PROJECT FX, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film festival presented by Bank of America, opens 2017-18 competition
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(RED BANK – SEPTEMBER 12, 2017) PROJECT FX 2016, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film competition presented by Bank of America, is live at www.projectFXbasie.com. Starting now, students enrolled at any New Jersey high school or college can visit the site to learn about entering the competition, with an internship experience with Sony Pictures Classics, a high-end Sony camera and $1,000 cash at stake as the contest’s grand prize.
On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the Count Basie Theatre will proudly host the daylong PROJECT FX Festival, which will include workshops with film industry professionals, plus a showcase of the top vote-getters in both the high school and college categories.
“Every year, PROJECT FX unearths the best cinematic work among students throughout New Jersey.” said Tom Bernard, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics. “I am excited to see what this year brings.”
PROJECT FX is open to students enrolled in any New Jersey high school or college as of September 1, 2017. Students have until Sunday, March 11, 2018 to enter their films, which will then be judged upon by a panel of regional and industry-wide experts. Last year’s PROJECT FX competition and festival attracted more than 80 high school and college applicants from throughout the state.
Entries into the PROJECT FX 2018 competition are limited to ten minutes, and must have been produced no earlier than January 2017 by students then and presently enrolled full-time in any New Jersey high school or college institution. Interested students will upload their films to either YouTube.com or Vimeo.com, and then fill out the official festival entry form at www.projectFXbasie.com. A $25 non-refundable fee is required to enter the competition, and films previously entered for PROJECT FX consideration are not eligible.
From there, a subcommittee and cast of master adjudicators will critique entries using a point system to rate each film’s storyline, cinematography, technical aspects, sound and editing. In April 2018, the ten highest vote-getters in both the high school and college categories will be posted on the PROJECT FX Facebook page at www.facebook.com/projectFXbasie, where a separate tally of “Likes” and “Shares” will also factor into final scoring.
Full competition rules, regulations, prerequisites and scoring guidelines can be found at www.projectfxbasie.com. Details on the May 5, 2018 onsite festival and workshops / panels will be released closer to that date.
- Entry & Submission Period: Now – March 11, 2018 at 11:59pm.
- April 2018: Top ten high school and college finalists announced + posted on the official ProjectFX Facebook page
- Saturday, May 5th, 2018: ProjectFX Festival at the Count Basie Theatre; screening of all finalist films, onsite voting, workshops and a Q&A panel with industry executives and awards ceremony.
ProjectFX will award a first, second and third place prize to the top three high school films and the top three college films.
- First Prize – Internship experience at Sony Pictures Classics in New York, Sony digital movie camera and $1,000 cash award.
- Second Prize – Cash award of $750
- Third Prize – Cash award of $500