Dekkoo understands the hardship the COVID-19 pandemic has put on you. To help creators, Dekkoo is launching a one-week short film challenge. You could win a cut of $10,000.00 in prizes! Interested? Read on!
THE THEME: LOVE AND DISTANCE
Dating from a distance. Home alone and loving it. Dealing with romance and heartbreak while social distancing. Far-away flirting.
The pandemic has put a spotlight on our relationships with others and ourselves. What do relationships in the time of quarantine look like? How do they function? Shoot and submit a 5-minute maximum length short film telling a story from a Queer perspective that deals with LOVE AND DISTANCE. It can be funny, sad, romantic, sexy – anything.
The Dekkoo Jury Award – One film will be selected. The winning film will be decided by the Dekkoo staff based on artistic merit. The winner will receive a cash award of$2500.00 and the opportunity to direct a Dekkoo-original short film with a production budget of $5000.00.
Audience Favorites – Four films will be selected. The four films that receive the most comments on that films page on Dekkoo.com will win $1000.00 each! Filmmakers are encouraged to ask fans to comment often!
Voting will be tallied through May 18th. Winners will be announced May 20th.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM
Submissions must be no more than 5-minutes in length and submitted via Dekkoo’s Dropbox Folder or a password-protected URL between Monday, May 4 and Sunday, May 10, 2020. All submissions are due no later than Sunday, May 10 at 11:59pm Eastern.
All films should be 1920×1080 or higher, H.264, preferably no vertical video. All submissions uploaded to Dropbox should be clearly labeled with the film title and director (ex: Avengers_Whedon.mp4)
All films should be in English or have English subtitles.
It is FREE to submit your film. There is no entrance fee! As an added bonus, all filmmakers who submit a film to the challenge (as long as it is accepted by Dekkoo) will receive a free 6-month Dekkoo-subscription.
Entrants must abide by laws and guidelines concerning quarantine and self-isolation according to their local regulations.
Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via the Dekkoo Dropbox Folder or a password-protected streaming URL.
If you change the password or link after submitting, you must email Dekkoo at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately with that change so we may update accordingly. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.
If a film is accepted, the filmmaker agrees to allow Dekkoo to edit beginning and/or ending credits down for the purpose of time as well as use film footage and audio for promotional purposes.
The submitter must be entitled to submit the film and the legal rights to screen it.
Submission does not guarantee acceptance. Dekkoo will review all submissions and the submitter will be notified if the film has been approved. Submitter will then be required to sign a Dekkoo Licensing Agreement before the Submission is accepted.
By submitting your film you agree to grant Dekkoo exclusive streaming rights to the film for a period of three (3) months. Winners agree to grant Dekkoo exclusive streaming rights to the film for a period of three (3) years.
Dekkoo reserves the right to use stills and images for promotional or press needs.
Films must be original work. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights.
We just want to say this clearly, one more time, MUSIC MUST BE ORIGINAL or you must have express consent to use the music in your film.
Dekkoo expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.
“Nick Neon’s ZERO ONE announces the arrival of a new talent with style and flair!” -Films Gone Wild
“Shot with a bombardment of pink, blue and purple hues, the film’s cinematography, onscreen captions and editing style make it feel utterly crisp, modern and fresh.” -The Sprout UK
“An involving and committed film. 4 out of 5 stars.” -Big Gay Picture Show
When Jimmy Park (writer-director-star Nick Neon) visits home for the first time in years, he’s forced to make peace with the ghost of who he could have been. Winner of three Best Short Film Awards and nominated for the prestigious Iris Prize, the stunning new short film Zero One is a direct sequel to the award-winning short film, Ultra Bleu (also available now on Dekkoo).
Check out the official music video for Zero One from Love X Stereo below. This film – and Ultra Bleu – are available to stream right now.
Directed by Adam Reeves, My Brother’s Shoes is a fish-out-of-water zany comedy that borders on fantasy and reality.
Dallas, portrayed by country singer Peter Stringfellow, is a successful executive with a beautiful wife (Gretta Sosine) and a lovely home. He has dreams of having a family and leading a rich, conservative life. Austin (Jacob Ellis) is his younger gay brother who is always in trouble financially and romantically. He has dreams of winning first place in the local drag queen contest and then using the money to start a new life.
Each brother thinks the other “has it so good” and wishes that they could experience what the other one’s life is really like. By a strange twist of fate, they switch places. The world around them sees no difference but Dallas and Austin realize they have been switched.
Now Austin must handle the office for Dallas as Dallas spends the day getting ready for the upcoming drag contest with the help of Austin’s sidekick, Jackie. The hilarity reaches new heights as evening comes and Austin goes home to Dallas’s wife Katelyn, who is ready to start making a family with him. Dallas goes to the theater to perform on stage in drag and win for Austin! How far will they go?
