May 22, 2020

Women In Film LA, ReFrame and IMDbPro announced the CURBSIDE SHORTS Two-Minute Film Challenge, inviting female and non-binary filmmakers from North America to create and submit for free a short film inspired by life while sheltering in place. What have you discovered about yourself, home, or neighborhood? How do you envision the future coming out of this pandemic? Have you imagined a new character or superhero? Or perhaps been inspired by a real life hero working on the front lines? The contest launches Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at NOON PDT at and all submissions must be received by Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at NOON PDT.

“The filmmaking community was hit immediately, and hard, by the COVID-19 crisis, with the loss of thousands of jobs in the first week due to halted productions, and job losses are ongoing,” said Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director, Women In Film Los Angeles. “In the spirit of keeping filmmaking alive, and to capture this moment of profound interconnectivity, the CURBSIDE SHORTS Two-Minute Film Challenge supports female filmmakers during this crisis by providing an opportunity to stay productive, creative and inspired in this time.”

The MPA has stepped up with $10,000 which will go directly to COVID-19 charities. Commenting on their support, John Gibson, Vice President, External and Multicultural Affairs said: “During these challenging times, it’s important that we keep the fire of creativity burning – and we’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with Women In Film and ReFrame to support efforts providing much needed relief to creators until the industry gets back to work.”

Audiences will have one week to vote for their favorites on the submission platform, AudPop, a video network that connects diverse filmmakers to opportunities to help change the world. Audience voting opens May 26, 2020 at NOON PDT and closes June 2, 2020 at NOON PDT. Registration is required to vote and there is no cost.

The finalists will then be reviewed by a jury of ReFrame Ambassadors and established industry professionals including Maria Bello (actress/”NCIS”), Cara Buono (actress/“Stranger Things”), Marta Cunningham (director, actress), Nisha Ganatra (director/LATE NIGHT), Catherine Hardwicke (director/TWILIGHT), Barbara Kopple (director/AMERICAN DREAM), Col Needham (founder and CEO of IMDb), Tanya Saracho (writer, director/”Vida”), and Kim Yutani (Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival) who will vote for one grand prize-winning film to get a $5,000 cash prize, a first runner-up to get a $2,000 cash prize and three additional films to each receive a $1,000 cash prize. The five winning films will be featured on the homepage of IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows, and celebrities, and receive a one-year membership to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals, to help filmmakers continue achieving success in their careers.

Filmmakers will have one week to write, shoot, and edit a two-minute short video following social distancing guidelines. All genres are welcome: drama, comedy, horror, animation, documentary or a hybrid. Filmmakers can employ smart phones and/or DSLR cameras, animation, lighting, camera equipment, and editing tools as available “at home” to create a short film. There is no cost to submit.

Click here for more information and to submit your short film:



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