Even if you’ve never wandered down Lana Lane during Honolulu Night Market, you’ll want to check it out this month, because something exciting will be going on: The 2013 Showdown Championship Challenge. The event is part of Showdown in Chinatown, a local underground film challenge that challenges independent filmmakers of all experience levels to film, edit and show off their stuff on the big screen. For the 2013 challenge, filmmakers were given two months to write, shoot and edit a short film (up to 10 minutes in length) with the following elements:
Topic: A Paradox
Props: City Lights
Line of Dialogue: “What Is Your Secret”
Competing teams include both winners from the 2012-2013 Showdown year and “wild card” entries from the public.
Collaborating with the artists of Lana Lane, Showdown now has two handcrafted (built by Showdown members) screens at the warehouse they’ve been using for the event. One screen will be outside, in the Lana Lane alley, and the other will be inside the warehouse itself.
The inside area will host those 21 and older, with a donation bar and interactive arts vendors. Outside, all ages can view a simultaneous screening and catch all the action (that’s also where the emcee, host, judges and DJs will be). Teams will be judged on a mix of both creativity and technical ability.
The prizes for the Championship Challenge:
Grand prize: A gift certificate for a Rental Package worth a retail value of $15,000 from Hawaii Photo Rental.
Second prize: Former Showdown champion team member Michael Romano of Strawberrycolor, in conjunction with Sight & Sound Studios, will offer fledgling filmmakers a chance to work with their fully mobile and studio based editorial/color correction systems, and access to trained personnel.
Third prize: Audience choice award. The event is open to all ages with a donation of any amount, and a portion of this door donation will go to the audience choice award.
After the winners have been announced, filmmaker industry members and the audience are invited to stick around for the after-party with local music artists Anton Glam, Rooks Royal, Animal Mother and DJ Davey Shindig.
Showdown Championship Challenge
Lana Lane Studios, 327 Lana Lane, Kakaako
Saturday, Nov. 16 from 7-10 p.m.
All ages outside, 21+ inside