1st Annual

Lights! Cameraphone! Action!

May 01, 2013 to May 31, 2013

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Trailer for a movie not yet shot
Your trailer must be for a movie in the dream stage, that is, for a movie that has not yet been shot. The trailer must be shot with a cameraphone or tablet, and must run from between 30 seconds and two minutes.


"Lights! Cameraphone! Action!" is a competition that aims to encourage experimentation with mobile moviemaking. The goal is to discover and share artistic and technical innovations that exploit cameraphone and tablet equipment.

Specifically, "Lights! Cameraphone! Action!" challenges amateur and professional moviemakers to use cameraphones--or tablets--to shoot trailers for movies still in the dream stage. In essence, contestants will be creating video pitches (faux trailers) previewing short or feature length movies in all genres.

All entries will be exhibited on our parent website--www.internatinalmovietrailerfestival.com where audiences will participate by voting for their favorite trailers. This online exhibition will also demonstrate the artistic possibilities of mobile moviemaking.

The Grand Prize winner--chosen by fans and by a jury of industry pros--will receive $3,000 cash plus support to make a micro-budgeted movie previewed by the winning trailer.


"Lights! Cameraphone! Action!" is a mobile moviemaking competition focused on the art of the movie trailer. Our previous contests, begun in 2010, have drawn entries from 40 countries.

The challenge of the current contest: Use a smartphone or tablet to shoot a trailer for a movie still in the dream stage. In other words, you’re going to preview a movie that doesn’t yet exist.

The trailer can be for an imagined movie in any genre including comedy, sci fi, drama, horror, and documentary. The trailer must run for at least 30 seconds and no more than 2 minutes. You may use stock footage, but 80% of the material must be original and must be shot using a cameraphone or tablet. Editing may be done on any device.

All entries will appear on our parent website: www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com.

All entrants will receive a free digital copy of the book "Moviemaking Illustrated."

Five semi-finalists will be chosen by popular vote on our website. The IMTF staff will choose five additional semifinalists.

Then, three finalists will be chosen by a jury of experts such as producers, directors, film teachers, and/or other industry professionals.

The grand prize winner will be chosen by audiences voting online, at film festivals, and in movie theaters. (“Turn on your mobiles and vote for your favorite trailer.”)

The director of the top trailer will receive $3,000 plus support to make a micro-budgeted movie previewed by the winning trailer.

Important information: You must upload your smartphone-made trailer to YouTube.com in order to enter the contest. This is a free upload. Please follow the instructions below:
1. Complete your Withoutabox application form for "Lights! Cameraphone! Action!”
2. Go to www.YouTube.com/ and upload your trailer.
3. Copy the YouTube url for your trailer and send it to info@imtf.biz along with your Withoutabox Tracking Number, your project title, and your name. NOTE: The url will look something like this:

IMTF will notify you via the Withoutabox system when your trailer is playing in the Festival. This should happen within 48 hours of our receiving your Withoutabox application and your email containing the YouTube.com url.


Murray Suid (Festival Registrar); Murray Suid (Festival Registrar)


Your trailer must be for a movie in the dream stage, that is, your trailer must preview a movie that has not yet been shot. The trailer must be shot with a cameraphone or tablet, and must run from between 30 seconds and two minutes.

You must use a smartphone or tablet to shoot at least 80% of the footage contained in your trailer. Semifinalists will be asked to supply copies of the original cameraphone or tablet footage to demonstrate that the video was shot using a mobile device.

You must have written permission to use any copyrighted material found in your trailer, including--but not limited to--graphic images and music.

Submission for the festival is done online. Your entry must be uploaded to YouTube.com. You should then send an email including the trailer title, the director's name, the WAB number, and the YouTube embed code to info@imtf.biz.

If you qualify for the student prize--by being enrolled in a school--you can still win the grand prize and other prizes that might be announced during the contest period.

