Break Media, New Regency Partner for Short Film Competition

Eight filmmakers will receive $20,000 each, with one winning a development deal.

Break Media and New Regency Productions are giving aspiring filmmakers the chance to take their work to the next level. In a new program called Prototype, eight filmmakers will be given $20,000 each to bring their own action, sci-fi or effects-driven shorts to life, the companies announced Thursday.

The eight filmmakers chosen will make five to 10-minute short films under the guidance of Break Media and New Regency executives, with the films being distributed on Break Media’s web, mobile, YouTube and OTT platforms.

One of the filmmakers will then be chosen to receive a development deal with New Regency, which could lead to him or her to turning their short into a feature film produced by the studio.

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“Prototype is a way to discover and cultivate talent by providing them with the financing, distribution, and access to the entertainment industry that they wouldn’t otherwise have,” said Greg Siegel, SVP Entertainment Development, Break Media.

The eight finalists will be revealed in the Fall, and the winner will be announced in early 2014.

“Digital platforms have proven to be a hub for exciting new intellectual property and talent,” said David Manpearl, SVP of Production, New Regency. “We’re excited to partner with Break Media, one of the leaders in digital entertainment content, to uncover and cultivate the future of our industry online.”

Filmmakers can submit their short film scripts or their treatments for a full-length feature project and directing samples here.