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2019 Winner:

“Bad Equipment” by Aden Pena, Olivia Mason, Alexandria Just, Adriana Deblois, and Christopher Lord, Pinkerton Academy

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What’s Next?

The winning team must commit to creating and completing their short film by the 2019 AAHSFF submission deadline (July 1st, 2019). The team will be required to participate in periodic check-ins during the production of their film. The winning team must use the following Blackmagic Design equipment* for the film. If the team fails to produce the film or use the equipment as outlined, it must be returned:

  • URSA Mini Pro as the “A” camera;

  • DaVinci Resolve Studio for editing, color grading, audio post and VFX.

The resulting film may cover whatever topics/themes the winning team wishes in whatever filmmaking method they prefer (narrative, documentary, etc.), however:

  • The film may not include any copyrighted footage or music. It also must not be plagiarized from other works.

  • The film cannot include the visual use of drugs or sex/nudity. Language must be kept at a PG-13 level.

*Training for equipment and software to be provided by Blackmagic Design.

Additional Contest Details

  • The winning team will retain the rights to the content produced.

  • The winning team must participate in a case study with Blackmagic Design that will be published online.

  • The winning team must provide high resolution behind-the-scene videos, as well as stills from the film and screenshots of work in DaVinci Resolve Studio during the post production process, as well as a DRP file at the end of the project. The videos and images may be used on Blackmagic Design’s and AAHSFF’s website and social channels. 

Prize Package Details

The winning team will receive the following prize package. Of note, the prizes will be given to school, not the individual team members. The prizes must not be resold and they must be used to create a resulting film (as outlined above.)

An URSA Mini Pro EF

Super 35 digital film camera with 15 stops of dynamic range. The prize package includes an URSA Mini Shoulder Kit, Blackmagic URSA VLock Battery Plate, turret dust cap, EF lens mount, side handle with LANC Cable and strap, power supply and SD card with software and manual. Any additional accessories, such as lens, batteries and storage, will not be provided and will need to be sourced separately by the winning team.

DaVinci Resolve Studio

Professional editing, grading, audio post and VFX solution.

What is the Pitch Competition?

This competition has ENDED. Keep checking our website and social media for special competition information.

Does your school need new filmmaking equipment? Tell us why for your chance to win a professional digital film camera and post production software from our friends at Blackmagic Design! Not only will you win amazing professional gear worth more than $6,400, but you’ll also be able to screen a film at the 2019 Festival!

Contest Details

  • Send a short film (1-5 minutes) about why your school/class needs a new URSA Mini Pro digital film camera. Creativity will be rewarded – think outside the box!

  • The best pitch will receive a $6,400 equipment package that includes an URSA Mini Pro and DaVinci Resolve Studio.

  • Submissions are now closed!

  • The winning team will then have until the 2019 AAHSFF final deadline (July 1st, 2019) to shoot, edit and deliver a completed film project using the URSA Mini Pro and DaVinci Resolve Studio. The film will be screened during the 2019 festival at the AMC theater in Times Square NYC!


  • The competition is only open to schools based in the United States.

  • Each school can only submit one pitch.

  • Every pitch needs to include a teacher or school administrator that will serve as the team lead and main point of contact.