Monday, March 28, 2011

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Ovation announces 2nd Annual Short Film Contest

[Received this opportunity from Ovation...]
For the second year running, Ovation, the only television network dedicated to arts culture, will hold its Short Film Contest for aspiring directors. This year, the Ovation Short Film Contest is sponsored by poppt, a new social network for connecting talent. The channel will promote the new contest to filmmakers attending the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Awards on March 15. Ovation is a title sponsor of the Film Awards Reception and Awards ceremony.

To enter the Ovation Short Film Contest, directors are encouraged to go to www.ovationtv.com/filmcontest for the entry form and instructions. Qualifying films will be under 20 minutes in length. Submissions must be received by May 13.

Short film entries will be designated and judged in the categories of Comedy, Drama, Animation and Documentary. Winners will be determined in the categories of Top Film, Viewers’ Choice, Best of Comedy, Best of Drama, Best of Animation and Best of Documentary.

Ovation staff will determine 12 finalists for a panel of judges to review. Among those judges to review the final submissions are Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation and creator of Disney’s National Treasure movie franchise, and Kevin Iwashina, Managing Partner, Preferred Content.

“The response to last year’s contest was phenomenal. Now that we’re in our second year, and we are being sponsored by the incredible people at poppt, we anticipate even more films to be entered into the competition,” said Charles Segars. “Filmmakers will once again have the chance to have their work seen by my fellow judges and a shot at having their film reach a national audience on Ovation, as well as a special exhibition at LACMA. It’s a golden opportunity for any aspiring filmmaker.”

Viewers’ Choice voting begins May 23. The judges’ winners will be announced on June 3 and the Viewers’ Choice winner will be announced June 6. The Top Film winner will have his or her film air on Ovation during the network’s “American Revolutionaries: The Hitmakers” programming event in July. The winner will also have a meeting with Ovation CEO and film producer Charles Segars and receive air fare and accommodations in Los Angeles for a special screening of his or her film. The winner in each of the five additional categories -- Viewer’s Choice, Comedy, Drama, Animation and Documentary -- will receive on air and online promotion via Ovation and OvationTV.com.

For more information, entry guidelines and rules, visit http://www.ovationtv.com/filmcontest.

About Ovation
Ovation is the only multi-platform network devoted to arts culture. Ovation gives its viewers access to the artists who define our cultural landscape through its one-of-a-kind mix of hand-picked documentaries, series, movies, and specials.

The channel reaches a national audience of 43 million households through carriage on cable systems, DirecTV (channel 274), Dish Network (channel 157) and Telco systems nationally. Ovation is also available in HD and VOD (both in standard and high definition). Ovation extends its linear channel experience for viewers online via its popular website, www.ovationtv.com. In addition to offering contests, trivia, facts and supplemental video online, the network has created an award-winning online community (www.ovationtv.com/community) for everyone from passionate artists to curious creative’s who want to share their work and their thoughts. To date, over 150,000 pieces of original art have been uploaded to the site by members.

About poppt
poppt is an online artists' colony that was founded in 2010 by a team of entrepreneurs who realized the need for a digital platform that encourages collaboration between users through a creative networking environment with a goal of elevating careers. Writers, designers, filmmakers, visual artists, performers and musicians now have a forum to showcase their work, connect with fellow artists, collaborate on projects and engage with individuals who can launch careers.