Covid-19 is sweeping the globe and the film industry is suffering. There are businesses and freelancers everywhere feeling the strain. So we wanted to do something positive.

Sometimes the worst part of isolation is having nothing to do. We’ve gathered a few friends and put together a film competition with some amazing prizes.

30th March - 30th April

The Challenge

Create a one to three minute short film on the themes of LOCKDOWN or ISOLATION. Your film should include at least one element of visual effects. Be as free with the themes as you like - aliens outside the window, comedy trapped in a house, going crazy all alone, staying in touch with friends - anything goes. Just obey the government guidelines and advice from PHE (or your country's equivalent) whatever you do.

The Judges

Victor Perez

Victor Perez is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and visual effects artist with more than 20 year of combined experience, and has worked on a number of Hollywood films, including ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, plus many more.

Marta Svetek

Marta Svetek is an actor/director also serving as Red Giant’s Senior Community Manager. While she continues to produce and direct the filming of several VFX film shoots for Red Giant, you can also catch her on screen, hanging around with Hugh Laurie in HBO's Avenue 5.

Simon Walker

Simon is Director of Training at Maxon, Red Giant, and Redshift. Responsible for managing the global training team, providing workflow techniques, technical consultancy and training for editors, designers, animators, 3D artists, compositors and professional creatives working in post production in the media and entertainment industry.

How To Enter

When you've completed your film simply come back here and complete the form at the bottom of this page and add a link to where we can watch your masterpiece.

Make sure you complete submit your film to us for judging by 30th April.

Don’t forget to keep us up to date with what you’re working on. We love a good Instagram post of work in progress.

The Prizes

We’ve got one big pool of prizes to give to our winner, with a second prize for student entries. Each of our judges will also provide some critical feedback to their own favourite films.


Autodesk M&E Collection (three years)

Boris FX Bundle (one-year)

Boris FX Sapphire subscription (one year)

Boris FX Continuum subscription (one year)

Boris FX Mocha Pro subscription (one year)

Boris FX Silhouette subscription (one year)

Chaos Group V-Ray Annual Licence (winner's choice, one year)

FXhome Pro Suite

Red Giant Trapcode Suite

Triune Films Infinity VFX Assets Collection

Triune Scores Complete Library Vol.1

Wacom Cintiq Pro 24"


FXhome HitFilm Pro

Red Giant Trapcode Suite

Wacom Cintiq 16"

The Rules

We’ll be looking at four main areas when we judge your films:

  • Creativity
  • Cinematography
  • VFX
  • Directing

There are no limits to team sizes, the software you use, or the story you write. But it must be an original, narrative fiction script. Nothing you’ve made before and not a documentary (mockumentaries are fine).

Your film must include at least one visual effects element integrated in any way you choose.

Any stock footage or music you use must be royalty free and you must have the rights to use it for short films distributed online.

Our prize pool is subject to change as more businesses come on board to support our little exercise in positivity. There are no cash alternatives and the judges’ decision is final.

Your film must be no less that one minute long and no more than three minutes long (excluding credits).

Credits do not count to your overall film length.

This competition is not open to employees of Escape Technology or our partners.

While the contest is open to entries from around the world, do bear in mind that most of the judges only speak English. So if you submit in another language please provide subtitles.