Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater and “Boyhood” producer Cathleen Sutherland have put together a short film contest called “Reel In The Votes” in support of Beto O’Rourke’s campaign to become the next United States senator from Texas.
“We are accepting 2-3 minute stories (narrative or non-fiction) as well as 30-second spots in line with Beto’s strive for change,” the project’s website reads.
Texas-rooted filmmakers Robert Rodriguez (whose big budget blockbuster “Alita” opens in December) and Ethan Hawke (whose new film “Blaze,” about Austin songwriter Blaze Foley, is out now) will help judge the contest. Submissions are open now and due no later than Sept. 21. The submission link can be found at the website.
The categories are “Mini Burrito” (2 -3 minutes narrative or non-fiction mini-short) and “Hot Tamale” (30-second spot/really really short film). Age categories are “Heck Yes I Vote” (adults 18 and over) and “Boy I Wish I Could Vote” (under 18).
There is no entry fee for the contest, and each of the four winners will receive $500.
A fundraiser at which the winning films will be shown will take place in October.