It’s time for some audience participation.
Film Independent has partnered with YouTube channel ZEFR to devise its first competitive Movie Hackathon, which will be devoted to creating new tools designed specifically for indie filmmakers, and Indiewire has partnered to collect the raw material for the interactive experience form its vast readership.
Here’s how it works: We invite the Indiewire community to brainstorm ideas for new digital tools that you would want for helping your movies find audiences and audiences find your movies. Meanwhile, FIND has recruited a group of high-end tech developers who are ready to take a crack at creating these tools and applications over a high-intensity 40-hour period.
Yes, these tech masters and coders want your wish list, and they’re going to try to deliver on it.
It’s simple: Starting today, Tuesday, Oct. 9, use the interface below to submit your ideas.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 pm EST.
From Monday, Oct. 15 through Wednesday, Oct. 17, we will post the collected ideas here on Indiewire and ask you to vote for which ones you’d most like the tech gurus to take a shot at.
The top three concepts will be delivered to the developers Oct. 17, and on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 pm, the Hackathon gets going.
The coders will have until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3:45 pm, when they will present their results to a jury of experts and the FIND Forum audience at DGA headquarters. After their presentations, the jury — which includes MK Capital partner Yair Landau, Launchpad LA managing director Sam Teller, upLynk advisor Dan Beldy, ZEFR co-founder Zach James and filmmaker Ondi Timoner — will deliberate for an hour before announcing the winners at 6:15 pm.
Three cash prizes, ranging from $500 to $2,500, will be awarded to the winners. Developers interested in participating can sign up here.
You are also invited to be there for the unveiling at the DGA.
So get creative and push this out to everyone you know who has a stake in making original, low-budget, independent films or is just a whiz at coming up with innovative ideas, and tell them to share with the group.
Let’s see what we — and these eager tech developers — can come up with together.
Please note that by submitting your idea for a new tool or application below, you agree that your idea is not protectable under U.S. copyright law and that you waive any claims against Film Independent and any coders or developers who develop these tools and applications.