LumaForge and SEIKI Digital announced the launch of the 4K Content Competition. The competition starts July 1 and closes Sept. 30. Video submissions must be shot on a digital camera with a native sensor size of 3,840X2,160 pixels or greater and be four minutes or less in running time. Prizes will be offered in four categories – best 4K narrative or documentary, best 4K sports & action, best 4K music video and video with the most YouTube 4K competition channel views.
“We’re working closely with content creators to deliver 4K videos in the most cost-effective way,” said Neil Smith, LumaForge CEO. “The 4K Content Competition will be an opportunity for filmmakers and musicians across America to showcase their amazing talents.”
“SEIKI is also keen on supporting the cinematography community to promote the creation of 4K content, which in turn will accelerate the adoption of 4K UHD TVs in the U.S. marketplace,” said Frank Kendzora, executive vice president for SEIKI.
Vincent Laforet will judge the winner of the best 4K narrative or documentary award. Laforet is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and a DP with Local 600. A Cannes Lions winner, he is a director and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer known for his forward-thinking approach to images and storytelling. In addition to having been commissioned by just about every important international publication – including Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and Life – Laforet is known for tilt-shift and aerial photography and HD-capable DSLR cameras. His short film Reverie, a 1080P video shot with a still camera, received more than two million views the first week of its release.
Frank Serafine will judge the best 4K music video category. Sefarine has been at the cutting edge of sound design and the creation of signature audio effects for more than 30 years. He is known for his early Hollywood work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and TRON, and he shared an Academy Award for The Hunt for Red October. As a sound designer, Sefarine created signature effects like the TRON light cycles and the screaming torpedoes from The Hunt for Red October.