Win funding for the production of a short film inspired
To accompany the release of the upcoming Interpol
album, Matador Records will be funding 10 short films inspired by
the music and aesthetic of the band. There are two steps to this
contest: writing a treatment, and then, if you are selected, making
The contest is now closed. We received
over 500 submissions.
The 10 winners are as follows
Joey Ingram and Josh Mahan
Thanks to everyone for participating. You will have a chance to
see the finished films in various environments around the release
of the record.
Step One: Submit a treatment and a letter
First, you must submit a treatment describing your proposed film,
along with a letter describing any previous work you have done in
film. The treatment may be in any form you wish: a written essay,
an illustrated storyboard, a video of yourself explaining it, or
just a video that you feel will suggest the finished product. You
will want to keep in mind the guidelines listed in Step Two as you
write your treatment.
The treatments should be sent to this address by July
5 (deadline extended):
Or, if you need to send physical materials, to this address:
c/o Matador Records
625 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Interpol will personally review the treatments and choose 10 that
they feel best or most interestingly embody the spirit of their
music in the cinematic form. Try
to think outside the box. Black is not the only color.
All entries will be bound by the Official Rules listed at
the bottom of this page.
Step Two: If you are selected, make
Each winner will receive $1,000 to make a film, as well as a 60-second
fragment of music from the forthcoming Interpol album, as well as
some other choice bits and pieces. The finished films will be due
by August 15.
The film may be of any format or length that you can create within
this budget, and may be on any subject you like. We are expecting
something in the range of 2 to 4 minutes, but the length is up to
you. You may shoot on fim, digital video, analog video, or any other
media. Your film may be live-action or animated. You may use CGI.
Silent or sound. Anything you like.
There are only 2 restrictions:
1. The only music you may use is the 60-second fragment of new Interpol
music that we supply you with. You do not have to use it, but it
is the only music that you may use. Other background sounds -- ambient
noise, dialog etc. are fine.
2. You must not make a music video. We are looking for artistic
films inspired by Interpol's music and ideas, not a promotional
clip for a specific song.
The winning films will be displayed around the release of the new
album. Each winner will be credited in every use.
All submissions of both treatments and films will become the property
of Matador Records.
By entering this contest, you agree to be
bound by the following terms and conditions:
No purchase necessary. The contest will be open to residents of
the United States and the District of Columbia over 13 years of
Employees and the members of the recording artists professionally
known as "Interpol," and any of their subsidiaries, affiliates,
advertising and promotion agencies, family/household members are
not eligible to enter the Contest. Employees of Matador Recordings,
LLC, and Beggars Group (USA), Inc., and any of their subsidiaries,
affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, family/household
members are not eligible to enter the Contest.
Enter by submitting the information requested to the email address
or physical address listed above. All entries must be received by
July 5, 2004. Neither Interpol nor Matador Records ("Matador")
shall be responsible for lost, late, mutilated or misdirected mail
or corrupted files. Entries that are tampered with, illegible or
incomplete are not eligible. Winners will be selected from all entries
on or about July 10, 2004. Participants agree to be bound by these
rules and all decisions are final. 10 Winners will be chosen. The
Winners will be notified by email by July 11, 2004. Winners (or
the parent/guardian if the Winner is a minor) will be required to
sign a contract assigning all worldwide copyrights and unrestricted
exploitation rights in perpetuity in their treatments and films
to Matador, and in return will receive a production budget of $1000
and appropriate credit whenever the film is projected or otherwise
displayed as full and complete consideration for all rights granted
and any and all exploitations (if at all) of the film by Matador
or its designees, it being understood that Matador will not be obligated
to use the film in any manner. All entries and requests become the
property of Matador. Entry constitutes permission to use the Winner's
name, picture, likeness, and city and state of residence for purposes
of trade, publicity or promotion for no additional compensation.
The Winners (or the parent/guardian if the Winner is a minor) will
be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility, compliance with
the Contest rules and release of liability. Neither Matador nor
Interpol makes any warranty or representation regarding the prize
and Winner agrees to accept the prize "as is." All entrants
release Interpol and Matador and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries,
directors, officers, employees, agents and all others associated
with the development and execution of the Contest from any and all
liability from injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from
participation in this promotion or acceptance or use of the prize.
All reasonable effort will be made to contact the Winners. Failure
to execute and return any requested document within 60 days of postmark,
or return of notification of prize as undeliverable, may result
in forfeiture of the prize. An alternate potential winner may be
selected at the sole discretion of Interpol and/or Matador. Void
where prohibited by law. All federal, state, and local laws and