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Filming in Isolation to Save the Nation

 

72hr Online & At-Home Family Film Slam

April 23-26, 2020

GO BIG & STAY HOME!

SOCAPA and Catamount Arts are joining forces once again to bring you our much-anticipated-annual Film Slam, but this year we are GOING BIG by STAYING HOME!

GO BIG: Let's face it, staying home is the "big" (as in responsible) thing to do right now, which means our annual Film Slam must go virtual, viral and global! We are opening the event up to families "living and filming in isolation" anywhere in the world. We expect participation by a historic number of family teams. More participation means an even larger online audience. Our prizes are getting supersized too, with cash and scholarship awards valued at over $6,500 and counting!

STAY HOME: Due to the Coronavirus health emergency, nations across the globe are urging their citizens to stay at home. Let’s all SLAM the CURVE by staying home and making movies with our families. Do your part, and make some art!
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As always, the event is FREE to all! But please do consider a donation to Catamount Arts. Catamount has had to temporarily close their doors for the first time in their 45 year history of supporting community arts and independent film in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. With your support, Catamount Arts will be here after the crisis, doing their part for our community’s recovery. Make a Donation


TEAM REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 15th

We encourage teams to register as soon as possible to get “early bird” notifications of Required Script Elements, the first of which will be released to registered teams on April 1.


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Have the lock-down blues?
Make a film in 72 hours and win prizes!

No matter what camera you use or your experience level, make a film that includes the list of required script elements or props, and upload the film to YouTube. Share the link with us before the 72 hour clock runs out and be entered into the running for cash prizes and scholarships!


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Slam the Curve!

We can all do our part to flatten the curve by staying home, but social distancing doesn’t mean moping around the house climbing the walls. You’re on location, and your family’s your cast and crew! SOCAPA’s Tap Into Film 72-hour Slam the Curve Film Slam allows you and your team to maintain safe social distancing while filming at home and learning online.

Social Distancing

Family teams must be living in the same household and have at least one youth participant under the age of 18 and one adult supervisor. Families put your heads together and write a script based on what—and who—you have on hand. Incorporate Tap Into Film’s assigned prompts to create a short film while practicing safe social distancing. This is your chance to direct the whole family!

Film at Home

Filming at home keeps you and others safe while challenging you to interact with your environment in new ways. Whether you limit your film to a single sustained shot in one room or make use of outbuildings, your backyard, and mom’s car is up to you! What story can you tell in the confines of your environment?

Remote Learning

Even in isolation, filmmaking is collaborative, and there’s an entire online community eager to help! Check out all the videos coming soon to our online learning center.

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GUIDELINES FROM THE CDC

How does it work?

 
 
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Write an original script using the required prompts.
 
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Shoot and Direct your film!
 
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Edit and Upload your film to YouTube
 
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Win Prizes and watch the films!
 
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Do it all in just 72 hours!
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Choose Your Bracket


Both brackets win prizes! Teams with past filmmaking experience should enroll in the Competitive bracket and those that are new to filmmaking can choose to either enroll in the Competitive or Family Fun bracket.

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Competitive

- For Family Teams led by one or more "Experienced Filmmakers" (If you’ve made films before or you’re in film school, you probably belong in this bracket)

- Best Film wins $1000 Cash and a $2500 Tuition Scholarship to any SOCAPA Filmmaking Intensive.

- Best Acting wins a $500 Tuition Scholarship to any SOCAPA Acting Intensive.

- Eligible for $750 in "Surprise Category" SOCAPA Tuition Scholarships

- Eligible for $150 Cash Award for Audience Favorite

- Entered into the $50 participation raffle.

Family Fun

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- For Amateur Family Teams with no or limited filmmaking experience and/or teams led by Youth Filmmakers (14yo or younger).

- Best Film wins $500 Cash and a $1,000 Tuition Scholarship to any SOCAPA Filmmaking Intensive.

- Best Acting wins a $250 Tuition Scholarship to any SOCAPA Acting Intensive.

- Eligible for $750 in "Surprise Category" SOCAPA Tuition Scholarships

- Eligible for $150 Cash Award for Audience Favorite

- Entered into the $50 participation raffle.

Stay Tuned for Required Prompt Updates

Each week, we'll release a new required script element for your film to include. In the past these have included props, sound clips, lines of dialog, and genre. Follow us on Instagram and sign up early to get the latest releases and get a leg up on the competition.

OVER $6,500 IN CASH PRIZES & SCHOLARSHIPS

Best Film
[Competitive Bracket]
$1000 Cash & $2500 Tuition Scholarship to any SOCAPA Filmmaking Intensive

[Family Fun Bracket]
$500 Cash and a $1,000 Tuition Scholarship to any SOCAPA Filmmaking Intensive

Best Acting
[Competitive Bracket]
$500 Tuition Scholarship to any SOCAPA Acting Intensive.

