WHEN IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION?
The deadline to sign up your team is April 30th, but you have until May 31st to submit your film and pitch video.
HOW LONG SHOULD MY SCENE & PITCH BE?
The produced scene must be between two minutes and five minutes long. The pitch video must be between one minute and three minutes long.
DOES THE TEAM CAPTAIN HAVE TO BE OVER 18 YEARS OLD TO BE ELIGIBLE?
Yes, the team captain must be 18 years old at the time of registration to be eligible to win the competition.
CAN PEOPLE UNDER 18 BE INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT? Yes, we encourage team leaders to help young filmmakers to get involved in all aspects of filmmaking.
DOES THE TEAM CAPTAIN HAVE TO IDENTIFY AS FEMALE? No, but a female must be in at least one leadership role (writer director, or producer).
WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE PITCH VIDEO?
The pitch video should include all the information that you would tell a studio executive if you had three minutes to pitch your film across the table from them. Be sure to touch base on all major plot points, character details, and artistic choices. This is a chance to be yourself and show us your passion, so don't forget to tell us why you want to make the film!
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ANY SPECIFIC TYPE OF FILM?
The competition is open to all types of film. This includes documentary film as well as all genres. Our judging team will not be giving preference to any particular style.
ARE THE WINNINGS TAXED?
Yes, the law currently requires the winnings you receive to be taxed. We will release a 1099 form for the winner to use for tax purposes.
WHAT FILE FORMATS ARE ACCEPTABLE?
Submissions are to be delivered as a .mp4 or .mov file.
HOW ARE THE WINNERS CHOSEN?
The winners will be chosen by a group of industry respected professionals following a criteria guideline. This guideline can be found under the Rules & Regulations page.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE WIN?
If you win the competition, Women Making a Scene will release the prize money to your team in two segments. The first segment will be half of the grand prize to be paid out within 30 days of the contest. The second segment will be the other half of the prize, to be paid out after receiving a fully completed script, team roster, storyboard, and shooting schedule.
AM I ALLOWED TO BE ON MORE THAN ONE TEAM?
Yes. We encourage filmmakers to collaborate as often as possible, but you may only be the team captain for one submission.
CAN I SUBMIT A SCENE / PITCH FOR A SHORT FILM CONCEPT?
No. This particular competition is specifically for feature film funding. The winning team is to produce a film of 40 minutes or longer with the prize funds.
ARE STUDENTS ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE?
Yes! This competition is a great exercise for those learning about the filmmaking process. We even have a professor in San Diego that is letting his students submit to WOMAS in lieu of their final project!
IS ANIMATION ALLOWED?
Yes. All types of films are eligible to win the competition.
CAN I SUBMIT A PROJECT FOR FREE?
Yup! Inclusivity is at the very core of our project. We want to support up and coming filmmakers in whatever way we can, so free submissions will be eligible to win a gift card at B&H. With this prize, they can add to their collection of film equipment and continue sharpening their craft.
CAN I UPGRADE MY FREE REGISTRATION TO PAID REGISTRATION?
Yes. As long as your team is registered by May 1st, 2020, you can upgrade your registration to a paid registration until May 31st, 2020.
CAN I BE A SPONSOR?
Absolutely! Please send a message via our 'about us' page in order to get sponsorship details. Another great way to be a part of this project if you're not a filmmaker, is to sponsor a filmmaker's entry fee to the competition.
DO I HAVE TO SUBTITLE MY FILM?
Non-English films must be subtitled in English for the sake of the judging process.
CAN I USE ALREADY CREATED CONTENT TO SUBMIT TO THE COMPETITION?
Yes. You are able to submit content that you have already shot for a short film, or footage from the preliminary stages of building a feature. However, the submitted scene can not be from a feature film in its late stages of production or a short film with a current distribution contract.
WHERE DOES MY SUBMISSION FEE GO?
Half of all entry fees will go directly to the prize fund. This means that everyone participating in the competition is doing their part to help support the feature film being produced. The other half of the money will go toward producing the international event, hosting premiere event at a historic theater, and supporting the non-profit: The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
WILL I BE NOTIFIED THAT MY FILM IS RECEIVED?
Yes, all teams will be notified that their film is received before the submission deadline.
CAN I POST MY SCENE OR PITCH ONLINE?
Yes. Materials produced for this competition belong to you and we encourage you to take whatever steps necessary to promote your work.
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT WHETHER OR NOT MY PROJECT WAS SELECTED?
The semi-finalists will be announced by June 30, 2020. The. finalists will be announced by July 20th, 2020.
WHO GETS TO ATTEND THE PREMIERE EVENT?
All team leaders that submit a film on time will be given two tickets for their screening group if there film is shown in San Diego, CA.
IF MY FILM IS NOT SELECTED, MAY I SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE FOR NOTES?
All team captains will be emailed with feedback about the scene and pitch submitted; you won't have to track anyone down!
HOW MANY SCENES WILL BE CHOSEN AS FINALISTS TO BE SCREENED?
Fifteen films will be chosen to be screened at the Women Making a Scene Premiere event. Of these fifteen, five of the films will be eligible for the grand prize.
WILL "WOMEN MAKING A SCENE" HAVE THE RIGHTS TO USE MY SUBMISSIONS?
No. Women Making a Scene will not use your film without consent from the team captain. Your scene and pitch remain your property. The finalists will be contacted with paperwork allowing us to screen your scene at the premiere event. Women Making a Scene will not publicly use any of your submitted materials without explicit consent from the team captain.
IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I CONTACT?
Please send us a message via the contact form on our 'about us' page and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.