We’re pleased to announce that as of this week Celtx’s third Seed Challenge is live. In the two previous challenges we were looking for short films, pilots, and teasers. For Seeds Challenge 3, we want to take Celtx into the classroom and give some student films their run for the money. If you’re a Celtx user and currently a student at an accredited institution, we want to see what you’ve got. The stipulations: max running time of 15 minutes. The prize: $3000 USD and an interview on this very blog. Content, style, & genre: entirely up to you.
To throw your hat in the ring, log into Celtx and visit the Seeds page. The entries with the highest numbers of votes will be submitted for review to Celtx’s panel of expert judges, who will select the winner, so don’t forget to promote yourself!
Here at Celtx, we’re not strangers to the film school experience. We all know how arduous and expensive these projects can get. The student filmmaker has to deal with inexperienced crews, limited equipment, and jury rigged logistics with the end result hanging entirely over their head. It’s tough – but it’s also worth it (especially if it wins you three grand).
So, to celebrate the launch of the challenge and to get those inspirational gears turning for you aspiring auteurs, check out these four student films. You’ll likely see a lot of similarities in them to your own work. By the way, each of them was made by a film student who would go on to become an incredibly successful filmmaker.
Synopsis: A man goes hunting for a bug in his apartment – it turns out to be no ordinary household pest.
Student: Christopher Nolan, who went on to direct Memento, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Inception, & Interstellar.
Evil Demon Golfball From Hell!!! (1996)
Synopsis: In this homage to Edgar Allan Poe, a man is beset by a malevolent supernatural golf ball.
Student: Rain Johnson, who went on to direct Brick, Looper, and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII.
The Lift (1972)
Synopsis: The elevator in a man’s apartment building interferes with his daily routine.
Student: Robert Zemeckis, who went on to direct the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, and Cast Away.
It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)
Synopsis: In this minimalist (and feature length) Super 8 piece, a man goes drifting through the mundanity of daily life and domestic travel.
Student: Richard Linklater, who went on to direct Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly, and Boyhood.