A Spotlight on Talent: AT&T’s SHAPE, Film Awards, and Create-a-thon



AT&T SHAPE is an annual weekend event that brings pioneering tech and entertainment professionals to Warner Bros. Studios for programming open to content-creators at all levels, as well as the general public.

This year’s expo in early June featured a fascinating variety of speakerspresentations, exhibits, studio tours, and challenges designed to offer an interactive forum for networking, collaboration, and cutting-edge fun.

Submittable partnered with AT&T to facilitate submissions for two of its competitions: the AT&T Film Awards, focused in this fourth iteration on emerging, underrepresented creators, and Create-a-thon, in which competitors create a short film during SHAPE weekend shot either on mobile or IBM Watson Media Tools.

Film Award winners were officially announced at SHAPE and you can find out more about them below. Create-a-thon winners will be determined by public online voting—check out the contestants and cast your vote beginning today (June 22) here.

At SHAPE, David Christopher, president of AT&T Mobility and Entertainment, and Ava DuVernay, writer, director, and producer, awarded $85,000 total to 7 films, with an unprecedented 3-way tie for first place in the Emerging Filmmaker group. These three winners (Jonah AnsellBola Ogun, and Cameo Wood) received $20,000 each.

Awards were also given in the following categories: Underrepresented Filmmaker (Andrea Vicunia), Shot on Mobile (Sung In Sohn and Ahmed Abu Talib), 360 Cinematic Video (the team for My Africa), and CGI/Animated (Ninaad Kulkarni).

Congratulations to the filmmakers, participants and attendees for SHAPE, and to AT&T for promoting innovative talent in entertainment and technology.

Using the Submittable platform and marketing services, AT&T received over 1,500 hundred entries for the awards. Let us help your opportunity receive a high volume of quality submissions—be in touch with the sales team for a demo or to connect with Submittable’s marketing specialists.

*Photo courtesy of AT&T, sourced here

Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell is a content creator and strategist for Submittable's Marketing and Product Teams. She also writes and teaches poetry. You can find Rachel's creative work here: rachelmindell.com