Russo brothers seek to discover emerging filmmakers with No Sleep ‘Til Film Fest

Jessica Wong

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Do you want to be the next Joe and/or Anthony Russo? Here’s a chance to show the Cleveland natives and “Avengers: Endgame” directors what you’ve got. Their production company AGBO announced plans for the first-ever No Sleep ‘til Film Fest. Intended for emerging content creators, the contest […]

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Do you want to be the next Joe and/or Anthony Russo? Here’s a chance to show the Cleveland natives and “Avengers: Endgame” directors what you’ve got.

Their production company AGBO announced plans for the first-ever No Sleep ‘til Film Fest. Intended for emerging content creators, the contest will launch April 16. Filmmakers will then have 48 hours to make and submit their short films.

“We consider it a privilege to watch the work of tomorrow’s storytellers, especially when crafted with this level of ingenuity and in the spirit of rising to a fun challenge,” AGBO President of Creative Angela Russo-Otstot told Deadline. “We can’t wait to see what the filmmakers come up with and we are excited to share their talents via this new platform.”

Russo-Otstot, who co-wrote her older brothers’ latest feature, “Cherry,” will join her siblings on the judging panel along with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriting team on the Russo’s four Marvel films.

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Submissions must be three minutes or less in length, and no R-rated content will be accepted. All of the creative work, including the writing, shooting and post-production, must be done within the 48-hour window. The festival is open to filmmakers ages 13 and older, though those under 18 must submit a parental consent form.

The top three films will be announced on May 7 and featured on AGBO’s social media channels. Prizes include RED camera equipment, an electric bike from Story Bikes and Final Draft screenwriting software.

Complete rules can be found at agbo.com/community/no-sleep-til-film-fest.

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