Prize

Want fame and fortune? That might come too but first, the winning team will receive $1000 for the option to their material, with an opportunity to have their project produced by Bazelevs Productions, the company of the celebrated producer and film director Timur Bekmambetov.

Bazelevs will look to further develop the idea and produce the project if possible. An additional agreement will be reached if the project goes into production.

Timur Bekmambetov is a Russian producer and director whose work spans genres and continents. He is the inventor of the new storytelling genre screenlife and the founder of IT startups that create software solutions for screenlife storytelling.

Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs Group, an advertising, film production, distribution and marketing company has offices in Moscow, Los Angeles, Beijing, Nicosia and Almaty. Bazelevs explores and creates new film technology, including the latest cinematic technique, screenlife. Screenlife is an innovative digital language that tells a whole narrative within the frames of a screen.

In 2015 Bekmambetov produced the cyber horror Unfriended, the narrative takes place of the laptops of several teenagers who are  stalked by an unseen figure seeking vengeance. This first screenlife film grossed more than 65 times its original budget.

Bekmambetov also produced the screenlife techno-thriller Searching starring John Cho and Debra Messing, that won numerous prizes including the NEXT Audience Award at Sundance and grossed almost US$70 million in worldwide box office.

His latest directorial project, screenlife feature Profile starring Valene Kane and Shazad Latif, is about a journalist going undercover to reveal the vast ISIS recruitment network in Western Europe.

Timur is focused on producing software solutions for screenlife storytelling, including an interactive video recording technology and post-production software solutions for creators of both feature length films and UGC digital video content. His company produces instruments for interactive videos, launching a recorder and a video editor right inside your browser. Sharing your screenlife has never been easier.  The Screenlife Recorder is a multiprong web extension tool that lets you record your browsing session and once you publish, it allows others to instantly interact with your video. Screenlife Recorder offers tools for Interactive Storytelling to create content that drives higher audience engagement with the easiest editing process ever.