Friday, March 22, 2013


Following the success of the first-ever Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge held in 2012, Very Important Productions and the Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge (CFC) announced today that the second annual competition is set to take place from April 9 -- April 23 in Los Angeles, CA. This year's esteemed judging panel includes pop culture icon Kurt Loder, Matthew Lillard ("Scooby-Doo, "The Descendants"), Melody Hammer the head of development at Style Haul, as well as Slamdance President & Co-Founder, filmmaker Peter Baxter, Andrew Wilson of Zero Gravity, and Bethany Orr, last year's CFC winner.

On May 4th 2013, at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood, the festival will screen the top films and a panel of industry judges will choose the best short film of 2013. The grand prize winner will earn $5,000 and another $5,000 will be given out in cash and prizes. A cocktail reception will immediately follow the award ceremony.

"We're excited to be offering this platform for collaboration between independent filmmakers to create vanguard cinema," states CFC Founder Joe Gressis.

The CFC is a one-of-a-kind film festival based in Los Angeles. Teams of two filmmakers are paired together based on compatible strengths, then collaborate and compete to see who can make the best short film in two weeks. At Orientation on April 9th, the festival will pair filmmakers together and release a Theme Quote meant to inspire this year's movies. From there it's off to the races, as contestants must make their film and collaborate on at least one other in just two weeks.
Entry fees for filmmakers are $35 and $15 for students and collaborator-only entrants. Registration is open now and space is limited. Enter today!

About Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge
The Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge was founded in 2012 by writer/producer Joe Gressis and is held in association with Very Important Productions, an independent production company. Past projects include 2011 indie feature A LITTLE HELP, a film by Michael J. Weithorn (King of Queens), starring Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Chris O'Donnell; Adult Swim's Drinky Crow Show; Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated Baxter & MacGuire; and Streamy-nominated hit web series Oishi High School Battle.

For more information about the Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge please visit

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