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A Spotlight on Talent: AT&T’s SHAPE, Film Awards, and Create-a-thon


AT&T SHAPE is an annual weekend event that brings pioneering tech and entertainment professionals to Warner Bros. Studios for programming open to content-creators at all levels, as well as the general public. The event explores the convergence of technology and entertainment and includes renowned speakers and interactive exhibits by start-ups and industry leaders that showcase revolutionary content creation and distribution.

This year’s expo in early June featured a fascinating variety of speakers,presentations, exhibits, studio tours, and challenges designed to offer an interactive forum for networking, collaboration, and cutting-edge fun. Exhibits included a 360 Projection Dome and full-body motion capture technology.

Submittable partnered with AT&T to facilitate submissions for two of its competitions: the AT&T Film Awards, focused in this fourth iteration on emerging, underrepresented creators, and Create-a-thon, in which competitors create a short film during SHAPE weekend shot either on mobile or IBM Watson Media Tools making use of Warner Bros. Studios’ famous cityscapes and backlots. Creat-a-thon filmmakers have a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize  in a variety of categories for best completed film.

Film Award finalists had their films screened in front of a live audience and panel of judges and winners were officially announced at SHAPE. You can find out more about them below. Create-a-thon winners will be determined by public online voting—check out the contestants and cast your vote beginning today (June 22) here.

At SHAPE, David Christopher, president of AT&T Mobility and Entertainment, and Ava DuVernay, writer, director, and producer, awarded $85,000 total to 7 films, with an unprecedented 3-way tie for first place in the Emerging Filmmaker group. These three winners (Jonah AnsellBola Ogun, and Cameo Wood) received $20,000 each.

Awards were also given in the following categories: Underrepresented Filmmaker (Andrea Vicunia), Shot on Mobile (Sung In Sohn and Ahmed Abu Talib), 360 Cinematic Video (the team for My Africa), and CGI/Animated (Ninaad Kulkarni).

Congratulations to the filmmakers, participants and attendees for SHAPE, and to AT&T for promoting innovative talent in entertainment and technology.

Using the Submittable platform and marketing services, AT&T received over 1,500 hundred entries for the awards. Let us help your opportunity receive a high volume of quality submissions—be in touch with the sales team for a demo or to connect with Submittable’s marketing specialists.

*Photo courtesy of AT&T, sourced here.

Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell is Senior Editor for Submittable's Marketing Team. She also writes and teaches poetry. You can find Rachel's creative work here: rachelmindell.com