FedEx Institute Partners With Indie Memphis to Host Film Innovation Challenge

August 25, 2016 - The FedEx Institute of Technology continues to create opportunities for interdisciplinary technology innovation with the launch of the 2017 Film Innovation Challenge, a contest open to filmmakers across the country that highlights the latest advances in technology innovation. Contestants are invited to submit films between five to 10 minutes in length in one of two categories –Film Innovation and Technical Innovation. Each category is designed to push the limits of how film can incorporate emerging technologies, both as subject matter and as technical development. The Film Innovation Challenge festival highlighting the finalists will be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.

A special category has been made available to University of Memphis students and alumni. UofM students and alumni may submit to either the technical innovation or film innovation category and will be judged against a separate pool from the national competition.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 9, with finalists notified on Dec. 19. Submissions must fit one of two categories:

Film Innovation Challenge – Films must feature emerging trends in science and technology as their principle subject matter. This may be presented in the form of a documentary, original fictional work or experimental piece. Content must focus on technology advances which could be implemented in the next five to 10 years based on the current state of emerging technologies; or

Technical Innovation Challenge – Films should exhibit a technical innovation in their filmmaking process. Technical innovation is defined as the incorporation of a new or emerging technology which can include virtual reality/immersive technology, micro filmography or advanced CGI. Entries must include an essay explaining the implemented innovation. Email essays to fedex@memphis.edu with subject line: "Film Innovation Challenge: Technical Innovation Essay." Only technique will be judged.

Submissions will be managed through FilmFreeway, and entrants must be present at the film festival to win. For complete details, visit memphis.edu/fedex/film/.

Contact: Mary Ann Dawson