Announcing the Film Contest

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 04/12/2013 06:17PM

This time around, we're setting out to prove Ron Howard's very own words, "we're all creative." Canon and Ron Howard present Project Imaginat10n: The Film Contest.

After a wave of submissions to the 10 key storytelling themes, the 91 winning photographs have been chosen. These photos will now shape the films of our 5 Celebrity Directors - Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy.

But the project continues. We still need 5 more films to complete the film festival. So now it's your turn to sit in the director's chair and create a film inspired by 10 photos. Learn more about the Film Contest in this video from Ron Howard himself.

We'll also be sharing tips and advice from last year's Project Imagin8ion director, Bryce Dallas Howard. Bryce and Ron Howard will help choose the 5 winning user films to be screened alongside our Celebrity Directors' at the Project Imaginat10n Film Festival. Each winner will also receive $5,000. Together, the 10 films will be part of "A Ron Howard Presentation."

While you consider the photos that will inspire your film, keep a few things in mind:

  • Films will be judged on the extent to which they were inspired by 10 of the winning photos, the extent to which the film is imaginative, overall technical quality, originality and overall impression.
  • You must be at least 16 years old and be a legal resident of one of the fifty United States or D.C. to enter.
  • The person submitting the film must be the director.
  • Films must be 1 to 10 minutes in length (including no more than 2 minutes of credits).
  • You must obtain all releases and clearances that are necessary for the production and use of the film, including from all contributors, actors and musicians.
  • You must obtain a license for any component of the film that is not owned by you (artwork, logos, music, other video, etc.)

Film submissions open in June, however, you can start choosing the 10 photos that inspire you most and begin your filmic journey. Stay tuned for details and good luck to all.

Long Live Imagination.

  • Jamila M.

    Thank you for this opportunity Mr. Howard. I do not know why it did not dawn on me until 24 hours before this project's deadline for our 1-10 minute films. I did take a shot at it. But of course with the 24 hours to do it all I shot my film but was not able to edit it in time. Still, thank you. As someone who is in film school I find collaborations like this to be the most helpful to us filmmakers to further our journey and bring us closer to making that one film that will be remembered by all. Again, thank you.

    August 17, 2013
  • Lotzof C.

    I wanted to be involve so badly but, end up in the hospital.  I had a brainstorm, "Overdose by the Doctor".  Yes, the doctor was overdosing me and almost most died.  My children would have been motherless!  Wished I had proper camera equipment to shoot and write it, at least the writing part I can accomplished.  I am newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which it was rotten eggs!  Let me know when you do this again, I would love to tell a story about my aunt with muscular dystrophy and about how she forgave a man who ran her (hold her baby in a wheelchair), killing her husband and 5 month old daughter.  She was my hero.  

    July 24, 2013
  • Michael M.

    Just posted "Cavernet" a tribute to the vampire and dedicated to Women of Horror...This MP4 video has a runtime of 3 Minutes 49 Seconds.  Please take a gander, or maybe just a sip...;)

    July 19, 2013
  • Canon

    @Gloria R. Hi Gloria. We're glad to hear you are inspired to start shooting underwater footage. We do have several waterproof case options in our line of digital cameras, and even one for our camcorders. Here is the link to our underwater photography page for more information: Happy underwater shooting!

    June 21, 2013
  • Project Imaginat10n

    @Jaz N. Hi Jaz - It's open to legal residents. Please use the Official Rules as a guide. Thanks for bringing the other line to our attention!

    June 19, 2013
  • Jaz N.

    Hi there, confused about the following thing: when you sign up it says you have to be US citizen to participate, in the contest rules it reads " The Project Imaginat10n Consumer Film Contest (the Contest), sponsored by Canon U.S.A., Inc.  (“Sponsor”) , is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 16 years of age or older as of the time of entry. " As far as I know you can legally be a resident without being a citizen. So is the contest open only to US citizens or to anybody that is a legal resident? Please clarify. Thank you.

    June 19, 2013
  • N. G.

    It worked. Much appreciated

    June 17, 2013
  • N. G.

    Great, thanks! I will try that now.

    June 17, 2013
  • Project Imaginat10n

    @N. R. Hi N.R. - the phone number field should automatically include dashes without a problem. Please note that the first number is required - the alternate is an optional field. Have you tried a different browser just to check? If you have more specific questions, please let us know at and we can stay in touch. Thanks so much.

    June 13, 2013
  • N. G.

    Hi - I'm trying to complete my registration. When I enter the 10-digit phone number, a message pops up that says no more than 10 characters can be entered. I'm guessing that also includes the dashes, but those are automatic. If I try to put in less numbers and use the additional phone # section for my number, it resets and still won't let me continue. Any way around this? Thanks

    June 13, 2013
  • Project Imaginat10n

    @Allen M. Hi Allen - when you click "+Select" in each theme's box, another box should pop up containing the 10 winning photos from each theme. Are you seeing that? You might want to try it out in a different browser if not. Thanks.

    June 13, 2013
  • Allen M.

    Is anyone else having trouble with the "my media" page? I am unable to "select" photos.  I click and nothing....Mac OS X.6.  Any help much appreciated. 

    June 13, 2013
  • Gloria R.

    Help, Help....The photos have inspired a story that I cannot stop dreaming of, however how in the world do I shoot underwater footage? lol any ideas?

    June 07, 2013
  • Project Imaginat10n

    @Bernadette V. Hi Bernadette - unfortunately, you are correct. However, we'll have a lot more opportunities for you to stay involved, even if you're not eligible for the Film Contest. Stay tuned!

    June 07, 2013
  • Bernadette V.

    Got all excited, and then realized it is only open to US citizens....shame...

    June 07, 2013
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