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And the winners are...

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And the winners are...

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November 14 2018 - Jan 16 2019

As part of our ongoing contest series, we teamed up with Oscar-winning film editor Kevin Klauber ACE to challenge you to make a three minute documentary about overcoming an obstacle.

Kevin has been busy reviewing your films! We received over 110 eligible submissions that told incredibly moving stories about a variety of experiences — from bouncing back after a serious illness to conquering PTSD.

We’re excited to announce that Kevin has selected a Grand Prize winner and two Runners Up. The general public also voted to select an Audience Award winner. The winners will receive filmmaking gear from a prize pool worth over $10,000. Watch the winning films below!

Congratulations to all four of the prize winners, and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took time and energy to create and submit something awesome. We hope you enjoyed the challenge and that working on it stretched you to learn something new as a creator.

grand prize winner

To Thailand And Beyond



The journey this film took me on was extraordinary. I was astonished by the filmmaker's ability to use personal footage to continually keep the audience in the moment, in the immediate experience of Rachel and her family from her brain hemorrage, to the birth of her child, and through her incredible recovery. And to do all that in 3 minutes... is truly incredible.


runners up

Martha The Powerlifter



This film uses evocative, emotionally driven cinematography, along with brilliant story pacing to paint a beautiful portrait of Martha standing up to her fears to do what is best to fight her illness. I was especially struck with how the combination of close-up cinematography, sensitive editing, and modern orchestral music invites the audience into EXPERIENCING Martha's vulnerability, ultimately revealing that courage doesn’t come from the absence of fear but the judgement that something is more important than it. Truly a fantastic piece of work!


Still Here



I think one of the most important elements in storytelling is surprise because truths— real DEEP truths— are often found in contradictions. I was struck by how this film embraced surprises and contradictions. From the first moment of wrestling moves paired with delicately sensitive music while Ben describes being shot in face— yet he tells us that was the easiest part of his journey (because the recovery was the hardest), to wrestling saving him from succumbing to PTSD and depression, to women being welcomed as bothers in the military, to losing 14 friends to suicide since 2014… it’s all woven together to reveal the beautiful strength that comes from vulnerability. Also, bravo for the brilliant editing choice of leaving us with the images of the wooden boards building the wrestling ring while Ben talks about high veteran suicide rates. I couldn’t help but connect the boards of the stage to the building of coffins, the final shot leaving us the viewer entombed within one, as though we cannot escape Ben’s own psyche. Powerful work.


audience vote winner

Each Day Each Step



What struck me most about this film is how it’s told: with the brutal honesty and strength of a survivor, of a fighter. The first 30 seconds hooks us when Ryan's love of running is taken away by a horrible tragedy. His mother’s interview cements this, making us feel even more for Ryan. By the end, we understand how Ryan's strength has allowed him to push beyond the tragedy and grow from it.




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


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


  • 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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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.

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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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