Open to College Age Serious Filmmakers (18+). This is a team challenge where teams will consist of four (4) members.  Four teams from universities in USA will be selected for the challenge, and will have until January 15th, 2017, to submit their completed short film of any genre (10 minute maximum runtime including credits). The selected film will be screened during the 2017 Festival de Cannes, at the independent Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. The film will also be submitted to the Festival de Cannes - Cannes Court Métrage, which includes the Short Film Competition (and its Palme d’Or) and the Short Film Corner (where everything that matters can be found), and may lead to the possibility of additional screenings. The selected team will attend the 70th Festival de Cannes May 17th to May 28th, 2017.  Airfare and lodging will be paid for, and the participants will have full festival accreditation, and the most incredible international film networking opportunity imaginable.



FILM CHALLENGE SELECTION PROCESS: Teams will submit a 90 second video pitch and written synopsis of their story. Submissions will be uploaded via FilmFreeway and there is a $45.00 submission fee. These submissions will be reviewed by the selection committee and the top four teams will then enter the challenge. Upon selection, teams must submit names and bios of team members. Submission deadline September 17th 2016.


FILM CHALLENGE: The challenge will consist of three (3) components: Filmmaking, Sponsorship and a Marketing Campaign. So here’s the challenge…the selected teams will have until January 15th, 2017, to submit a completed film, acquire sponsorship and submit a marketing plan to selection committee for review. 


1.      Films Film Challenge is exclusively open to short films: Produced after June 1st, 2016, not exceeding 10 minutes, and not having been broadcasted on any Internet platform.  The film will be judged based on the cinema characteristics of a short film, i.e.; in terms of narration, photography, soundtrack, editing, etc. Teams will have until January 15th, 2017, to submit their completed film to the selection committee for review. We are seeking films of any genre with a strong storyline and high quality production value.


2.      SponsorshipThe sooner you start learning how to ask for and raise money, the better.  Participants will be able to make better films, if they aren't worried about capital for production. Sponsorship helps cover travel expenses to the Cannes Film Festival, and supports a marketing campaign. The development of fund raising is a skill necessary for a successful future in filmmaking. Each team will need to acquire a commitment from a sponsor or multiple sponsors to reach a goal of $10,000.   


3.      Marketing CampaignEach team will need to develop a solid marketing campaign to build their audience for Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase Screening. Timing is incredibly important – you must build up as much hype in the short space of time leading up to and around your screening as possible. Another unique factor is that films, by their very nature, are content gold mines – a huge privilege when it comes to crafting a powerful content marketing strategy for your upcoming screening. The winning team will have three (3) months to implement their plan prior to attending the festival. 





FILM CHALLENGE WORKSHOPS: There will be a series of optional workshops scheduled throughout the challenge. These workshops will cover topics such as Marketing, Sponsorship, Filmmaking Tips and others TBD.



FILM CHALLENGE WINNERS: The selected team will attend the 70th Festival de Cannes May 17th to May 28th 2017, where they will continue to promote their Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase screening and other screenings that may be granted.

·        Team members will be awarded internships with Midian Films, Parent Company of Cinema Du Cannes Project.

·        Airfare and Lodging (Covered by sponsorship).

·        Accreditation Festival de Cannes / Marche du Film through internships with Midian Films.

·        Film Screening at the independent Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase.

·        Opportunity to sell your film.

·        Possible additional screenings.

·        Network with thousands of film professionals from around the globe.

·           Unexpected opportunities for growth and employment




FILM CHALLENGE RUNNER UPS: All team films will be submitted to the Festival de Cannes -Cannes Court Métrage, which includes the Short Film Competition (and its Palme d’Or) and the Short Film Corner, and may lead to other unexpected screenings. Each film accepted will receive two Festival de Cannes -Cannes Court Métrage accreditations. Teams can select two members to represent their film at the festival. Teams can request travel expenses from their sponsors.




In its fifth year, the independent Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase is one-fourth of the Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes global movement, which   started  in 2010 as a filmmaker symposium and has evolved to include a US based pre-Cannes Film Festival information session, a Cannes Film Festival  representation plan and the Short Film Showcase.

Conceived by US Event Producer and Entertainment Publicist, Yolonda Brinkley, Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes is an independent global filmmaker   movement occurring annually in France. The ultimate goals are to expand the international network of globally diverse filmmakers and to encourage out of the box and beyond borders thinking when strategizing to produce, finance and distribute their films. To share filmmaking trends in an effort to change diverse filmmakers’ status from mere festival attendees to power players in the global film industry.

Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes has embraced hundreds of diverse festival goers from across the globe and has hosted panelists from 5 continents including Europe, Africa and North America. More specifically, panelists have represented Ghana, Congo, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany and the United States. ​ Diversity in Cannes has had its share of esteemed filmmakers including Michael Rowe, the 2010 Festival de Cannes Golden Camera Award Winner and Alrick Brown Sundance’s 2011 World Cinema Award Winner. In 2012 we welcomed Annemarie Jacir, the first Palestinian feature filmmaker and Festival de Cannes Alum, as we celebrated global women in film.

Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes is making a positive impact at the Festival de Cannes, where diversity is not the first priority. The Symposium provides a platform for filmmakers across the globe to shine the light on their own accomplishments rather than wait for validation from others. The forum encourages dialogue amongst emerging filmmakers willing to think outside the box and beyond borders for opportunities to develop, finance and distribute their films.





Ever since its creation, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.

At Cannes, short films feature in the Competition, at the end of which the Short Films Jury awards a Palme d’or, and in the Short Film Corner, a professional area dedicated to meeting people, exchanging ideas and promoting films. In 2010, the Festival created "Cannes Short Film" to bring these two entities together in a complementary dynamic in an attempt to offer an all-encompassing panorama of short film production worldwide, as well as to stimulate the creativity of short film artists.

The Festival is very keen to discover new talent and act as a springboard for creation. The development of “Cannes Short Film” is just one example of this. A number of initiatives aimed at supporting the talent of the future have already been introduced: the Caméra d’or is awarded to the best film presented either in the Official Selection, during Directors´ Fortnight or during Semaine de la Critique.

The Cinéfondation, which serves to showcase new trends in the film industry, screens films from film schools as part of the Official Selection, as well as organizing the Résidence and the Atelier.

From a very early stage, the Festival de Cannes has placed an emphasis on its Marché du Film as a way of promoting the dual cultural and economic nature of cinema. Today, boasting in excess of 10,500 participants and 1,500 screenings, it is the world’s leading market, serving to add dynamism to the global film industry. It forms an integral part of the Festival in the sense that it also facilitates networking and provides accredited professionals with the services and tools they need in order to exchange information, hold negotiations and uncover new opportunities.

A film’s success and its director’s reputation depend above all on how it is received in cinemas. Despite being an event for film professionals only, the Festival is mindful of this reality and is taking steps to improve the way it reaches film enthusiasts. Since 2011, the opening film has been released in French cinemas on the same day as its screening at Cannes and the opening ceremony has been broadcast in cinemas enabling audiences to experience the Festival launch night live.






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