Movie Maniac

Upcoming film contests include ‘Project Imagination,’ ‘Down to the Wire’

Ron Howard and his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard want your imagination.

They have teamed with Canon to present “Project Imagination,” a film contest inspired by photography.

Entrants must choose one photo from each of 10 storytelling themes as inspiration. Themes include “mood,” “goal,” “backstory” and “obstacle.” Entrants will write a script based on the photos they choose. The final film must be between one and 10 minutes.

Five celebrity directors have been chosen to make films, as well. The five winning contest entries will be shown along with films directed by Eva Longoria, Biz Stone, Jamie Foxx, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy at the Canon Project Imagination Film Festival, and each winner will receive $5,000.

Past contests have been very successful, with thousands of entries submitted. To enter, go to, but hurry. The deadline to submit is Tuesday.

Film race time — CreativeRush and Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab are again teaming up to present “Down to the Wire: A 24-Hour Film Race,” to be held Aug. 9 and 10. Filmmakers will have 24 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film no longer than six minutes. Tallgrass programmers will narrow the field down to 10 films, and those will be screened Aug. 11 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Last year, 34 teams registered for the competition; 27 films ultimately were entered.

In preparation for this year’s race, CreativeRush and Tallgrass will host a production workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mindfire Academy, 3805 E. Harry. The basics of filmmaking will be covered, and questions about the race will be answered. The workshop is free.

For more information and to register to enter the race, go to

The Dude returns — Tallgrass is also prepping for its annual “Dudegrass” event, to be held Aug. 17 at Northrock Lanes.

The event costs $15 ($13 for Tallgrass members) and includes shoe rental, unlimited bowling and a screening of the Coen brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski.” There also will be a bathrobe runway show and costume contest.

New to the event this year is “Dudeart,” a T-shirt design contest co-hosted by Bluebird Arthouse. Artists are invited to submit original Lebowski-inspired artwork to be printed on T-shirts that will be available for purchase at the “Dudegrass” event.

The winning design will be chosen by a panel of local artists. The winner will receive $400 worth of prizes, including a T-shirt, poster and two TALLpasses to the Tallgrass Film Festival. The deadline for submissions is July 31.

For contest details and design requirements, go to