Hey Filmmakers! Amazon Studios Wants To See Your Shorts... To Turn Into Features

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 28, 2013 6:35 PM
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Amazon Studios is inviting filmmakers to submit what they're calling "short concept videos" that could be expanded into theatrical feature films.

These short films should be 2 to 15 minutes in length, and will be evaluated by the Amazon Studios development staff and considered for option.

The process works like script submission: 

- You can submit publicly or privately. 

- There is a 45-day option and evaluation period. 

- Creators of projects added to the Development Slate receive a $10,000 payment.

So what is Amazon Studios looking for? 

Videos that express an idea that’s begging to be seen on the big-screen, in full-length, full-budget form. These could be bold, imaginative worlds, original premises, or unique perspectives. A great concept video doesn’t need to lay out the entire feature film in all three acts, but serve as a solid foundation to build on.

For the full story, go to the Amazon Studios Movie Development Slate website.

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  • Peggy | June 29, 2013 8:29 PMReply

    It's a scam. Similar to the blacklist. They always end up picking a professional filmmaker or screenwriter. And yes, I've had a script up there for almost 8 months.

  • Katie | June 29, 2013 11:17 AMReply

    So, the approved storyteller gets ten thousand dollars and Amazon gets to own our stories? Something about that just doesn't seem right to me. We should own our stories and not give them up to white businesses. I wouldn't give my stories to them for more than that. It's the principle of the matter to me. But hey, whatever rocks ya boat.

  • JEFTCG | June 29, 2013 6:02 PM

    And therein lies the catch: you give up total ownership for a buyout of about $200,000 ($125,000 after taxes). So you miss out on royalties (amongst other benefits), which is where the real money comes in. And then you're still struggling to get your next movie made.

    Sign me up!

  • Dankwa Brooks | 'Nother Brother Entertainment | June 29, 2013 11:07 AMReply

    Yes there is always a catch. LOL. But mostly it's in the fine print. You MUST read the fine print and actually know what it means. But sometimes you gotta take a leap of faith. Your work cannot live in a vacuum.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 28, 2013 6:54 PMReply

    What's the catch? There's always a catch.

  • ScriptTease | June 29, 2013 1:47 AM

    "There is a 45-day option and evaluation period". That is the catch in my opinion because what I hear, whatever you submit to them, they automatically have the chance to option if they are interested, or something like that. So if you change your mind, it's a process you go through for them to release your script, but don't quote me on it.

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