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Film-making Competition for Kids and Teens!

posted by Nell Minow

“Central casting” at and Reading Rockets is looking for young, creative writers and filmmakers to participate in the Exquisite Prompt “Write It, Film It Video Contest” for kids ages 7-18.
First, you pick a “prompt” suggested by one of these great writers.
* Jon Scieszka (Time Warp Trio)
* Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia)
* Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux)
* Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis)
* Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising)
* Steven Kellogg (Chicken Little)
* Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
And be sure to check out their exquisite corpse adventure. An “exquisite corpse” is a writing game where everyone writes a different part of the same story, not seeing what anyone else has done.
Then you write a script. The site has a lot of great resources to help guide you.
Then you can enter your script or go ahead and make a movie (no more than 3 minutes) and send it in. Teams of two are allowed. All the rules and information about how to enter are here.
Film It! Keep it simple, keep it interesting. Remember: maximum length: 3 minutes. Titles, musical interludes, and ‘special effects’ are cool but not required.
Enter Now! The contest has three competition levels:
* Level I: ages 7-10
* Level II: ages 11-13
* Level III: ages 14-18
* Winners from each competition level will have their video published on Reading Rockets,, and YouTube
* Gold Award Winners will receive a Flip HD video camera, a collection of books and DVDs, and movie tickets
* Silver Award and Bronze Award Winners will receive books, DVDs, and movie tickets
Good luck!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Holly

    When are submissions due?????

    • Nell Minow

      Sorry, Holly, the date on that post was August 2010. Keep reading the blog for info on new competitions as they come in.

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