This post has been corrected. See below for updates.
Script-writing isn't for everyone, so
Amazon, which is in a race with more established players like
But now, people have the option to upload a two- to 15-minute video instead. Just like with the scripts, Amazon has 45 days after submission to decide whether to option the concept for a commercial film.
"Short films are an amazing way for filmmakers to share a vision and tell a story, and now Amazon Studios' open door for creators is widening to include short concept videos for development options," the company said in an email.
The company pays the filmmakers $10,000 to the filmmaker if the submission is optioned for Amazon's development slate within the 45-day period. If the company buys the project and its associated rights, Amazon will pay $200,000.
Its website shows it has 26 movies currently slated for development. The company has a first-look deal with
In May, Amazon gave the green light to five new shows for its Prime Instant Video service. The company has received about 4,000 TV pilot scripts.
[For the record; June 27, 12:30 p.m.: This post originally stated Amazon pays $10,000 for the rights to the chosen submissions. A spokeswoman clarified that Amazon will pay $10,000 to option the project. If Amazon decides to buy the project and the associated rights to the project, Amazon Studios will pay $200,000.]
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