The MAST Studio @ Salt Lake Film Society is currently hosting 3 contests for content creators. 

At MAST, we build artists into artist-entrepreneurs.

We are, all of us, defined by our stories. They are the stuff of our empathy, our hope, our ambitions. Our evolution. They give us our consciousness, our soul. We tell these stories, we all do; we all should. And some few can show them, conjure them visually through language, art, and motion.

The tools and techniques for doing this are wildly different today than they were twenty years ago, or even ten. And they call for a new kind of artist: the artist entrepreneur, the artist technologist.

MAST exists to discover artists, then connect, nurture, and empower them, grow them into tech-savvy artist entrepreneurs. These artist entrepreneurs will then be better equipped to create their art from where they are, raising a diaspora of accessible art in every city across the globe. A diverse and democratic art. A free art.

This is our dream. This is our mission. And it’s going to be a whole lot of fun.

We are trying to promote our “Micro-Docs” contest in particular with your students. 

SUBMISSIONS
Video: All submissions must be a video documentary between 5 and 15 minutes in length, at least 1080p in resolution (4k preferred), should be accurate, should be emotionally impactful but avoid hyperbole, should touch the history, reality, challenges, progress of, or potential solutions to, racism and inequality. Depicting emotionally difficult subject matter is in keeping with the spirit of the contest, but providing a ray of hope is highly encouraged. We’re looking to inspire people to betterment, and not inadvertently exacerbate hate.

AWARDS
Grand prize winner: A single grand prize winner will be selected. A cash award of $2,000 USD will be divided among the group collaborators, along with complimentary enrollment (for up to 3 collaborators per winner) in all 2019 MASt! labs, masterclasses, and networking events.

Honorable mentions: Multiple honorable mentions may be selected. A cash award of $200 will be given to each (divided among the group).

Awards will be announced in March.

DEADLINE
All submissions must be received before noon MST on 1 March, 2019.

But we are also hosting the “Voices Seen” contest.

SUBMISSIONS
Video: All submissions must be a video animated short piece between 1 and 30 minutes in length, and at least 720p in resolution (though 1080p or higher is preferred). It should depict a distinctive visual voice and style and an aptitude for visual storytelling, but it need not necessarily include spoken dialogue or sound effects—though at least a music track is encouraged. (Please indicate in your submission whether or not you have rights to any music used in your piece.) Submissions may have previously been published, so long as exclusive rights elsewhere no longer survive, and the piece is available for licensing to Salt Lake Film Society and MAST. Either 3D or 2D is acceptable (or whatever amalgam you may have innovated). Computer animation, hand-drawn animation, and stop-motion animation are all acceptable.

AWARDS
Grand prize winners: A group of 5 to 10 grand prize winners will be selected. Each group will produce a 1- to 2-minute short animated scene with budget provided by MAST, in a short animated film produced and directed by (to-be-announced) marquee talent, for submission to the festival circuit. Winners will also receive complimentary enrollment (for up to 3 collaborators per winner) in all 2019 MAST labs, masterclasses, and networking events.

Honorable mentions: Multiple honorable mentions may be selected. A cash award of $200 will be given to each.

Awards will be announced in March. 

And also, the “People of the Earth” contest

SUBMISSIONS
Photograph: The photograph may be color or black-and-white, and should be at least 4k resolution. It must depict one person, or multiple people, and must be accompanied by signed releases (available here) from the photographed subjects.

Character profile or character-centered short story: in prose must be between 2,500 words and 10,000 words in length; in poetry may be any length. There is no required format, style, content rating, audience, or genre—it’s an open field!

All submissions must include both a photograph and a character profile/story. The photographer and writer may be the same person, but need not be—collaboration is encouraged. Award money will be split equally amongst all collaborators on all winning entries.

AWARDS
Grand prize winner: A single grand prize winner will be selected. A cash award of $2,000 USD will be divided between the writer and photographer of the winning submission), along with complimentary enrollment (for both the writer and photographer) in all 2019 MAST labs, masterclasses, and networking events.

Honorable mentions: Multiple honorable mentions may be selected. A cash award of $200 will be given to each (divided between writer and photographer).

Awards will be announced in March.

For mor information: maststudio.org   or   coral@maststudi.org

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