HBFF Presents PROJECT STARGAZER  – Developing Diverse Sci-Fi Movies for the 21st Century

Since the beginning of time, people have turned their eyes towards the heavens –- the sun, moon and stars — for inspiration and the hope of a brighter future with unlimited possibilities. Since the advent of motion pictures, audiences similarly have looked to Hollywood stars and larger-than-life films & TV shows to transport them to worlds that sometimes can only be imagined. The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) plays an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers with fresh voices by bringing them to the attention of the entertainment industry, media and the public. NASA leads the way in discovering the world and universe in which we live, inspiring, educating and innovating in all realms of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in its endeavor to better all lives on planet Earth. HBFF and NASA will provide writers and emerging filmmakers from diverse communities with new resources to tell science fiction stories that capture science facts resulting from NASA science missions. (Read the NASA press release)   What is Project Stargazer? Created to encourage and support creative, multicultural works in the science fiction genre, Project Stargazer is a competition for screenwriters and filmmakers to pitch a sci- fi story idea incorporating NASA themed science facts as plot elements.  We’re looking for ideas and stories that can be developed into scripts, and ultimately films that captivate broad audiences as well as inspire future generations of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) enthusiasts. Your project may incorporate future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, paranormal abilities, infinity, immortality, what is human, time, space, consciousness, etc.  It’s up to you. The goal of Project Stargazer is to identify great science fiction story ideas and encourage emerging visionary screenwriting talent from diverse communities.  We’re looking for strong and thoughtful stories that force the viewer to question reality; that explore reality and our perception of it; and that challenge us with the mystery of the mind and the universe.   How Project Stargazer Works Project Stargazer is open to all citizens of the United States who write or co-write the submission material. Writing partners are eligible to submit as a team. Anyone from first-time screenwriters and filmmakers to seasoned professionals can submit their story idea to Project Stargazer. Submissions must include:
  1. A logline (1 to 2 sentences)
  2. A synopsis (no longer than 1 page)
  3. A treatment (from 5 to 40 pages)
  4. An artistic statement describing your creative vision for the project (1 to 2 pages)
  5. Main characters must represent the diverse panorama of the 21st century.
  6. Submission must also clearly be science fiction or science fact which may include ‘NASA themed’ subject matter. You can find out about NASA technology at: http://www.nasa.gov , http://www.youtube.com/user/NASAexplorer or http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/featured_tech.shtm .
Completed scripts are not required.  Multiple submissions are permitted; however, each submission must be done separately with its own fee.  A panel of judges from the entertainment industry and scientific community will score submissions based on originality, story idea, diversity of main characters, tone, visual style, marketability and use of space science (i.e. astrophysics, aeronautics, planetary). At HBFF 2013, the semi-finalist Stargazers will participate in an intensive workshop that includes individual one-on-one meetings and master classes with top industry writers, directors, producers and science/technology consultants to assist in the further development of the Stargazer projects. Each Stargazer will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a panel of judges who will select Stargazer finalists to participate in the 2014 Project Stargazer Lab.  Finalists will be announced at the HBFF 2013 Closing Night Ceremony.   2014 Project Stargazer Lab The Project Stargazer Lab provides the Stargazer finalists with the opportunity to work on creatively advancing their projects from script to screen.  Each Stargazer will be paired with mentors from the entertainment industry and NASA scientists and engineers to advise them on scientific subject matters. The Lab is designed to nurture the Stargazer finalists with project-specific support in an environment that encourages innovation. Lab participants will receive a financial grant to use towards the development, production, post-production, or marketing of their film project as well as a custom business plan, custom film budget and a software suite of producer production tools.   PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH WITHOUTABOX (WWW.WITHOUTABOX). Festival Dates: October 2-6, 2013 Call for Entries: April 1, 2013 Regular Deadline: June 16, 2013                          Fee: $30/$25 with WAB discount Late Deadline: July 1, 2013                                  Fee: $30/$25 with WAB discount
WAB Extended Deadline: July 8, 2013                Fee: $30/$25 with WAB discount
  Notification Dates: ■     Semi-finalists: August 19, 2013 ■     Finalists: Announced onstage at the HBFF 2013 Closing Night festivities   Please read the Project Stargazer FAQ’s for complete details before submitting.   By submitting your materials to HBFF, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree with all of the Rules, Regulations, Terms, and Conditions of Project Stargazer.     Hollywood Black Film Festival prefers online entries submitted via Withoutabox.com, which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Withoutabox’’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions. Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools. There’s no extra cost to you, and by submitting, you’’ll join Withoutabox’’s global filmmaker community and stay in the loop about international exhibition opportunities. Click to submit today!