Canon’s Project Imagination Film Contest

By Phill Powell

Project Imagination gives you a gallery of photos you can use to build a 1 to 10 minute film.

Canon’s Project Imagination film contest is a great opportunity for teen filmmakers to break into the big time:

  • Rising filmmakers gain exposure, and each of the ten winners receives a Grand Prize of $5,000.

  • To enter Project Imagination, complete a film and submit it for competition. Films must be entered by 6AM PST Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

  • Films must be at least 1 to 10 minutes long (including no more than 2 minutes of credits). Participants must be at least 16 years old and be a legal U.S. resident.

    Project: Imagination
    Contestants start the process by selecting inspirational photos submitted in phase one of the contest; then use those for the concept of a short film (you can choose from 10 images). Entries are judged on their creativity and how well the finished product takes inspiration from those other sources.

    For any media in your film that is not original (artwork, music, or pieces of other video), you’ll need to get copyright clearances, as well as permissions from every member of your cast and crew before you can submit the film for competition.

    The Project Imagination website also offers tutorials on the filmmaking process. Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (Apollo 13) and his daughter, actress/director Bryce Dallas Howard, and other celebrities are judges.

    Creating with Canon
    Canon sets the standards for still and now video cameras with Canon’s line of Cinema C-series HD & 4K cameras. Digital Media Academy uses Canon cameras in our movie and photography camps. Get into filmmaking this summer. Spend a week or two bringing your story to life with hands-on experience using the latest Canon cameras under professional guidance. Take on different production roles and create your own sample reel to show off to friends and family—or use for a college application to film school.