Twitter is so hot right now, you guys. It's so hot it influences things totally unrelated to Twitter, like the Nikon Festival — a digital film fest that challenges micro-auteurs to create 140-seconds-or-less digital videos. Obviously, Ashton Kutcher is involved.
The Nikon Festival has the theme "A Day Through Your Lens", and asks budding filmmakers to upload digital films with that theme, of lengths less than 140 seconds, to their website. The contest is six weeks long, starting right now. Festival judges include Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute of The Office fame), photographer Chase Jarvis, and some girl unfortunately described as an "Internet Personality" with the even more unfortunate name of iJustine. But guys, Rainn Wilson!
Oh yeah, and Ashton Kutcher will be sharing his own entry, partly because he has an advertising deal with Nikon and partly because this contest is tangentially related to Twitter. That '70s Show was a long time ago, you know, and now Twitter is his job — and Ashton Kutcher is nothing if not dedicated to his job.
The winning filmmaker will get $US100,000 and some sweet Nikon gear, and there'll also be an audience favourite award worth $US25,000, in case iJustine is out of touch with modern independent filmmaking. [Nikon Festival]