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Crazys8s Film Competition

8 day filmmaking challenge providing funding and support to emerging filmmakers to help them produce a short film

Crazy8s is an 8 day filmmaking challenge that provides funding and support to emerging filmmakers to help them produce a short film.  Crazy8s is run by the Crazy8s Film Society, a not-for-profit society. It was created to foster support for emerging filmmakers who have little or no access to funding for short films.

How Crazy8s Works

  • Aspiring filmmakers are invited to present their short film idea in a 3-minute video. Every year over one hundred teams apply.
  • 40 semi-finalists are chosen to pitch in person to a jury of industry professionals.
  • 12 finalists workshop their script with a professional story editor.
  • 6 winners receive $1,000 and a production package provided by sponsors in the local production community with everything they need to make their short film in just 8 days.
  • Finished films are screened at a gala event to the who’s who of the Vancouver film industry.

It’s fast! It’s fun! It’s Crazy!

Crazy8s Film Society believes in equality, diversity and community. The Program welcomes contributions from all and is not limited to people of varied age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, and religious views.

Since 1999, Crazy8s has given opportunities to 127 directors and their teams of writers, producers, cast cinematographers, art directors, editors, composers, and crew, to produce fully funded, professional short films, and present them to an audience of film and television industry professionals in Vancouver, crew, supporters and short film lovers.

The films then travel the globe winning awards at multiple festivals. become the place to discover new talent, provide valuable on set training, and give opportunities for filmmakers to create work that can be used to launch their careers in the film industry.

Including crew and performers, Crazy8s has provided working opportunities for over 3,500 people in the last 22 years.  Crazy8s alumni have since gone on to have vibrant careers in the film industry. In addition to supporting directors, Crazy8s has provided opportunities for producers, writers, performers, cinematographers, editors, and a host of other crew members who also gain valuable experience and build working relationships that often continue for many years to come.

Over the past 22 years, approximately 23,000 people have attended Crazy8s screenings, and the films have appeared in over 475 international film festivals with many being broadcast on national television.

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