Mockumentary or documentary style short film. The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is a narrative short film competition but many of our film challenge participants are currently staying home and safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic the genre of the assignment of the 2021 EDFC: Home Edition is Mockumentray or documentary style.
Some examples of mockumentary, fake documentary or documentary style films: This is Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest films ( Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind etc.), Borat, Bruno, A Hard Day’s Night, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.
Other examples of documentary style projects can be horror or comedy based including the original Radio broadcast of The War of Worlds, The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, District 9, and the TV shows: The Office, Parks and Recreations, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Special note: Each film must have someone with a disability in front of or behind the camera. The entire production must be filmed from your or your talents house/property. All participants must follow social distancing and COVID-19 restriction guidelines presented by the Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html or will not be eligible for competition. For teams utilizing SAGAFTRA talent all entrant representatives must follow the SAGAFTRA filming requirements and safety protocols, which are available on SAGAFTRA’s website and inside our rules http://disabilityfilmchallenge.com/challenge/the-rules
A tribute: This theme celebrates and pays tribute to a subject. Is there something special about your subject? This theme can highlight both the big and small moments.
A discovery or never before seen reveal of a subject or situation: Did you find something new about yourself, someone else, humanity or a subject that has never been documented? Why do you feel the need to tell this story now?
Feel free to use humor if it fits into your story or to do something unexpected.
Required props: a hat, a photograph, a calendar or a clock, a cell phone. (Each film must feature one of these props)
Photos and Video Use: Personal photos and video that you have the rights of your subject can be used. Archival footage can only be used if you can prove you have rights.
DURATION: All films must be between 3-5 minutes in length, not including the credits. If the addition of the credits puts the film over 5 minutes, that is acceptable, however films cannot exceed 6 minutes.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All entries must be uploaded as downloadable Vimeo files and linked to FilmFreeway, or uploaded to FilmFreeway directly by 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST on Sunday, March 21st, 2021. Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 6th, 2021