Get out the camcorders, cell phones and Super 8s, New Belgium Brewing Co. is now accepting film submissions for its 2014 Clips Beer & Film Tour. Selected films will be viewed in 21 cities across the United States, starting in May. Clips Beer & Film Tour is a film festival where guests sit under the stars, enjoy New Belgium beers and watch a composition of original films, while simultaneously raising money for local nonprofits.
The selected filmmakers will receive a trophy-worthy beer in a custom screen-printed bottle made exclusively for the winning submissions. In addition, they will receive a limited edition, hand-forged Clips belt buckle.
“The Clips tour is a philanthropic celebration of the creativity of craft brewing and film,” said Christie Catania, Clips national special events manager. “The selected filmmakers have the opportunity to share their passion with thousands of people across the country and win unique prizes and of course bragging rights.”
Film submissions can range from 10 seconds to five minutes on any or all of these topics:
1. Craft Beer
Over the years, selected films have run the gamut on genres and topics, including the technique of dice rolling, the quest for the ultimate full moon shot, a duel to be the hippest hipster, homebrewing in a small New York City apartment, a documentary about controversial water rights, a tale of lizard wrangling in Wisconsin and a piece of art entirely created with old school theater trickery, puppeteering and black light.
New Belgium is accepting submissions through April 1 (right over here), selecting approximately 20 films each season. Filmmakers must be at least 21 years old and must secure rights for all elements included in the film. The 2014 schedule will be announced soon.
During each Clips show, 100 percent of proceeds from beer sales directly benefit a local nonprofit working to improve the community. Last year, Clips Beer & Film Tour raised nearly $158,243 for local organizations and approximately 22,000 people sampled beer, viewed films and diverted 85 percent of event waste from landfills. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $366,893 for nonprofits nationwide.