AGBO today announced that its second annual film competition, No Sleep ’til Film Fest, inviting filmmakers from around the world to make a short film in just 48 hours, will run from April 29 to May 1.
The free virtual festival reflects the independent film and TV production company’s ongoing commitment to championing new creators, encouraging participants to make short films of three minutes or less for a chance to win prizes and mentorship. . This year’s creative prompt will be posted online April 29 at 5:00 PM PT, with filmmakers then having two days to create and submit their films. The winners will be announced on June 8.
Three winners will be selected by a judging panel including AGBO co-founders Anthony Russo, Joe Russo and Mike Larocca, Story co-presidents Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and Creative president Angela Russo-Otstot, along with best films then in preview on AGBO’s social networks.
The first place winner will receive a RED Komodo starter pack, as well as an Aputure LS 1200d Pro and Nova P600c light, GoPro’s HERO10 Black Creator Edition camera, a Microsoft Surface Pro 8, and a copy of Final Draft 12 Screenwriting Software. The two finalists will receive an LS 600d Pro, along with Aputure’s F10 Fresnel, F10 Barn Doors, and Light Dome 150, GoPro’s HERO10 Black Creator Edition camera, a Microsoft Surface Pro 8, and a copy of Final Draft 12, all three winners joining the AGBO Storytellers Collective, a network of alumni from other AGBO scholarship programs.
This year, for the first time, the Collective will also be involved in the judging of films, with AGBO also introducing a Storytellers Collective Award for members of the existing collective to select a winning filmmaker who will also join the alumni network.
The first edition of No Sleep ’til Film Fest received over 700 submissions from filmmakers from over 60 countries. Winners included Good daydirected by Kali Davis; Pineapple, directed by Stephen Ford; and My houseby Adam Dumagin.
AGBO recently produced A24’s acclaimed film Everything everywhere all at once, directed by Daniels and starring Michelle Yeoh; and heartbreaking drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland, directed by the Russo Brothers, co-written by Russo-Otsot and streaming on Apple TV+. Upcoming projects include the Netflix action thriller The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Bridgerton the Regé-Jean Page breakout and more, which the Russos also run; the action-packed event series Citadel, produced with Amazon Studios, which stars Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden; and Extraction 2directed by Sam Hargrave and starring Chris Hemsworth.