YOMYOMF (You Offend Me, You Offend My Family) has announced it will extend the deadline to submit to their “Interpretations Film Initiative” to 11:59 PM PST on Sept. 15 to accommodate more submissions.
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Now that technology has made filmmaking tools more accessible than ever, it’s even more important that directors have a distinct point-of-view and understand how to market themselves and their work. However, despite the fact that the web remains an open platform for distribution, emerging filmmakers still struggle with the age-old challenge of gaining exposure and access to influential industry players.
So with this challenge in mind, the YOMYOMF team is launching “Interpretations” – a short film initiative to encourage aspiring filmmakers to develop their own original and unique voice. All participants will create a short film using the same original script. The point of this exercise will be to encourage filmmakers to find their own take on the material and to be as creative with it as they can. The script will be broad and fluid enough so that one director could craft a comedy from it, another a stylish music video, another an action film, another an avant-garde work of animation and so on.
Once the films are submitted, a distinguished panel of judges from both the studio and independent filmmaking worlds will review the submissions. One of YOMYOMF’s collective strengths is its access to people in the industry and the goal is to bring together a mix of different figures including studio executives, producers, actors, directors and others to review the works and select what they consider the “best.” But instead of just having one winner designated the “best,” five finalists will be selected, representing a variety of different genres and styles. For example, an “unpolished” experimental film could be honored alongside a work that is as slick as any Hollywood production. The point is to convey the message that all types of filmmaking will be embraced as long as there is an original vision behind it.
The selected filmmakers will receive a $3,000 cash prize to go toward their next project as well as a one-year subscription to the WGA’s WRITTEN BY magazine. YOMYOMF will also make an attempt to introduce promising filmmakers, whether they are a finalist or not, to appropriate industry mentors to help create more focused opportunities for growth and networking.
As YOMYOMF’s founder Justin Lin explained regarding the origins of “Interpretations”: “Marlon Brando once remarked that the only way the Academy Awards would be a true barometer of who was truly best was if every actor tackled the same role and would be judged on how they interpreted that part. This exercise will embody that spirit so that a 14-year-old suburban kid from New Jersey or a 70-year-old aspiring filmmaker from Taiwan would both have an equal opportunity of creating something memorable.”