RED's First Ever Film Festival Offers Its Winner a Scarlet-X Camera

If you've shot a short or feature film using any of RED's cutting edge cameras, but have been frustrated with the playback limitations that come with RED's more advanced 4K and 5K resolution, RED now offers you the golden chance to present your project the way it's meant to be seen with its first ever Shot on RED Film Festival. 

Shot on RED Film Festival Details

The free film festival happens in Hollywood, CA December 4 and 5, 2012, and according to Joe Marine of, you can submit RED projects that you've submitted to other film festivals, which is a huge help considering the tight submission window.

Submissions began Thursday, October 25, 2012 and end Friday, November 9. Finalists will be notified November 16 in two categories: 20 shorts, and 5 features. Finalist projects will be projected in 4K at the festival.

According to the Shot on RED Film Festival site, 10 shorts will be screened on December 4, and all 5 feature film finalists will be screened December 5.

Projects can be submitted in DCP, ProRes 422/444, and DNxHD formats.

If your short film is less than 15 minutes, you can upload your project to the RED's secure FTP server, the info for which is provided on the festival site. If yours is that short, you have until the deadline to upload your project.

However, if your project's longer than 15 minutes, you have less time because you'll need to save it on a USB 3.0 external drive and ship it in a self-addressed package the address provided on the site (so they can send your drive back to you after the festival is over).

All entrants must complete the email submission form provided on the site and provide a digital press kit (included in the downloadable submission package PDF).

So what's in all this for you?

The grand prize winner receives the RED Scarlet-X camera, which is valued at five figures.

All 25 finalists will receive the latest gear from the Shot on RED Film Festival sponsors, which include Adobe, Intel, HP Workstations, and AJA Video Systems.

Lastly, you're getting the chance to go to Hollywood and network with professional filmmakers and screen your RED footage in its full 4K glory.

Sounds pretty sweet for a free film festival, wouldn't you say?

If you're interested, the clock's ticking.

Again, the submission deadline is November 9, 2012, which is right around the corner, so if you've already shot something with the RED and think it's worthy, get it in. If you think you can shoot something new in time for festival, best of luck to you - I hope you make it.

However, if you're mad about the tight window and won't make it this time, don't worry - this is RED's first film fest, so it'll be back next year, which gives you plenty of time to prepare from now.

For more information, check out the news article on, the article, or go straight to the Shot on RED Film Festival site

What are your thoughts on this move on RED's part? Are you interested in participating?

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