor’s film production and distribution company, in addition to a cash prize.
For all contestants, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to associate with industry bigwigs as well as have their movie screened across the state, ensuring a much wider reach and direct audience feedback. The top three contestants will win cash prizes from 2D Entertainment and Moviebuff.com. The winner earns Rs. 3 lakhs in prize money while the first runner-up receives Rs. 2 lakh and the second runner-up Rs. 1 lakh. The winner will be given an opportunity to narrate their script to 2D Entertainment and an opportunity to intern at 2D Entertainment as well.
“This contest is an opportunity to tell an interesting story in three minutes – a challenge for any new talent or filmmaker who wants to make a mark proving their expertise. At the same time, when presented on the big screen, the filmmaker can also gauge and experience audience reaction first-hand. We all have ideas or experiences in life that are worthy of translation to film. It will be interesting to see the calibre of filmmaking this contest garners,” says Suriya. His company, 2D Entertainment, focuses on quality content ensuring entertainment with a difference by nurturing innovative talent and utilizing the best of technology.
“Given today’s scenario, digital cinema helps in shaping ideas and putting them across in accessible platforms. However, there is no organized way of showcasing young filmmakers. So Moviebuff, through this contest, shines the light on such passionate young talent. It is a platform of expression for aspiring filmmakers that enables them to communicate their ideas and perspectives with a much larger audience,” says Director Jayendra Panchapakesan, Co-founder of Real Image Media Technologies, which has started this initiative.
Moviebuff.com aims to be an end-to-end solution for a variety of users, including, but not limited to, consumers, content creators, exhibitors and affiliates, and serves the role of a one-stop-shop for these users, providing information as well as solutions for anything related to the business of movies — consumption, exhibition and content creation. With this new contest, Moviebuff.com provides aspiring filmmakers a credible platform to showcase their work, interact with industry experts, and benefit from the opportunity to further their passion for this storytelling medium.
The contest officially opens for submissions today, until January 16, 2017 midnight. Participants can register on Moviebuff.com to submit their entries. A panel of eminent jurists comprising of filmmakers and film enthusiasts will assist in shortlisting the films, which will be published online for public voting. Moviebuff’s partner, Little Shows, will handle this process. On the basis of votes received from the general public, the top five films will be screened in over 150 screens in Qube Cinema Network theatres across Tamil Nadu.
Moviebuff.com will create five theatre groups. Each set of theatres will play one selected film once a week for a period of five weeks. The general public will be invited to vote for their favorite film by SMS voting or app-based voting. The film that receives the highest number of votes will be declared the winner of the contest. Announcement of the winning entry is slated for April 2017.