TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest Open for Entries
TXU Energy and theDallas Film Society have opened the TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet StudentFilm Contest, offering cash and other prizes to the high school and collegestudents – and their schools – who enter the most creative and well-producedfilms about energy.
Now in its fifth year,the TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest has awarded morethan $120,000 in cash and prizes to student filmmakers and their schools. Italso has given winning students the opportunity to walk the red carpet at theDallas International Film Festival and to meet professional actors, writers, producersand critics.
“The film contest is agreat opportunity for students to express their ideas about electricity andenergy, and for TXU Energy to connect with another part of our diverse base ofcustomers,” said Donna Egen, who manages sponsorships for TXU Energy. “Inaddition to the prizes, past winners have been offered internships and havegotten invaluable insights and experience toward careers in film.”
Taylor Martin, asenior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Artsin Dallas, was invited to take his 2012-13 grand prize film to the AmericanConservation Film Festival. He then got the opportunity to work with Oscar®-winningproducer Aron Warner’s Reel FX on editing for Free Birds, an animated holidayfeature film starring Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson.
“This has opened a lotof opportunities for me,” Martin said.
Robert Ochoa, thecollege-level grand prize winner from 2012-13, said anyone considering an entryshould “DO IT.”
“The TXU Energy LightUp the Red Carpet Student Film Contest gave me a tremendous opportunity tonetwork on a professional level, enhance and show off my film-making ability,and acquire real world experience that looks great on a resume,” said Ochoa, asophomore at Baylor University. “It will help you more than you can everimagine.”
Ochoa’s advisor, ChrisHanson, said there is also a practical side that delivers great value to thestudents.
“It’s important forany student who wants to work in film and media to be able to create a projectthat meets certain requirements – to work within the parameters set by anemployer,” Hanson said. “Robert took those rules and ran with them, andultimately created a winning film that shows that he knows how to be creativewithin a set of specific constraints.”
Films of three-to-fiveminutes in length can be produced in any film genre, including drama, comedy,music video or animation. Students are encouraged to focus on how energy andelectricity add to their lives and how energy might fit into our futures. Themost successful films will capture and entertain or inspire their audiences.They will take them beyond what’s already being done with energy – whetherthat’s over-consuming, being energy efficient, or living off the grid. Those films might share a vision of how we will use electricity in the future,illustrate how electricity inspires us or show the power that electricity hasto change a moment or change a life.
The deadline for entryis Jan. 31, 2014. Entries will be judged by the public online and a panel offilm industry professionals will judge the finalists before winners areannounced in April 2014. Winners will find out how they ranked and their prizeson April 10, 2014, during Dallas International Film Festival’s award ceremony.
“It may seem likethere’s a long lead time between now and the deadline for entry, but studentsshouldn’t let that lull them into waiting,” Egen said. “The level ofcompetition is intense and there is a tremendous amount of work necessary toproduce a winning film.”
Registration for thecontest is open at txu.com/film, where students will find theofficial rules and links to past winning films.