$50,000 illuminate filmmaking competition opens for entries

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Aspiring filmmakers have the opportunity to compete for a prize pool valued at more than $50,000 in the Illuminate Filmmaking Challenge 2021, a new initiative by camera and gear distributor Kayell Australia. 

The competition invites entrants to produce a short film between one and four minutes with at least 70 percent of the footage shot on a DSLR, Mirrorless or higher quality camera, encompassing the theme ‘illuminate’. Entries can incorporate up to 30 percent footage from smaller compact cameras, smartphones or drones if desired.

Event organiser, Robert Gatto - Managing Director, Kayell Australia, said the Illuminate Filmmaking Challenge aims to encourage enthusiasts of all levels to enter - from passionate amateurs to industry veterans.

“Australia has a flourishing filmmaking community and this is an opportunity for them to showcase their exceptional talents and abilities by capturing a visual story that incorporates the ‘illuminate’ theme.” Mr Gatto said the judging criteria will focus on originality and creativity, quality of the cinematography, BTS film quality, and the products used to shoot the films.

In addition to their feature film, entrants also need to provide a separate Behind the Scenes (BTS) video comprising up to five minutes of footage.

Submissions for the Illuminate Filmmaking Challenge must have been completed after 1 January 2021.

The first prize is valued at more than $30,000, and includes a Nikon camera and lenses valued at $10,000, $10,000 of Lacie storage devices, Teradek, SmallHD & Wooden Camera equipment, Aputure LED lighting equipment & Deity microphones.

You can find out more about the Illuminate Filmmaking Challenge 2021 here. 

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