The cross-section between sports and filmmaking has seen a huge rise over the last few years with seemingly everyone getting involved. But NBC is about ready to take it to a level we haven’t seen before.
NBC Sports is announcing that it is launching a sports film contest open to all levels called CPTR’D (Captured). The details are as follows, but the headlines are that the winner will receive a cool $10,000 and see their film aired on NBCSN.
The documentaries have to fit a couple criteria: 1) They have to run ten minutes or less on any sports topic. 2) The entries can be submitted between November 9 and January 12 and have to include originally shot footage. All the rules of the contest can be found at this link.
Five finalists will be announced on February 4, 2016, and will be flown to Austin to attend a watch party. The finalist will be determined by a group of panelists, but visitors will be able to vote for their favorite submissions via the CPTR’D web site. This seems like a sports version of American Idol (without the always inebriated Paula Abdul) .
This is an excellent opportunity for film makers to get exposure. Some of the greatest sports stories of all time go beyond the actual game. For NBC to give so many the platform to tell a unique story with a fresh vision is exciting. We’re bound to wind up with some excellent footage.