By entering the contest, you give IndieFilmConnect LLC permission to exhibit your entry on IndieFilmConnect's website, social media, and other venues. You also give IndieFilmConnect the right to include your entry in exhibitions used to choose the semifinalists, finalists, and grand prize winner.



"Lights! Cameraphone! Action!" is open to everyone around the world and throughout the universe except for the following individuals:

* IndieFilmConnect LLc’s owners, paid staff, consultants, and the immediate families (siblings, spouses, children, parents) of the owners, paid staff, and consultants.
* People living in places where local or U.S. law prohibits this kind of competition.

Note: Moviemakers of any age may submit entries, but if you are too young to make a legal contract (younger than 18 years in most U.S. jurisdictions), if your work is chosen to be in the semifinal round, we will ask for the name and contact information of a parent or guardian, and that person will need to grant permission for you to participate.


* Your trailer must be shot using a smartphone or tablet. You may edit the material on any device. But if you reach the semifinal level, we may ask you to send us the original footage shot on the cameraphone or tablet.

* Concept: The trailer must promote a fiction movie, a documentary movie, or a web series--not yet produced--or a book.To demonstrate that you have envisioned a project—and not just assembled interesting shots—your entry must include a logline (a synopsis of about 75 words or fewer) describing the fiction movie, documentary, web series, or book previewed by the trailer.

* Genre: Your trailer may represent any genre, for example, comedy, documentary, drama, science fiction, horror, or thriller.

* Length: For this competition, your trailer must be at least 30 seconds in length and no more than two minutes.

* Language:If dialogue and/or title cards in your trailer are in a language other than English, you must provide English subtitles that accurately represent the dialogue and/or title cards.

* Title:The title of the fiction movie, documentary, web series, or book that your trailer previews must appear in the trailer. We recommend that you include your email address or web address (url) at the end of the trailer so that producers or others wishing to contact you can do so.

* Submission format: To be included in the contest, you must upload your trailer to YouTube.com and then send an email including the embed code, the trailer title, the WAB number, and your name to: Info@imtf.biz. Please refer to the instructions above regarding uploading your trailer to

* Rating: The trailer must qualify for a rating of G, PG, or PG13 as defined by the MPAA (www.filmratings.org). This means that there will be no nudity, no excessive profane language, and no excessive violence. There should also be no racial, gender, or other slurs. The G, PG, or PG13 rating applies only to the trailer. The work envisioned by the trailer might have a different rating.
Note: For the purpose of this competition, the IndieFilmConnect staff will determine if a trailer meets contest’s rating qualifications. If you are unsure whether your trailer meets the rating qualifications, you may upload your trailer to a video hosting site and email us the link prior to submitting your entry form and fee. We will then review it and respond. If you don’t check with us and submit a trailer that does not meet our rating qualifications, your trailer will not be included in "Lights! Cameraphone! Action!" and you will not receive a refund.

* Originality: At least 80% of the trailer (as measured by time) must be material shot by you. Up to 20% may be stock footage—that is, footage shot by someone else for a purpose other than your trailer—but you must have obtained written permission to use the stock footage and be prepared to send us proof of permission. The rationale for this rule is that "Lights! Cameraphone! Action!" is for original trailers and not mash-ups (video compilations).

* Model releases: You must have a written release from each person who appears in your trailer and whose face can be identified. You don’t need releases from unidentifiable people in crowd scenes. If your trailer becomes a semifinalist or is chosen for a People’s Choice Award, you will be asked to provide a model release for each identifiable person in your trailer. You can download a Model Release from the Resources page in the Tips section of www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com.

* Copyright clearance: If you use any material owned or copyrighted by someone else, you must have written permission to use that material. Owned and copyrighted material includes—but is not limited to—music, artwork, and photographs. If your trailer becomes a semifinalist, you be will be asked to submit proof of copyright clearance. To download a permission form for using copyrighted music go to the Resources page in the Tips section of IMTF's website.

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