InFAMOUS: Second Son Video Competition Promises $16,000 in Prizes; Grants Available to Cover Costs

on December 16, 2013 7:21 PM

Filmmakers community MOFILM just announced and opened a video contest tied to the upcoming launch of inFAMOUS: Second Son on March the 21st.

The competition is open to filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers over 16 years of age that want to put their skills to test. Participation to the contest is completely free and doesn’t require any purchase. There’s also no location restriction and entries will be accepted from all over the world.

Here’s an excerpt from the official brief describing the theme of the competition:

Make a film that brings to life the following idea for Second Son: If you were a superhuman, what would your power be and how would you enjoy it?

This is the moment to dive into your imagination, rediscover the superhuman in you and to bring him or her to life. You do not need to use in-game characters or powers. You are free to make up your own powers. So get creative about what your power would be and how you would use it. Maybe you would want to fly through train tunnels? Blow up cars? Swim in canals? Stride over buildings?

Because the game has an urban setting, your powers have to be relevant to a city. Think smoke not fire, electricity not lightning. In addition to this, your powers cannot be
magical or fantasy.

Remember the brief is about Superhumans (Heroes/Chronicle), not Superheroes (Superman/Thor). Superheroes are always good while Superhumans have choice. As a Superhuman, your powers do not obligate you to any moral code. It’s up to you to determine how you use them to impact the story as it unfolds.

Winners will be selected directly by Sony, and the prize pool available for the contest is $16,000, with $8,000 (and a trip to the location where the awards ceremony will be held) granted to the best clip. $4,000 to the second ranker, $2,000 for the third, and $1,000 for 4th and 5th.

In addition to the prizes further payments will be provided if Sony decides to air the clip for promotional purposes on TV or in theaters, in which case the main actors will also be paid for their work.

Grants are also available to help small teams in covering the costs, and how to apply for them can be found in the FAQ. You can find the competition itself here, while the official brief can be downloaded here (requires registration and login).

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.