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Project FX 2018 Now Accepting Submissions
originally published: 09/12/2017
(RED BANK, NJ) -- PROJECT FX 2018, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film competition presented by Bank of America, is live at www.projectFXbasie.com. Starting now, students enrolled at any New Jersey high school or college can visit the site to learn about entering the competition, with an internship experience with Sony Pictures Classics, a high-end Sony camera and $1,000 cash at stake as the contest's grand prize.
On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the Count Basie Theatre will proudly host the daylong PROJECT FX Festival, which will include workshops with film industry professionals, plus a showcase of the top vote getters in both the high school and college categories.
“Every year, PROJECT FX unearths the best cinematic work among students throughout New Jersey.” said Tom Bernard, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics. “I am excited to see what this year brings.”
PROJECT FX is open to students enrolled in any New Jersey high school or college as of September 1, 2016. Students have until Sunday, March 11, 2018 to enter their films, which will then be judged upon by a panel of regional and industry-wide experts. Last year’s PROJECT FX competition and festival attracted more than 80 high school and college applicants from throughout the state.
Entries into the PROJECT FX 2018 competition are limited to ten minutes, and must have been produced no earlier than January 2017 by students then and presently enrolled full-time in any New Jersey high school or college institution. Interested students will upload their films to either YouTube.com or Vimeo.com, and then fill out the official festival entry form at www.projectFXbasie.com. A $25 non-refundable fee is required to enter the competition, and films previously entered for PROJECT FXconsideration are not eligible.
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From there, a subcommittee and cast of master adjudicators will critique entries using a point system to rate each film’s storyline, cinematography, technical aspects, sound and editing. In April 2018, the ten highest vote-getters in both the high school and college categories will be posted on the PROJECT FX Facebook page at www.facebook.com/projectFXbasie, where a separate tally of “Likes” and “Shares” will also factor into final scoring.
Full competition rules, regulations, prerequisites and scoring guidelines can be found at www.projectfxbasie.com. Details on the May 5, 2018 onsite festival and workshops / panels will be released closer to that date.
State Theatre Presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert with NJSO
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The Morris Museum Brings Back Exhibition On Screen series
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A Look At New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019
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