[Family Fun Bracket]
$250 Tuition Scholarship to any SOCAPA Acting Intensive.

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Audience Favorite - $150 Cash Award
Participation Raffle - $50 Cash Awards (Two Drawings)
NEK Award - $250 Cash and a $500 in SOCAPA Tuition Scholarships for the Best Film made by a Team in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom


Surprise Award - An additional $250 in SOCAPA Tuition Scholarships

Do you have an idea for a “Surprise Award” that you, your family, or your family’s business might be willing to donate? If so, contact us!

 
 
 
ACTION! to save the Arts

Since 1975, Catamount Arts has presented world-class performances and independent films to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Promoting arts as the heart of community, Catamount offers classes, camps, and workshops to kids and adults; performance and exhibition opportunities to local and national artists; and a regional box office for 40 Northern New England arts organizations. Catamount produces the KCP Performing Arts Series, First Night North, and the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series, and is thrilled to partner with SOCAPA once again for the Tap Into Film 72-hr Film Slam.


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Guest Judges

Second Guest Judge

To be announced on April 1st.



Luis Guzmán

No introduction needed. Guzmán has starred in more films and television shows than we can name... but here's a small list of his notable roles. Steven Soderbergh's films Out of Sight, The Limey and Traffic. Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. HBO original series How to Make It in America and the Netflix series Narcos. He also starred in the CBS medical drama Code Black, co-starred on Cameron Crowe's Roadies, a comedy-drama on Showtime.

From the annual 'Dinner with Luis' Catamount auction item, to being one of our first film slam judges, Guzmán is a long-time supporter of Catamount Arts and local filmmaking. Two of Guzmán's sons attended SOCAPA's summer acting camps.

Guzmán splits his busy schedule between Vermont and wherever the movie business takes him.

Just checkout his IMDB Credits
No introduction needed. Guzmán has starred in more films and television shows than we can name... but here's a small list of his notable roles. Steven Soderbergh's films Out of Sight, The Limey and Traffic. Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. HBO original series How to Make It in America and the Netflix series Narcos. He also starred in the CBS medical drama Code Black, co-starred on Cameron Crowe's Roadies, a comedy-drama on Showtime.
Second Guest Judge

To be announced on April 8th.



Event Rules


Teams

Teams must have at least one member under the age of 21 and be comprised of household members or remote collaborators only. At no time should a team elicit physical assistance from people outside their household.


Filming Restrictions

You may film inside your house or on your property, but do not leave your household. If our judges see a public space or location outside your household they will flag it for disqualification. If you have safe access to a space that our judges may consider outside the household, please send us an email at [email protected] explaining the situation. Remember, our goal is to create within isolation.


You may collaborate remotely with friends and family. For example, your friend films a scene at their home and digitally sends you the video file to edit on your home computer. We love this creative collaboration and encourage it. But remember, there should be no filming in person with people outside your household.


Equipment

Use what you have - do not borrow. Cellphones are great! Keep it simple and source only what is in your household. We're not judging video quality, we're judging story.


Script Requirements

Each week you will receive new required script elements that will need to be integrated into your final film for it to be eligible for prizes. In the past, these have included a prop, a sound clip, genre, and line of dialogue. Use these items creatively to score more points for your film.


Length

Final films should be 1 to 3 minutes in length. All films must be produced, edited, exported and submitted during the 72-hour period. Films submitted after the deadline will not be screened.


Content/Legal

All films must be PG. Basically: don’t produce anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother or younger siblings to see. Prohibited content includes (but may not be limited to) drug use, sex, graphic violence, and defamatory statements. Additionally, no copyrighted materials should appear within students’ films. If any of these rules are broken, the films will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Film Slam judges. Any assigned props/locations/themes must be used in the film.


Film Submission

Final films should be uploaded to YouTube. Send us the link upon upload and we'll handle the rest!


Unexpected Developments

Unfortunately, we are all too familiar with unexpected developments. We will be monitoring updates from the CDC and the federal government for any new guidelines or recommendations that affect the event.


2019 FESTIVAL WINNERS

2019 HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

"How To Grow Up"
Team: RCMTV

2019 MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

"Body of Water"
Team: Fruit Loops

2019 AUDIENCE FAVORITE

"Fool's Gambit"
Team: The Focus Five

2019 Best Acting

"Home"
Team: Man Makes 48 Hour Film

2019 Best Story

"Full Circle"
Team: The Reel Deal

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