Netflix, Film Independent set competition

Filmmakers compete to have their work distributed online

Movie rental service Netflix and Los Angeles-based Film Independent are joining forces to discover a new independent filmmaker, who will receive a $150,000 production grant to make a feature film, which will be distributed online by Netflix.

Josh Brolin is serving as honorary chair and as one of the judges of the competition, dubbed the "Netflix FIND Your Voice Film Competition."

The winner will own all rights to his or her film. Film Independent will provide advisement and mentorship to the winning filmmaker throughout the production process and will also screen the winner's movie at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

In addition to the $150,000 grant funded by Netflix, the winner will also receive a four-week camera package donated by Panavision, 25,000 feet of Kodak Color Negative Film or 10,000 feet of Kodak Color Intermediate Film donated by Eastman Kodak Company, up to $75,000 in dailies and prints donated by Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, and a digital intermediate package with a maximum value of $150,000 provided by EFILM Hollywood, a division of Deluxe.

The competition is open to first-time filmmakers who have not yet created and publicly screened a full-length narrative feature film of 70 minutes or more. There is no fee to apply to the competition, but a maximum of only 2,000 submissions will be accepted. Full eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and an entry application can be found online at

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 19. Film Independent will review and evaluate all submissions to select 10 semi-finalists, who will be asked to submit a two-to-three-minute video short related to the proposed program. The 10 semi-finalist video shorts will be uploaded to the competition web site on June 5 and the videos will then be open to voting by the general public through July 5.

Five finalists will be determined by the video shorts by a panel of judges consisting of independent film professionals, chaired by Brolin.

"Netflix is all about connecting people with movies they'll love, and a large part of that mission has been about finding just the right audience for films that otherwise would have had real challenges finding a market," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. The competition "is a natural extension of what we do and the perfect platform to help budding filmmakers create compelling content through a supportive and educational process."

"As an organization dedicated to supporting a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision, we are happy to provide such direct and tangible support for a new and original voice in filmmaking," said Dawn Hudson, executive director of FIND.