Don’t let your film students miss the chance at winning $20,000 in equipment rental and production services — the kind of quality help they need to get their picture made. Aspiring filmmakers simply submit a three-minute movie pitch at — it can be a trailer, scene test or a person pitching from his or her couch. Be creative. Explain your story. But don’t forget to include why Montana is the ideal location for the movie.

Remember, our panel of Hollywood judges will review all finalists! Entering is great exposure.

Find full details on prize package, rules and judges at

Note: Student submissions made with funding from a university or other institution are welcome, but if the school or institution holds the rights to the project, students will need permission for entry. Group submissions (pitches submitted with more than one filmmaker) are likewise welcome, though each individual filmmaker must give permission for entry.

For questions or additional information, feel free to contact Lori Warden or Suzanne Elfstrom at the information below.

Thank you, Lori Warden on behalf of the Montana Film Office


Video Competition for Students - $1000 cash prize

I wanted to extend an invitation to your students to participate in a National Music Video Competition. There will be a $1000 cash prize to the team that produces the best 4 minute video for jazz artist Spero’s new single entitled "Hills". A panel of renowned film and music professionals will judge the submissions, and the winner's work will be premiered at the album release show in Chicago on December 16, 2011. This is an opportunity for students and professionals alike to receive both the $1000 prize and valuable feedback from top industry professionals. The winning production will become the official video for the single "Hills", and will forever be a part of Spero's growing success.

Students can view details at the following address:

Please give your students the opportunity to participate by forwarding this information to them.

We would like to send you fliers to post and distribute to students to publicize this event.  If your students are interested, please reply with a mailing address where we can send them. Also, if you have any questions, please contact Paul Brisske, who is managing the details of the competition, at 708-502-4348, or by email at

We really appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to extend this opportunity to your students.

Paul W. Brisske
Spero Music