UPDATE: We have extended the competition until June 30, 2011.

Join our Festival group and watch the submissions:

Cinema Out of Your Backpack is a festival celebrating a new revolution in film-making. DSLR video cameras, the game changers in the film industry, are creating extraordinary new possibilities for every filmmaker: cinema-quality images for a tiny budget. Technology is democratized. Now it's the story that matters, not just the visuals.

Got a feature film idea? Pick one scene and shoot it with your DSLR. 3 minutes, fiction or documentary. All gear has to fit in your backpack. Prove it with a snapshot.

From January 1 to March 31, 2011 our Festival group on Vimeo is open for submissions. In summer 2011, a selection of the best movies will be celebrated in the Caligari movie theater at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The screening will be followed by an awards show presenting the winners.

▪ The Vimeo community
▪ Shane Hurlbut, ASC (DP 'Terminator Salvation',
▪ Jared Abrams (News Director at
▪ Blake Whitman (Community Director at Vimeo,
▪ Philip Bloom (DP, Director, Filmmaker,
▪ Andrew Wonder (Director/DP 'Undercity',
▪ Claudia Loewe (Director of DFA Produktion, Organizer of the German Film Awards)

▪ Think Tank Photo’s Shape Shifter® backpack
▪ Think Tank Photo’s Multimedia Wired Up 20 belt pack
▪ Think Tank Photo’s Multimedia Wired Up 10 belt pack
▪ Giottos’ Vitruvian all-in-one tripod
▪ Camera Armor’s Seattle Sling™ dry bag
▪ Free Vimeo Plus accounts

Script by Joshua Beyer & Jasmin Srouji
Motion Design by Fabian Rühle
Sound Design by Emre Türker
Voice-Over by Chris McKissick
Music by Christian Barth: "Tag im Freien"

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