AT&T Create-a-thon - Chicago

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222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza

Suite 1212

Chicago, IL 60654

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Do you love film? Do you have a story to tell?

If so, we want to see you in action. The AT&T Mobility & Entertainment is inviting you to join us and make a short film. We're looking for creative thinkers and doers like you to join us at this special film-making event in Chicago. All skill levels are welcome! We need a wide variety of skills and ideas to create the best films possible.

At AT&T, we have adopted a progressive approach to innovation - one that embraces openness and encourages collaboration between entrepreneurs, professionals, hobbyists and beginners of all genders and backgrounds. We believe that working together as a community provides a critical spark that enhances creativity and creates something awesome.

Hang out with us as we create films, eat snacks, learn from the community and meet new people who share your passions. On Sunday at 4pm we will screen the films for a panel of expert judges.

Who Should Come

You can form a team before the event or come on your own, meet people and form a team onsite. Whether you want to write it, record it or star in it, you are welcome to join us!

  • Writers and Storytellers
  • Directors & Actors
  • Videographers & Composers
  • Fun Loving Individuals

You Bring...

Your camera, laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team-focused mindset and/or team-up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+. Whether you are a director, writer, actor, project manager or just interested in film, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your skills are needed.

We Supply...

Although we encourage participants and teams to use the equipment of their choice we will have a limited amount of filming equipment available for teams to borrow over the course of the weekend.

Event Schedule

  • Day 1
    • 5:30PM - Doors Open for networking
    • 6:00PM - Dinner
    • 7:00PM - Event kickoff
    • 7:30PM - Team formation and idea iteration
    • 8:00PM - Equipment loaning
    • 9:00PM - Team registration (link provided onsite)
    • 11:00PM - VENUE CLOSES
  • Day 2
    • Go out and film on location!
    • Be sure to check in with the event team via social media and text
  • Day 3
    • 12:00PM - Venue Opens
    • 1:00PM - Lunch
    • 03:00PM - FILM FREEZE! All films must be submitted by 3PM to be included in the final presentations.
    • 04:00PM - All films will be screened and each team given 60 seconds to speak about their project.
    • 06:30PM - Winners are announced!


The following prizes will be awarded to the top teams as selected by the judges and split between team members:

  • Best Film/Video Overall:
    • Grand Prize - $1,000 in Amazon gift cards for the team to split
    • 2nd Place - $500 in Amazon gift cards for the team to split
    • 3rd Place - $250 in Amazon gift cards for the team to split
  • Best Use of Emerging Technology:
    • 1st Place - $500 in Amazon gift cards for the team to split

Judging Criteria

Films will be judged based on the criteria below.

  • Entertainment Value
  • Characterization
  • Production value and cinematography

Film Requirements

There is NO FEE for submitting a film to this Competition

Only original works are accepted. Submitting parties must hold complete ownership and rights of submitted product.

All films must be shorter than 5 minutes in duration (including credits and titles).

AT&T Create-a-thon Legal

AT&T Create-a-thon terms:

Sample release forms for teams to use. Please be aware that these forms do not constitute legal guidance.

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