Jon Cockerill Film Contest seeking submissions

FLINT — Do you have a horror, comedy or science fiction film idea? Make it a reality and enter it in the Jon Cockerill Memorial Short Film Contest by Sept. 26. Independent film makers are invited to submit one film, no longer than eight minutes in length, to the competition. See complete rules below.

Three winners will be chosen to receive cash awards. Top Prize will receive $500, Second Prize will receive $300, and Third Prize will receive $200. The contest is sponsored by the friends and family of Jon Cockerill, the Flint Horror Convention and the Media Arts & Entertainment Technology (MAET) Program at Mott Community College (MCC). Cockerill, an MCC alumnus, was one of the first graduates of the MAET program.

“To Jon film was everything,” said close friend Chris Ringler. “It was not just a hobby, or an appreciation, but was a deep passion that drove him.” Because of his passion, Cockerill’s friends and family were motivated to help other aspiring film makers through a scholarship of equipment and the Jon Cockerill Memorial Short Film Contest.

“Among the tragedies in the passing of Jon is that many of the dreams he had as a film maker will never be realized but perhaps in his passing we can pass the torch of his passion to another young film maker who will be able to realize their dreams, and in that way, pass on the memory of Jon,” said Ringler.

Rules & Submission Process:

• The contest is open to anyone.

• Films must be no longer than eight minutes in length.

• Films must be in the horror, comedy, or science fiction genres.

• Films must be made by at least two people in collaboration.

• Film submissions must be submitted digitally to a Dropbox account and emailed to by Sept. 26.

• Winning filmmakers must be present at the awards ceremony.

The top 10 films will be shown at a free event at the Flint Local 432 on Oct. 14. The top three films from the Flint Local 432 event will be awarded cash prizes presented during the Flint Horror Con on Oct. 25.

The Top Prize winner will have their film shown at the awards ceremony during the Flint Horror Con on Oct. 25 as part of a tribute to Jon’s memory.

Entries to the Jon Cockerill Memorial Short Film Contest must be separate from film entries sent in for regular consideration for Horror Con. Judges for the Jon Cockerill Memorial Short Film Contest are not necessarily affiliated with Horror Con. The spirit of the contest is to inspire filmmakers to make new work. — G.G.

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