• Congratulations to our eight finalists!
  • Each has been awarded $20,000 to direct their own short film.
  • Production is underway.
  • The winning films will premiere this Summer - stay tuned!
  • Meet the filmmakers.
Meet our eight finalists:
We are thrilled to announce the eight Prototype finalists, each of whom have been awarded $20,000 to shoot their own short film. One will win ultimate Grand Prize - a film deal with New Regency Productions to develop their short into a feature.


The finalists are...

Writer: Daniel Perea
Director: Steven Ilous
Directing Sample: 2088 Teaser
Prototype Short Film: POLIS
Logline: A young man discovers the truth about his origins and its connection to a mysterious virus that's sweeping across the industrial ruins of the 22nd century.

Writers: Matthew Wilson & Justin Robinson
Director: Matthew Wilson
Directing Sample: The Final Moments of Karl Brant
Prototype Short Film: DRAKKEN
Logline: A wandering warrior protects a small town from marauders in a post-apocalyptic, dark fantasy setting.

Writers: Dan Bush & Conal Bryne
Director: Dan Bush
Directing Sample: Ghost of Old Highways
Prototype Short Film: SHUT-EYE
Logline: Next Corp nears the launch of its greatest product ever: a mind app that removes our need for sleep. But when the son of the CEO discovers horrifying side effects, he must choose whether or not to bring down the giant corporation that his father built.

Writers: Dugan O'Neal & Wilson Bethel
Director: Dugan O'Neal
Directing Samples: Dugan's Samples
Prototype Short Film: MEMORY 2.0
Logline: A tale of love lost in the distant future where people relive their fondest memories with virtual reality. Everything spins out of control for our Hero as the lines between reality and the virtual memories begin to blur.

Writer: Aiah Samba
Director: Michael Chance
Directing Sample: Project Arbiter
Prototype Short Film: WHIPPING BOY
Logline: A man who works as a human punching bag to relieve others of their stress gets caught up in a noirish mystery pertaining to a strange device that everyone's after.


Writers: Chris Marrs Piliero & Don Piliero
Director: Chris Marrs Pilero
Directing Sample: Chris' Samples
Prototype Short Film: THE LIARS CHAIR
Logline: An eloquent cowboy, four criminals, and a delicious bag of tortilla chips.

Writer / Director: Tim Baldini
Directing Sample: Dice Awards Intro
Prototype Short Film: HACKED
Logline: A gritty Sci-Fi chase film about two young women, unjustly accused of murder, who escape custody and begin posting video content online in an attempt to vindicate themselves of the crime, find the real killer and evade a secret FBI manhunt.

Writing & Directing team: Kevin Adams & Joseph Ksander
Directing Sample: Kevin & Joe's reel
Prototype Short Film: GEAR
Logline: In a future where robots fill our daily lives, a young girl loses her family to a killing machine which ends up becoming her only family.