Be a Film Producer Using Your Mobile Phone and Enter M4 Contest

Winston-Salem, NC Jan. 24, 2013 – As more and more people are exploring the full utility of their mobile devices, many are using them to make films. That’s the concept behind the second annual Mobile Media Mini Movies (M4). Capturing this idea is the film competition created by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

SECCAM4 explores the creative and expressive potential of today’s most widely owned film medium — the mobile phone. The broad availability of mobile phone cameras puts movie making in everyone’s hands — from first-timers to experienced producers alike.

In partnership with a/perture cinema, NC Piedmont Triad Film Commission and Wake Forest University’s Film Studies program and The Snob Shop, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is proud to present the M4 Competition for the second year.

The competition finale will be held at SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive, on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. SECCA is an affiliate of the N.C. Museum of Art, within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA’s mission is to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and you.

There is no charge to submit a film. Films may be uploaded to the Vimeo M4 site from March 1, 2013 until March 31, 2013.

The contest is open to anyone living in North Carolina. Films produced for the contest must be created on a mobile device such as a cell phone, mp3 player or a tablet. Participants can only submit one entry (this means a total of one film not one per category). Films can be no longer than 120 seconds in length. For a complete list of rules, please visit SECCA’s website 

Each film submission must finish with a screen shot listing the name of the entrant, a contact phone number and e-mail address. Films that do not contain this information will not be judged in the competition. (The contact information slide will not be included in the running time of the video.)

Each year, SECCA will be linking one special-theme category to exhibitions in the SECCA galleries. For this competition, the special theme is Texture and Tactility inspired by artist Jennifer West.

The categories for the 2013 M4 competition are:

1. Narrative
2. Documentary
3. Experimental
4. Special theme: Texture and Tactility.

The films will be screened by category. The screening is a family-oriented event, and films not suitable for young children may not be screened with their category but at the end of the event.

One winner will be selected in each category that will receive a one-on-one consultation and lunch on the town with a film expert from Wake Forest University, UNC School of the Arts or the film industry as a winning prize.

To assist contestants, The Snob Consignment Shop, located at 465 West End Blvd., is offering to provide props free of charge. Interested contestants should call the Snob Consignment Shop at (336) 24-2547 to make arrangements to come by the shop to pick props to use for a 24-hour period.

SECCA is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.