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IMAX Award Call for Entries: Capture the Theme of Exploration

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 17, 2012 at 4:23PM

Co-hosts IMAX, Newsweek and The Daily Beast announce the launch of the IMAX Award, which will recognize up-and-coming filmmakers who capture the theme of exploration.
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Co-hosts IMAX, Newsweek and The Daily Beast announce the launch of the IMAX Award, which will recognize up-and-coming filmmakers who capture the theme of exploration. The contest is in conjunction with IMAX's 40 years of exploration based documentaries and Newsweek's Explorer issue (January 6). The prize is $25,000 to be awarded as a scholarship or cash for film production expenses.

Guidelines and criteria listed below:

Submission Guidelines:

Participants may visit The IMAX Award website at http://vimeo.com/groups/imaxaward to complete an online registration form.

Entrants should upload a one- to two-minute video entry to the award site by 11:59 p.m. ET Nov. 30.

Video entries should be shot in a documentary style and focused on the theme of exploration with the goal of transporting audiences to a place they’ve previously only dreamed of going.

Judging Standards/Criteria:

Submissions will be judged on how closely they align with the theme of exploration as well as:

Film technique – the use of lighting, sound and cinematography

Originality – using film techniques in a creative fashion to take the audience on a unique journey

Social resonance – receiving the largest number of votes and positive comments on the Awards site

The top 10 finalists will be selected by a panel of judges beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET on Dec. 3 and ending at 5:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 7.

Each finalist’s video entry will be posted on the Award site from 9:00 a.m. ET on Dec. 10 through 9:00 a.m. ET on Dec. 21 and will be subject to voting by site visitors, who will assist the judges in selecting the grand prize winner.

This article is related to: Shorts, IMAX, Media


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.