NBC Sports Launches New $10K Contest for Filmmakers

By Phill Powell

There’ve been a lot of classic sports films – Rocky, Hoop Dreams and Field of Dreams all leap to mind – and the next great sports short could be made by you.

Make something this inspiring. (Want to re-live the “Rocky steps” sequence next summer?)

The contest is called cptr’d (as in “captured” footage) and is being sponsored by NBC Sports, which is seeking out the best-told, 10-minute video story involving sports. There are few limits on the subject matter; any type of sport can be featured.


Submissions are being accepted now until Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 (at 11:59 P.M., EST).

The top five entries will be announced the following month on February 4th.

Then the public gets to weigh in on those top five entries, with voting taking place through March 9th.


The top five filmmakers will be flown to Austin, Texas during the world-famous SXSW Festival (March 11-20). The five contender films will be presented on the NBC Sports Lawn at a fantastic screening party.

Based on crowd reaction, the previous voting and judging from “industry influencers,” the top three films will receive the following prizes:

1st Place: $10,000 in cash.

2nd Place: Camera gear valued at $2,500.

3rd Place: A $1,000 gift card from a video equipment store.

The documentary Hoop Dreams followed two athletes and their families for a period of several years.


As always, there are some rules to keep in mind:

  • The contest is open to legal U.S. residents who are at least 13 years old.
  • The film submitted must have been created during the last two years.
  • Written permissions must be received from all persons appearing in the film.

Find out more about the NBC Sports filmmaking contest and then get ready to strut your stuff!


NBC Sports’ “cptr’d” contest is a great way to spur interest in teen filmmaking. And at Digital Media Academy, that’s something we’ve been pushing since our 2002 founding.

DMA filmmaking tech camps offer a variety of experiences to students, starting with a great introduction to the mechanics of making movies.

In DMA’s beginning filmmaking courses, teens start with core concepts and learn how to put their cinematic ideas into motion.

Or, if you want the full film-production experience, there’s always DMA Studios: Film Production, which lets you take part on a production crew that’s tasked with shooting a real commercial assignment for a client! The best film production camps, letting you try on different production roles.

Children of the corn? No, just some baseball-playing ghosts from Field of Dreams.

DMA even has a San Diego tech camp that mixes filmmaking and surfing. Check it out!

So, aspiring filmmakers: Pick your sport, grab your camera and get busy!