Winner Announced

Congratulations, Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste

Draped in the culturally capricious backdrop of Miami, a chaste, digitally dependent twenty something is forced to coexist with his promiscuous problematic cousin.

Contest Details

Submissions Open 10:00AM PST
Nov 03, 2015
Submissions Open

The “Get The Greenlight” digital series contest is officially open for entries. Submit your original video pitch by clicking the “Submit” button above. See the FAQ if you have questions.

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Submissions Closed 11:59PM PST
Nov 25, 2015
Submissions Closed

All entries for the “Get The Greenlight” digital series contest must be received by 11:59 PM PST Nov 25, 2015. No entries will be accepted after that time.

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Public Voting Open 9:01AM PST
Nov 28, 2015
Public Voting Begins

The Top Finalists will be posted at this time and public voting will be opened. Anyone with a Facebook account is welcome to vote, including contest entrants. You may vote on multiple submissions.

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Public Voting Closed 11:59PM PST
Dec 02, 2015
Public Voting Ends

Public voting closes at this time and votes will no longer be accepted.

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Top 5 Announced 9:01AM PST
Dec 21, 2015
Top 5 Announced

The Top 5 Finalists will be posted at this time for viewing and filmmakers will be notified. The Top 5 Finalists will be reviewed by an industry judging panel to determine a winner.

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Winner Announced 10:01AM PST
Jan 08, 2016
Winner Announced

The winning pitch will be posted at this time and will also be announced on YouTube and in social media.

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Get The Greenlight is Project Greenlight Digital Studios’ first contest. We’re awarding $25,000 to an emerging filmmaker to produce a digital series. To enter, all you need to do is submit a one to three-minute pitch video telling us why your series should Get the Greenlight by 11:59pm on November 25, 2015. Even if you don’t enter, you can still vote for the top finalists on December 7, 2015.

Some guidelines for your video:

  • It should include the name of your series.
  • It should include your name and the name of any co-writers/co-directors.
  • It should contain a basic “pitch” for your series: setting, tone, genre, main character, etc.
  • The series should have a strong narrative arc.
  • Show us your creativity! Introduce yourself, get down, have fun!
  • Finally, your video MUST answer this question: Why should YOU Get the Greenlight?
  • You are also free to provide more information about your series by including a link to a web page where you can share photos, videos, a series bible, etc.

For more, make sure you check out the rules page.

Good luck!

The winner receives $25,000 as part of a development deal with Project Greenlight Digital Studios.

1. How do I enter the contest?

Record and upload a video pitch for an original digital series. The pitch must be at least 1 minute long and no longer than 3 minutes, and must clearly state your digital series concept and why you deserve to “Get the Greenlight” for your project. Click here for a complete list of the creative requirements.

2. I’m a professional director. Can I enter?

If you’re a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), or if you’ve directed a feature film that was acquired for paid distribution, you’re
not eligible to enter. Otherwise, enter away. For complete contest terms, click here.

3. Can I enter if I’m not a U.S. resident?

Not currently. While we hope to extend Project Greenlight Digital Studios competitions to other countries in the near future, right now, you must be a U.S. resident (and 18+ years of age) to enter. For complete contest terms, click here.

4. How long does my submission have to be?

At least 1 minute long but no longer than 3 minutes.

5. What sort of file formats can I upload?

WMV, AVI, MP4, or Quicktime with most common codecs. The aspect ratio must be 1920 X 1080, and no larger than 1GB.

6. Can I upload other supporting materials?

You can upload a custom thumbnail for your submission pitch video, and include a link to a website with supporting materials, including
storyboards, graphics, PDFs, and bio information.

7. Can I submit via smartphone?

While your smartphone’s browser may support mobile submission, we recommend submitting via desktop for best results.

8. What happened to my entry?

If you got a confirmation screen on projectgreenlight.com after you uploaded your entry, don’t worry – it’s been submitted. If you did not, or have another question, please email us at digital@projectgreenlight.com. We will periodically be featuring entries on
our social media channels during the submission period, so keep an eye out for yours.

9. How will I know if I made it to the Top Finalists?

We will notify all top finalists via email on December 7th, 2015.

10. Who can vote in the contest?

Voting is open to anyone with a Facebook account, including filmmakers who enter the contest.

11. How will I know if I made it to the Top 5?

We will notify the Top 5 finalists via email on December 18th, 2015.

12. How will the winner be announced?

The winner will be contacted personally by the Project Greenlight Digital Studios team on January 8th, 2015. He or she will be publicly announced via YouTube on the same date.

13. What does the winner receive?

$25,000 to produce the original digital series described in the winning pitch. Terms and conditions apply to the prize. For complete contest terms, click here.

14. If I've shot part or all of my web series, but it hasn't been released yet, does it still qualify as a submission entry?

Sure, but please keep in mind that you're only submitting a pitch video explaining the concept of your series -- although you can link to the series in the "additional materials" section of the contest submission form, and/or include clips from your series in your pitch.

15. What if it's already been released?

You can still submit, but keep in mind that we're looking for new concepts. The newer, the better.

16. Can my entry have been submitted into a festival?

Yes -- as long as you haven't received any significant monetary award for it and it was a bona fide festival, not a competition. But to reiterate, please submit pitches, not produced material.

17. If we are interested in making a second season of an already successful web series is this something we could submit for?

Yes! Pitch us on the second season of your series.

18. Can my team really only have 2 members?

Only two people can submit as official team members. However, we understand that more creative team members might be necessary to complete your project; if you would like, you may note additional attachments/crew members in the "Additional Details" section of your entry.

19. Can U.S. citizens living in other countries apply?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept your submission at this time. As we expand our platform, we hope to be able to interface with international submissions.

20. Does my series have to be a standard series that would air or get renewed every year? Is it a limited or mini-series? Does it matter?

We're open to any and all ideas and formats.

21. When does production start? If I can't start immediately, would I be disqualified from the final round?

We will work with our winner or winners to produce the winning submission in a way and on a timeline that makes sense for everyone.

22. Can I use a crowdsourcing platform to add more money to my budget?

At this time we're not planning to involve crowdsourcing to augment our production budget. The winning submission should be capable of being produced for $25,000.

23. Can I submit multiple times?

Only one submission per user is allowed.

24. Is it possible to include a clip or teaser from our web series in the pitch submission?

Absolutely! We'd love to see it.

25. The contest rules state that the pitch must be live-action, but may I create a live-action pitch for an animated concept?

Yes, you may.

26. By entering the contest, does Project Greenlight Digital Studios automatically own my idea?

The very short answer is no, but please see our contest rules and above FAQs for more complete guidance --- we've endeavored in those documents to address all legal questions in as simple a way as possible.

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