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Apple Launches ‘Insomnia’ Film Festival



Apple Launches ‘Insomnia’ Film Festival


Apple has announced an annual film festival with a 24-hour challenge for film directors. Nicknamed “Insomnia”, the festival takes place on November 10, 2006.

Filmmakers will be given 24 hours to turn a script into a movie that they must upload to Apple: “Turn 24 hours of madness into 15 minutes of fame,” Apple encourages on the contest website.

“The first-ever Insomnia Film Festival challenges you and your team to write, shoot, and edit a short film in just one day,” explains the company.

The contest is only open to US film and video directing students attending an accredited college or university.

Apple will reveal a list of three elements that have to be combined in the film’s story at 5 p.m. US Eastern time. If you want to participate, you will only have 24 hours from then to make a movie and upload it.

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All tickets will be available to the public online. Visitors will be able to rate films until December 3. Entries longer than 3 minutes will not be accepted. The top 25 will be judged by a panel of experts, including actor/director Matthew Modine, Flying Karamazov Brothers founder Randy Nelson, documentary filmmaker Jon Shenk, improvisational theater teacher Rebecca Stockley, and distinguished expert on Apple Education and Professor of Art Media and Design John Woody.

Winners will be announced in two categories: Audience Choice and Jury Choice. The two winners will get a copy of Final Cut Studio, a copy of Shake and an 80GB video iPod.

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All entries must be made on a Mac and compressed as QuickTime movies with a maximum of 400 pixels.

Source: Macworld