Skip to main content

Future Format

The Future Format competition challenges filmmakers to respond to a technical brief – this year, submissions are to be shot exclusively on a smartphone. The competition awards one winner and a shortlist of up to five. Entry is free.

Submissions must be between 2 to 5 minutes in length. The deadline for entries is 07:00 AM (CT) December 13, 2022.
Prizes
Category Winners Shortlist
Flights to Los Angeles and accommodation x x
Ceremony attendance x x
Two-day workshop program at Sony Pictures studio* x x
Sony's Digital Imaging equipment x
$2,500 Cash prize x
Certificate x
Trophy x

*Topics covered in workshops will include: casting, physical production, animation, legal, CGI, innovation at Sony, pitching process, sound and music mixing, post-production, talent agencies, TV and studio tours

 

Entry Requirements

Body
  • Videos must be shot exclusively on a smartphone
  • Entries can be made using any smartphone
  • Your video must be between 2 to 5 minutes long 
  • One submission per person 
  • Please make sure your submission is in English (or includes English subtitles)
  • You must own full copyright of your entry
  • Your film must have been created in 2021 or 2022 

Before you enter, please make sure you have:

  • A description of your submission (add this to the ‘series description’ field) 
  • A link to your video, for example, it can be a Vimeo or YouTube URL, make sure it’s 1080 pixels ProRes HQ MOV*
  • 1 thumbnail JPEG that illustrates your project
  • Image used need to be: 
    • JPEG format
    • Quality 10 or above
    • Between 1 to 5MB each 
    • Set to sRGB color mode 

*You do not need to upload an MP4 file

Shortlist Requirements

Body

All shortlisted filmmakers will need to submit a high resolution file for screening and distribution purposes with the following specifications:

  • A high-resolution version with a minimum resolution of 1080 pixels ProRes HQ MOV
  • Your audio mix and stems as separate files
  • Separated graphics
  • A 30 second trailer of your film

Filmmaker

The Filmmaker competition elevates original voices that bring a fresh perspective to storytelling. There are three categories, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Environment. Entries can be shot on any device but must be between 5 to 20 minutes in length.

Student Filmmaker

The Student Filmmaker competition rewards the talent soon to shape the industry – entrants must be studying at a registered institution. There are two categories, Fiction and Non-Fiction. Entries can be shot on any device and must be between 5 to 20 minutes in length.

Future Format

The Future Format competition challenges filmmakers to respond to a technical brief – this year, submissions are to be shot exclusively on a smartphone. Entries can be shot on any smartphone but must be between 2 to 5 minutes in length.