Cell Phone Contest 2016

2016 Women’s History Month Cell Phone Cinema Contest

Imaging Women…Like Jazz (Women’s Work)

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Cell-phone-film-imageContest Resources

Full Video Contest Rules and Parental Consent Form 2016

Online Contest Submission Form

Video Contest Rubric 2016

How To Make a Film With Your Cell Phone How To’s!  ***NEW***

Please read to the bottom of the page for directions!

The purpose of this contest is to encourage international students ages 16 – 25 to think deeply about the significance of Women’s History Month, as well as to challenge young people who are interested in careers in the film industry to perfect their skill set.  “Like Jazz,” the theme of our 2016 Women’s History Month Film Festival focuses on the literal significance of jazz as it affects women; “Like Jazz” is also used as a metaphor for women’s work.  Many of the descriptors used when discussing jazz, ie.: spontaneous, improvisational, driving, inspirational, soothing, challenging, etc., can also be used to describe the work women have done through the ages.

Newark, New Jersey has historically been recognized as the home of outstanding women jazz artists. From Sarah Vaughn, to Miss Rhapsody (Viola Gertrude Wells), to Connie Francis, to Gloria Coleman to Rhoda Scott, Newark holds a rich history of woman’s contribution to the music called jazz. With this in mind, this year’s contest encourages submissions that focus on:

  • Women’s Work;
  • Women in jazz, particularly women who either lived or performed in Newark, NJ;
  • The exploration of human rights issues affecting women;
  • The development of strategies to raise the status of women both locally and globally; and/ or
  • The eradication of gender based violence against women.

 This contest is open to students  worldwide.

 To enter the contest students must use their cell phones to create a three (3) to seven (7) minute film which illustrates how the above mention themes can be exemplified in the lives of women.   Films will be edited using conventional methodologies. A link is provided at the top of this webpage for contest submissions.

A panel of judges, including the “Father” of Cell Phone Cinema, NYU’s Professor Karl Bardosh, and internationally recognized photographer Chi Modu, will select the winning films based on pre-selected criteria (please refer to the rubric on the contest webpage). There will be cash prizes… 1st place – $200 (USD) 2nd place $100 (USD) and 3rd place $50 (USD). The winning films will be screened at the Women’s History Month Film Festival on either March 30, April 1 or 2, 2016, and will be placed on www.wim-n.com. 

Steps for entering the contest:

1. Download and read the contest rules (If you are under the age of 18 have your parent sign the Parental Consent form, and give it to your faculty sponsor to store.  If you are the winner we will ask for it to be submitted to us.);

2.  Review the Rubric to ensure that you understand what it takes to win this contest!

3.  Write a script and use your cellphone to shoot the video. Edit the film using traditional editing software.

4. Upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo and complete the Online Contest Submission Form.

 Imaging Women…Resilience – 2015 Cell Phone Cinema Contest Winner!

The Grand Prize winner of Women In Media – Newark’s 2015 Cell Phone Cinema Contest is “Keep In Mind” by Laura Aguera Santiaga and Ana Garcia Garcia of Murcia Spain. We congratulate the filmmakers on their wonderful work in presenting a narrative film that depicts the resilience of a woman in the face of domestic abuse.

 Cell Phone Cinema Contest Judges

Nadine Abrams

Dr. Ousseina Alidou

Khaleel Atiyyeah

Professor Karl Bartosh

Jerome and Mary Lou BonGiorno

Cephas Bowles

Linda Carmona-Bell

Renee Carter-Thomas

Linda Epps

Dr. Cheryl Hardy

Bill May

Chi Modu

Karen Moore

Don Viapree

Karen Warner

Please call 973-996-8342 for questions!

This contest is presented by Women In Media-Newark in Partnership with the Office of University-Community Partnerships, and the Center for African Studies, Rutgers University, with support from Rutgers Center for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Center)