For the second year, the Tribeca Film Festival is soliciting short film submissions from Snapchat filmmakers around the country, in a clever effort to stay on the cutting edge and attract younger filmmakers. Submissions officially open today and remain open through February 17, 2017.
Films must be two minutes or less, created exclusively using Snapchat. Up to ten films will be selected, and participants must be legal U.S. residents and over 18 years old. The jury for the competition includes Eva Longoria, Andy Cohen, Jason Biggs, Serena Williams, and Dillon Francis.
Snapchat is a popular social app used by over 150 million people every day to share video and images in so-called “Stories.” Users can choose from a number of creative tools — including filters, stickers, and text. Previously, Snaps had to be edited and sent in real-time before disappearing forever (hence its reputation as a nudie app). Since July 2016, Snapchatters have been able to save and edit their Snaps. The Tribeca partnership gives Snapchatters the chance to combine essential filmmaking skills — storyboarding, filming, and editing — with the accessibility and ease of Snapchat’s mobile creative suite.
This year, the Toronto Film Festival followed suit and introduced and Instagram filmmakers contest, which introduced festival audiences to emerging filmmakers who used the 60-second video platform in unexpected and creative ways.
With Tribeca Snapchat Shorts, filmmakers have an opportunity to attend one of the country’s leading festivals, and possibly jumpstart a filmmaking career. It also gives established filmmakers who may be unsure of this rapidly growing new medium the opportunity to understand — and maybe even learn to respect it.