AT&T Film Awards Competition Seeks Rising Creators

Aspiring filmmakers and up-and-coming creators can submit their undiscovered short films until April 15.

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Lights, Camera, Action! Eager to show the world your talent? We want to see you bring your film to life!

Until April 15, up-and-coming creators can submit their undiscovered short films to the 4th edition of the AT&T Film Awards.

The AT&T Film Awards is open to aspiring U.S. filmmakers, ages 18 and over. To date, over 1,900 films have been submitted to the program focused on celebrating aspiring filmmakers.

Filmmakers can enter 1 of 5 categories:

  • Best Short: Emerging Filmmakers
  • Best Short: Underrepresented Filmmaker
  • Best Short: Shot on Mobile
  • Best Short: 360° Cinematic Video
  • Best Short: CGI/Animation

Participants will compete for a share of more than $60,000 in prizes, including:

  • Grand prize of $20,000 to the Best Film from an Emerging Filmmaker
  • $10,000 to the Best Film from an Underrepresented Creator
  • $5,000 to the winners of the Shot on Mobile, 360 Cinematic Video, and CGI/Animated categories
  • Finalists will win a trip to the finals at Warner Bros. Studios including air/hotel
  • Meet with AT&T execs and acclaimed director co-host

Judges from AT&T will review the entries. Then, this summer at SHAPE, we'll screen the finalists' films, give the audience the opportunity to vote on the winner in the Emerging Filmmaker category, and announce the winners of all categories. SHAPE, held at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, is an immersive event exploring the convergence of technology and entertainment.

This is one of several film competitions we host throughout the year to support rising creators. Others include AT&T Presents: Untold Stories and Create-a-thon contests across the country.

Watch winning films from the latest edition of the AT&T Film Awards and enter the AT&T Films Awards here.

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Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and the U.S. Air Force Academy are working together on networking services and advanced technology capabilities. They entered a 5-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) aimed at boosting the Air Force's use of modern technology at a pace more like the commercial sector.

"Networking is a platform for innovation and mission support," said Lt. Col. Michael Chiaramonte, director of Air Force CyberWorx at the Air Force Academy. "With access to AT&T's resources, we plan to advance our academic and research objectives. By leveraging public-private partnerships with AT&T and our other industry partners, we improve our understanding and use of technology and, ultimately, improve the Air Force's mission capabilities."

The collaboration aims to:

  • Offer knowledge and commercial best practices of cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and other AT&T-led innovations for the Air Force Academy faculty. Such innovations include Smart Base solutions, software-defined networking and 5G.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations for Academy cadets.
  • Ensure AT&T has greater insight into the vision and technology needs of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Explore opportunities beyond academic interests.

"Our work with the U.S. Air Force Academy will be much like an action-oriented academic 'think tank.' We're here to help the Air Force keep pace with commercial innovation and pinpoint their current and future technology needs," said Rocky Thurston, Client Executive VP, AT&T Public Sector.

Part of the Air Force's larger mission

Partnerships fuel the Academy research program. There are 19 centers and 2 institutes, as well as cadets, faculty and industry all working together for the benefit of tomorrow's Air Force. CyberWorx was established in 2016 as a public-private design center focused on cyber capability. It combines Air Force, academic and industry expertise with state of the art technology and innovative thinking to solve operational problems.

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