Thousands in Cash Prizes, Exclusive Sony Pictures Classics Internship, Film Equipment and More

RED BANK, NJ - PROJECT FX 2017, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film competition presented by Bank of America, is live at www.projectFXbasie.com. Starting now, students enrolled at any New Jersey high school or college can visit the site to learn about entering the competition, with an internship experience with Sony Pictures Classics, a high-end Sony camera and $1,000 cash at stake as the contest's grand prize.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Count Basie Theatre will proudly host the daylong PROJECT FX Festival, which will include workshops with film industry professionals, plus a showcase of the top vote getters in both the high school and college categories.

“PROJECT FX consistently finds the best new talent from high schools and colleges across New Jersey.” said Tom Bernard, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics. “I’m looking forward to seeing the entries this year.” 

“Project FX is a unique festival that offers some of the most talented young individuals in our state the unparalleled opportunity to showcase their work and learn from the finest in the film industry,” said Bob Doherty, New Jersey president, Bank of America. “The arts help enrich our communities and Bank of America is committed to the arts both nationally and locally. We are proud of our relationship with The Count Basie Theater and its Project FX competition which positively impacts New Jersey youth.”

PROJECT FX is open to students enrolled in any New Jersey high school or college as of September 1, 2016. Students now have until Sunday, February 5th to enter their films, which will then be judged upon by a panel of regional and industry-wide experts. Last year’s PROJECT FX competition and festival attracted more than 80 high school and college applicants from throughout the state. Last year’s finalists are viewable at http://www.countbasietheatre.org/pfxpastfinalists.asp.

Entries into the PROJECT FX 2017 competition are limited to ten minutes, and must have been produced no earlier than January 2015 by students then and presently enrolled full-time in any New Jersey high school or college institution. Interested students will upload their films to either YouTube.com or Vimeo.com, and then fill out the official festival entry form at www.projectFXbasie.com. A $25 non-refundable fee is required to enter the competition, and films previously entered for PROJECT FX consideration are not eligible.

From there, a subcommittee and cast of master adjudicators will critique entries using a point system to rate each film’s storyline, cinematography, technical aspects, sound and editing. In February, the ten highest vote-getters in both the high school and college categories will be posted on the PROJECT FX Facebook page at www.facebook.com/projectFXbasie, where a separate tally of “Likes” and “Shares” will also factor into final scoring.

Full competition rules, regulations, prerequisites and scoring guidelines can be found at www.projectfxbasie.com. Details on the March 18th onsite festival and workshops / panels will be released closer to that date.

TIMELINE:

ENRY & SUBMISSION PERIOD - **NEW DATE**

NOW – FEBRUARY 5TH, 2017 AT 11:59PM: ENTER & SUBMIT AT PROJECTFXBASIE.COM

 

FEBRUARY 2017:

TOP TEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED, POSTED ON OFFICIAL PROJECTFX FACEBOOK PAGE

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017:

PROJECT FX FESTIVAL AT THE COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK

SCREENING OF TOP TEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SUBMISSIONS

ONSITE VOTE

WORKSHOPS / Q&A PANELS WITH INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

AWARDS CEREMONY

For more information about the Count Basie Theatre’s PROJECT FX 2017 or other theatre events, contact Jonathan Vena at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..