GIFs have the uncanny capability to convey or elicit an emotion in a matter of seconds — and now the looping micro movies are getting a movie pageant of their very own. On Wednesday, August 15, Giphy and Squarespace introduced the primary ever Giphy Movie Competition, a contest open by September 27 for content material that’s 18 seconds or much less. That’s proper, somebody goes to win $10,000 for 18 seconds of GIF.

Giphy says that the micro-films popularized by social media networks might be simply as compelling, entertaining and artistic because the content material in conventional movie festivals. The Giphy Movie Fest consists of 5 completely different classes for the loop-able content material — stop-motion, animated, experimental, narrative, and a wildcard (or “different”) class. The competition is open to GIFs with or with out sound.

Giphy says the judges are searching for probably the most compelling, entertaining, artistic and professional-grade entries for the competition. Every class could have a finalist, whereas the top-scoring entry general will probably be awarded a $10,000 money prize together with a five-year subscription to Squarespace.

The pageant will probably be judged by a gaggle that features filmmakers, comedians and museum curators. The judging panel consists of Mukunda Angulo (artist and filmmaker), Alex Bodman (Spotify International Artistic Director), Brooke Keesling (Director of Communications and Tradition at The Animation Guild), Mona Panchal (Vice President of Digital at Subject), Joe Pera (comic, actor and author), Julia Rothman (co-founder at Ladies Who Draw), Rajendra Roy (The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Movie on the Museum of Trendy Artwork), and others.

The highest GIF entries will probably be performed in the course of the pageant on November 8. Whereas the pageant is open to any entries from the U.S., the pageant itself for viewing the temporary micro-films is by invite solely on the Metrograph theater in New York Metropolis. The entries, nonetheless, will probably be out there to view on-line with a platform particularly for the pageant hosted by Squarespace.

Entries are open till September 27, with judging held in the course of the first two weeks of October.

The quirky movie fest is smart for Giphy, the primary on-line GIF library and now the most important, based on the corporate. The platform is liable for serving up greater than Eight million hours of views to a mean of 300 million guests every single day. Giphy at the moment serves greater than 5 billion GIFs on the platform.

Full contest guidelines and submissions can be found at

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