Walt Disney Studios runs contest seeking filmmaker

The winner will receive $100,000 to create their own Film and have a chance to meet “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay.

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Nissan North America are launching a nationwide search for the next visionary filmmaker in celebration of the upcoming release of “A Wrinkle in Time.”

What makes this filmmaking challenge unique is that the winner will receive the financial resources to make their own film, which is one of the biggest hurdles facing aspiring filmmakers.

Aspiring directors ages 18 and up must submit a 2-minute video showcasing their journey as a filmmaker. Submissions will be judged on their unique storytelling voice, their creativity and originality and their depiction of one of the most powerful lines of dialogue in the film, “Be a Warrior.”

“Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay wrote, produced and directed her first narrative feature “I Will Follow” in 2010 on a budget of $50,000.

“I’m thrilled to stand with Nissan and Disney to launch this dynamic contest with the goal of supporting an emerging filmmaker to think big, be bold and move forward bravely,” says DuVernay. “Searching for the Next Visionary Filmmaker” will award one lucky winner $100,000 to create their own film, flights to Hollywood on JetBlue to attend the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” and an all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF. Other sponsors include W Hotels, providing the winner’s stay in Hollywood and HP, awarding an HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation to assist the winner with their filmmaking process.

Official contest rules are available at: www.AWITFilmChallenge.com.

The winner will receive $100,000 to create their own film, meet with Ava DuVernay and win a trip to Hollywood to attend the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” and a new car.

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