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2020 Continue Short Film Initiative Submission

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE CONTINUE SHORT FILM INITIATIVE IS RELAUNCHING IN FEBRUARY 2020.

LIKE LAST YEAR, CONTINUANCE IS OFFERING $10,000USD FOR PROOF OF CONCEPT SPEND.

WE HAVE PROUDLY PARTNERED WITH FINAL DRAFT TO PROVIDE WINNERS WITH FREE COPIES OF FINAL DRAFT 11, THE PINNACLE IN SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE. THE TOP 25 FINALISTS WILL ALSO RECEIVE ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS WITH OUR DEVELOPMENT TEAM, COMPREHENSIVE FEEDBACK AND A CERTIFIED CERTIFICATE.THE ENTRY CRITERIA IS THE SAME AS LAST YEAR.

SIMPLY SUBMIT YOUR SHORT FILM SCRIPT ALONG WITH A LONG FORM OR FEATURE SCRIPT.

CONTINUE INITIATIVE DEADLINES

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION:

FEBRUARY 1ST - 29TH $35 USD

REGULAR SUBMISSION:

MARCH 1ST - APRIL 30TH $45 USD

LATE SUBMISSION:

MAY 1ST - 31ST $65 USD

AIM

TO HELP EMERGING WRITERS/DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS PRODUCE A SHORT FILM THAT HAS A FEATURE FILM OR TV SCRIPT ATTACHED.

THE AIM OF THE SHORT BEING, TO SCREEN IN A-LIST FILM FESTIVALS AS WELL AS PROVIDING A PROOF OF CONCEPT AND TRIAL FOR THE BIGGER PRODUCTION.

METHODOLOGY

THE LOW BUDGET SHORT, EMPOWERING THOSE INVOLVED WITH CREATIVE CONTROL AND BOLD CHOICES.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE SUBMITTING THE SCRIPT

THE ‘CONTINUE’ SHORT FILM INITIATIVE AIMS TO HELP EMERGING FILMMAKERS PRODUCE A SHORT FILM WITH FEATURE FILM POTENTIAL.

THIS GUIDE WILL HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR SCRIPT TO GIVE YOU THE BEST CHANCE OF SELECTION. WHEN DEVELOPING A FILM SCRIPT, IT’S IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER HOW YOUR FINAL PRODUCT WILL STAND OUT AMONG THE THOUSANDS OF SHORT FILMS PRODUCED EVERY YEAR.

THE SELECTION CRITERIA

THE TEAM AT CONTINUANCE PICTURES DON’T WANT TO RESTRICT YOUR CREATIVITY. WE WANT YOU TO FEEL FREE TO EXPLORE WILD IDEAS AND COME UP WITH IMAGINATIVE PREMISES. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE LIMITS TO WHAT WE CAN HELP YOU TO BRING TO LIFE AS A PART OF THIS INITIATIVE.

REMEMBER, THE CONTINUE SHORT FILM INITIATIVE AIMS TO CREATE A SHORT THAT WILL ACT AS A PROOF OF CONCEPT. WHEN SELECTING SHORT FILMS, CONTINUANCE PICTURES LOOKS TO SEE IF YOUR SCRIPT FITS IN WITH OUR CRITERIA. THE CRITERIA DOESN’T DICTATE WHETHER YOUR SCRIPT IS GOOD OR NOT, IT WILL JUST TELL US WHETHER IT IS THE RIGHT FIT FOR THIS INITIATIVE.

LONG FORM INTO SHORT FILM

AS A PART OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS WE WILL FIRST BE ASSESSING YOUR FEATURE FILM OR TV SCRIPT. WE DO ACCEPT TREATMENTS OR PARTLY COMPLETED WORKS HOWEVER PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO FINISHED SCRIPTS.

ADAPTING YOUR LONG FORM SCRIPT INTO A SHORT FILM CONCEPT CAN BE DONE IN MANY WAYS. YOU COULD USE ONE SCENE FROM THE FILM THAT HAS A SUBSTANTIAL ENOUGH ARC LIKE THE SHORT FILM VERSION OF OSCAR-NOMINATED FEATURE FILM WHIPLASH. ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN CONDENSE SEVERAL PLOT POINTS OF YOUR LONG-FORM SCRIPT TO PRODUCE A SHORTER SEQUENCE, LIKE NETFLIX’S CARGO. YOU COULD ALSO USE THE SAME CHARACTERS TO TELL LOOSE ADAPTATION OF YOUR STORY THAT FITS THE SHORT FILM FORMAT.

CREATIVE AND ABSTRACT WRITING TO ABBREVIATE

SOMETIMES IT CAN BE HARD TO ADAPT A LONG FORM STORY INTO A SHORT SO WE SUGGEST RESEARCHING OTHER SHORT FILMS AND TECHNIQUES THEY USE TO TELL THE STORIES. YOU CAN FIND EXAMPLES BY SEARCHING FOR SHORT FILMS FROM CANNES, SUNDANCE, SXSW, TORONTO, BERLINALE, FANTASTIC, STIGES, TRIBECA, AND VENICE FILM FESTIVALS ON VIMEO.

“IF YOU GIVE AN AUDIENCE ALL THE ANSWERS THEY’LL FORGET YOU AS SOON AS THEY LEAVE THE CINEMA. BUT, IF YOU ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, THEY’LL THINK ABOUT YOU FOR DAYS.”

ASGHAR FARHADI (TWO-TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER

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Wednesday 5 February, 2020
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