next great filmmakerBreak Media and New Regency are giving eight filmmakers $20,000 each to shoot their own short film and the chance to win the ultimate prize – a feature film deal! Think you have what it takes? Then get ready to show your stuff in the Prototype competition.

Filmmakers are invited to submit a script and treatment for “a 5 – 10 minute action, sci-fi, or effects driven short film,” along with a link to a sample of their directing work, by August 31, 2013. Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges based on the following criteria, as mapped out in the Official Rules:

40%: Originality – How original is the idea as presented in the Submission?;
40%: Creativity – How creative is the idea as presented in the Submission?’ and
20%: Achievability – Is a budget of $20,000 realistic for turning the idea presented in the Submission into a short film?

The top 8 finalists will be given $20,000 each to bring their short films to life and have them distributed across Break Media’s digital audience and one of them will win the ultimate prize – the feature film deal with New Regency.

What’s the inspiration behind Break and New Regency’s partnership to find the next great filmmaker? Here’s a little explanation from the Prototype contest page:

“Short films have always been a way for filmmakers to put themselves on the map. They use shorts as a way to express their creative vision and show the world what they’re capable of. Quentin Tarantino’s My Best Friend’s Birthday, Guillermo del Toro’s Geometria, Christopher Nolan’s Doodlebug, and Neil Blomkamp’s Alive in Joburg all showed unique visions and helped launch the careers of some of the most important directors today.

“But the reality is that many filmmakers never get that far. They could have the next great film idea, but lack the funding to bring their vision to life and have it seen by the people who can help take them to the next level.

“That’s where PROTOTYPE comes in. The idea for this revolutionary film competition was born from a desire by creative executives at Break Media and New Regency Productions to empower the next generation of filmmakers with the funding, distribution, and access they need to succeed.”

Will you be sending in a script and treatment for your chance to win $20,000 or the ultimate prize – a movie deal? If so, we wish you all kinds of luck!