Cardinal & Gold: Ed Wood Film Festival

Friday, February 2, 2018 at 9:00pm

This is a past event.

The USC Hotel, Grand Ballroom
3540 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Ed Wood was a notorious filmmaker dating back to the 1950s who was awarded the Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of all time. We challenge students to make a better film than Ed Wood could have in less than 24 hours! Prizes and awards will be given out at our 22nd Annual Ed Wood Film Festival!

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The filming for the event will be January 27th at 2PM – January 28th at 2PM.

General Specifications
1. You will have 24 hours to create a film that is better than one created by the notorious filmmaker, Ed Wood. Filming will commence on Saturday, January 27th at 2PM. Using the given theme and prop: Write, shoot, edit and export your creation and convert it to a single movie film on a flash drive (will likely not get the USB back) by 2pm on Sunday, January 28th inside the New North CSC Main Lobby, we will not accept late films!
2. A committee will select the top 10-15 films based on artistic and/or entertainment merit for screening at the Ed Wood Film Festival Screening event on Friday, February 2nd at 9PM at the USC Radisson Hotel Ballroom. All film festival participants and friends are invited to attend the screening and the reception. Winners of the competition will be chosen by judges (those in the TV and film industry or USC Faculty) that evening and awards will be presented. At least one member of the film-making project must be present at the event to win.

Logistical Specifications

1. Your film must incorporate the theme and feature the prop. The prop must be used in SOME way, not necessarily just in the way it’s meant to be used or even as a plot device. Be creative! 
2. Your group may not begin pre-production or production until after the theme and prop has been announced at registration.
3. Your OFFICIAL GROUP may consist of no more than five USC students, however non-students and other group members may act or crew on the production. Only official members may receive program recognition and awards at the screening.
4. Any equipment your group has access to is fair game, but no equipment is provided.
5. There are no restrictions in terms of content. However, there will be faculty/ staff, minors and special guests at the festival, so we ask you to use your discretion! Remember your film represents all USC filmmakers.
6. This contest is about guerrilla film-making. Do what you need to get the shot, but DO NOT ENDANGER YOURSELF OR OTHERS. You are required to obey all state / federal laws as well as those of the university; do not hurt animals or trees during your filming, nor sabotage other groups. Violators will be disqualified.

Technical Specifications

1. Finished films must be less than 5 minutes, including credits. If a film is over the time limit, it risks disqualification. There is an emphasis on quality rather than quantity.
2. Finished films may be submitted as a single movie film on a flash drive at the New North CSC Lobby. The exported film should be able to be played on QUICKTIME or VLC PLAYER. We do not want a movie burned to a DVD. We don’t want a menu. We just want a file.

If you have an EMERGENCY regarding shooting please contact New North Graduate Residential College Coordinator, Alexa Layne, ( Please include your phone number in your e-mail so we can call you back. Please understand that we are extremely busy and will try to get back to you ASAP.

Event Type

Arts, Film Screening, Student Life, Free Food, Reception


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