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On My Block Films launched the “Neighborhood Film Challenge” last week, a New York City film festival that invites residents of all five boroughs to construct a one- to five-minute short narrative or documentary film on their block, with a cast and crew of your real life neighbors.

Aspiring filmmakers and those with hidden filmmaking talent who are interested in participating can do so now. This may be your chance to make it big (or at least meet some neighbors)!

From August 1 through October 31, On My Block invites all New York City filmmakers to shoot and upload their videos onto the On My Block channel on Vimeo. During this time, the public may vote for any specific film by liking it on the site. The 30 films with the most likes will move on to be judged on November 6, and the 15 top-scoring films will be broadcasted in a film festival on November 17. Winners of the Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film, Best In Show will receive special awards.

So gather your neighbors together, come up with a quirky or original idea, and shoot a short film. Show a sense of community pride and creativity!

The “Neighborhood Film Challenge” gives neighbors the chance to collaborate and connect through the art of film creation. On My Block said they aspire to receive at least 50 films (10 in each borough) and unite 1000 New Yorkers, creating a sense of unity amongst the community.

Participants must sign up on the On My Block site and submit the required information BEFORE films are uploaded. Surf the site for more information regarding submission requirements as well as tips for writing and producing.

For additional inquiries, or to become a sponsor of On My Block, please contact Mary Crosse at mary@onmyblockfilms.com.

And remember, if you make a film, let us know so we can encourage fellow readers to vote for you!

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