From writer-director Kevin James Thornton, ‘Stranger Hearts’ is a thoughtful, sexy and deeply heartfelt new series following three queer characters of wildly different backgrounds. First, there is Andre, a shy young African-American man struggling with his sexual identity. When his mother finds a stack of gay porn hiding in his closet, the truth starts inching ever closer to the surface. Then there is Luka, a gender non-conforming photographer who has fallen on hard financial times. In need of a steady job, Luka decides to dip their toe into the potentially risky world of online escorting. Lastly, there is Billy, a smooth-taking media mogul who finds his life turned upside down when he’s diagnosed with an incurable heart disease. While waiting for a transplant, he begins reevaluating his life and learning to appreciate the people closest to him. Though they don’t know it, all three of these disparate characters are soon to be connected – through fate, work, family, love… and donuts.
Sort of like The Odd Couple with the fast-paced sensibility of 30 Rock, the sexy and hilarious series Bad Boy – which has four brand-new episodes available now on Dekkoo – explores the dynamic between Mack (Tony Harth), a young, dumb-ish “bad boy” with a crazy past, and Scott (Artie O’Daly), a straight-laced man Mack has chosen to adopt as his “Daddy”… much to Scott’s frustration.
Both characters are gay (Artie is in real life; Tony, sadly, is not) and gay themes and undertones are woven into the comedy. Plus, there is a hell of a twist in store.
After releasing the first episode online, Bad Boy garnered hundreds of thousands of views. With limited resources, the creative team behind the show set out to complete what were clearly in-demand new episodes.
The lead actors originally met doing a play in Los Angeles. Artie, who also directs the series, is a prolific actor who has been on shows such as “Modern Family”, “Silicon Valley”, “The Big Bang Theory,” “General Hospital,” and the new, wildly acclaimed sketch series “I Think You Should Leave.” He also co-created the web series Successful People (which you can also watch now on Dekkoo).
Tony is a recent arrival to L.A. from the state of Wisconsin and has already appeared in multiple commercials and sketches. Together, they made Bad Boy, which took on a life of its own. Now they’re chasing it wherever it goes!
The first eight short episodes are all available now on Dekkoo!
Writer-director Isabella Walsh shows the bittersweet demise of one relationship and the blossoming of a brand-new love her short film Hold My Hand.
Billy (Jordi Rea) is a nerdy-cute young straight guy who pops into the ‘Maid of Ink’ tattoo parlor with his girlfriend Meredith (Morgan McKenzie Moore). Once there, he quickly and quietly becomes enamored of Oscar (Ryan Farrell), the a confident young tattoo artist. Despite his “deathly fear of needles” he returns later, requesting a tattoo – any tattoo – in order to spend some quality alone-time with Oscar and figure out what’s really going on with these sudden urges.
Jumping back and forth in time, using fragmented story-telling to her advantage, Walsh manages to keep the tension running high in Hold My Hand. The film almost plays out like a mystery, showing us hints of trouble in Billy and Meredith’s relationship before we have the full picture of what has pulled them in different directions.
Walsh is also able to make the act of getting a tattoo highly erotic. With simple shots of wrist-holding and knees nearly touching, the sexual tension between Billy and Oscar becomes palpable without ever getting graphic.
Theo and Frank are on the run from the British Navy in the early 1800’s. They hide in the grounds of an abandoned country house and discover it’s more than the living they’re running from. ‘The Secret Path’ is available now on Dekkoo!
Coming next week: “A powerful dramatization of a passionate gay affair.” — Queerty.com
“Queer filmmaker Jordan Firstman’s hilarious new short is a brutally honest glimpse at a queer romance.” – Out Magazine
Usually a reserved guy, Greg (Craig Chester of Swoon, Adam & Steve and Kill Your Darlings) struggles to keep up with young, unpredictable Josh (writer-director Jordan Firstman) on their first date. But as the night continues, things spiral out of control and the two men must confront the generational divide in this cutting and insightful comedy about what it means to be gay in contemporary America.
A charming, funny and insightful 20-minute short film, Call Your Father was a huge hit at film festivals all around the country. You can watch it right now on Dekkoo.
“A timely documentary during the ongoing gun control debate, this is recommended.” – Video Librarian
“Sometimes the hardest conversations that we must have are the ones that bring about the most change. 49 Pulses is a film that starts these conversations and at the same time honors all those affected by the Pulse Nightclub shooting.” – IndiePicks
We all remember it.
On June 12, 2016 a gunman walked into a crowded nightclub in Orlando, Florida and shot 102 people, murdering 49 of them.
At 2:00 am that night, the Pulse nightclub was winding down its weekly Latino night. The building was dark, crowded, and loud. Patrons were making plans to leave when they were ambushed by a gunman, who began firing in every direction. Customers tried to escape, but the killer followed. For the next three hours, the gunman terrorized victims while playing a “cat and mouse” game with the police.
We all felt for the victims and their families.
One person in particular who was also deeply affected was acclaimed filmmaker Charlie Minn. With his new film 49 Pulses, Charlie tries to answer several questions that remain unanswered to this day. Why did the perpetrator choose Pulse night club? Why did it take over three hours for police to stop the shooter? What are the survivors feeling today?
Minn interviews survivors, police, family members and city officials to try and piece together how one of the largest mass shootings in USA history took place.
Deeply emotional and often difficult to watch, 49 Pulses nevertheless examines a recent tragedy that’s important to remember and learn from. It’s available to watch right now on Dekkoo.