Sweded Movie Trailer Contest

The Mad Hatter is the head of a new movie studio in Wonderland. You are a budding, new filmmaker, and the studio wants to do a remake of a famous movie (or even a brand new movie concept). A trailer needs to be made for their promotion department, but your film trailer must have an element of “down the rabbit hole” or “Alice” or “Wonderland.” Can you be the next Spielberg or Tarantino or Tim Burton?

These are your rules:

  1. Entries are to be in the style of movie trailers (not entire movies), 1 minute to 3 minutes in length.
  2. Entries are to parody/mimic a trailer for a science fiction, fantasy, superhero, or horror movie. This is to be done without the use of professional costuming or special effects. The more low-budget, the better.
  3. All entries must be original work by person(s) submitting the entry.
  4. Entries must meet the criteria for previews approved for General Audiences.
  5. Credits are not to be on the video entered. (This is a blind judging). When submitting entries, provide all credit information in an e-mail.
  6. If an entry wins a prize, the prize will go to all individuals identified as Entrants, so be sure to specify Entrants in addition to any credit information in the submission e-mail.
  7. A panel of local experts will judge the entries before DemiCon 29. Judging will be based on entertainment value, successful parody/homage to the movie’s genre, being low- (or no-) budget, and creativity. (E.g., does the trailer make a good “advertisement” for the movie?)
  8. Judges’ Choice and Fans’ Choice are to be awarded. (Fans’ Choice will be voted on during DemiCon 29.)
  9. A maximum of three entries per person/group is permitted. All entries must be made separately.
  10. Entries must be in MP4 format. Files are to be no larger than 500 MB.
  11. Entries will be shown at DemiCon 29, possibly on the DemiCon Channel.
  12. Deadline for entries is April 10, 2018. A confirmation will be sent when the entry is received.
  13. Submit entries and any questions to Robert Uy at scrooge313@aol.com.

As with all DemiCon contests, this video contest is about having fun, trying something new in an encouraging environment, and exploring creativity. In other words, no experience necessary!

If you are not sure what a Sweded Movie Trailer would be, “Be Kind Rewind” is a good movie to see for ideas.

YouTube is also a good source for Sweded trailers. Here are two examples. First is last year’s DemiCon Sweded promo trailer. The second is the fan favorite from DemiCon 28.