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Kevin Klauber ACE, is an Oscar-winning film editor and writer who attended USC School of Cinematic Arts, Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School, and is a NFFTY Alumnus. Kevin's editorial debut, Pearl Jam Twenty, came under the direction of Academy Award-winner Cameron Crowe. He's worked on numerous documentaries shown on Netflix and HBO, and is best known for editing two Oscar-winning documentaries: 20 Feet From Stardom and Icarus.


November 14, 2018 to January 2, 2019

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Kevin has joined the COLLECTIVE team as a Resident Pro, and is launching his first contest—CONQUERED.

Sign up for COLLECTIVE today (if you haven’t already!) and we’ll notify you on November 14 when the contest opens and the brief is available.

CONQUERED is a micro-documentary film contest about overcoming an obstacle that others can relate to, like overcoming a fear of public speaking, quitting a job that wasn’t ideal, coming out to your family, or setting and achieving an ambitious goal. You could have overcome this obstacle personally, or choose to share someone else’s story in which they overcame an obstacle.

In selecting winners, Kevin will be looking for authentic, vulnerable, compelling narrative and artful filmmaking brought to life in your own unique style. Your submission should be no more than 3 minutes in runtime.

In order to be eligible to win, you’ll need to:

  1. Download the COLLECTIVE bumper and insert it as the intro to your film (the bumper will not count towards the 3 minute runtime restriction)
  2. Provide a short behind-the-scenes clip or still image of you and/or your subject to verify that your film was produced between November 14, 2018 and January 2, 2019. We’d recommend a shot of you and/or your subject on one of the sets from your film holding up a daily newspaper or phone clearly showing the date. This serves as proof of eligibility, and will not earn you any additional judging points. This clip/still can be kept separate from your actual submission. We’ll ask you to share it with us if you’re selected as a prize winner so please make sure to remember it in your shot list!


  • 20% cinematography
  • 20% editing & post
  • 20% creativity & innovation
  • 20% narrative
  • 20% overall engagement & storytelling


  1. Sign up for COLLECTIVE today (if you haven’t already)
  2. Download the COLLECTIVE bumper from this page
  3. Get out there and produce your film
  4. Insert the COLLECTIVE bumper to the start of your film
  5. Come back to this page to submit your entry
  6. Promote your submission to earn public votes for a chance to win the Audience Award (note: Kevin will review eligible submissions and select one Grand Prize Winner and two Runners up. The public vote and Audience Award is separate from this).


Grand Prize

  • MacBook Pro 15 inch TouchBar 1TB SSD
  • BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
  • DJI Ronin-S
  • LaCie 2big Dock 20TB
  • LaCIe DJI Copilot

Runners-up Prizes (2 winners)

  • LaCie DJI Copilot
  • DJI Ronin-S

Audience Award Prize (1 winner)

  • LaCIe DJI Copilot
  • Aputure Light Panel


  • 14 Nov
  • 2 Jan
  • 2 Jan
  • 16 Jan
  • Contest open
  • Contest closes
  • Judging begins
  • Winner announced
Contest open
Contest closes
Judging begins
Winner announced

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  • Entries must be submitted to COLLECTIVE before 23:59 PST on January 2, 18, 2019.
  • Entrants are only eligible to win one prize regardless of their number of entries.
  • Entries should be no longer than 3 minutes (not including the COLLECTIVE animated bumper which must be inserted at the start of the entry). Entries longer than 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • For an entry to be eligible to win, entrants must provide a short behind-the-scenes video clip or still image of entrant and/or the subject matter of the video entry, that verifies that the video was produced during the Entry Period (November 14, 2018 - January 2, 2019). This clip/still is not required to be submitted together with your entry, but must be provided to Sponsor upon request to confirm eligibility of potential winning entries.
  • Entries will not be eligible unless we, at our sole discretion, determine the entry was produced during the contest submission window.
  • Entrants can use their own music provided they own the license or it falls under the free creative common license. In order to be eligible to win a prize, a license agreement will be requested to verify the right to use the music. Copyright violations disqualify entrant.
  • The judges will review eligible submissions and select Grand Prize and Runners-Up Prize Winners.
  • The Audience Award will be determined by the eligible submission with the highest number of COLLECTIVE votes (i.e., hearts) at 23:59 PST on January 2, 2019. If the film with the highest number of votes is also the film selected by the judges then the film with the second highest vote count (and so on) will win the Audience Award.
  • Eligible Countries: US, Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), UK, Germany, France, and Netherlands (we are working with our legal team to make future COLLECTIVE contests available in more countries).
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Once you've signed up to COLLECTIVE, take a look at the PushPlay entry pack, it will give you the low-down on what it is exactly that our judges will be looking for from a winning entry.

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Don't forget to make sure your film has been uploaded to VIMEO and keep the link (URL) to hand. We watch every entry and will send you an email once your video has been approved. Best of luck!

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