Announcing Musicbed Challenge 2023

We’re all about creative constraints. In fact, we’ve explored the topic several times in blog posts and conversations with filmmakers, the idea that limitations can spark something in our creative brains to step up and take a challenge. But, even further than that, our constraints aren’t just a good exercise in creativity — sometimes they’re the entire reason to create. That’s why we’re excited to announce our Musicbed Challenge.

Musicbed Challenge 2023

Start something. Finish something. Create momentum and move forward with Musicbed Challenge, a 30-day filmmaking competition designed to inspire creative breakthrough.

Filmmakers have 30 days to submit a film that fits into one of these categories: Narrative, Spec Ad, or Documentary. Submissions must include music from a pre-selected Musicbed playlist. Before you begin, make sure you’ve downloaded the free Musicbed Challenge Starter Kit—it has everything else you need to know.

The Judges

A panel of 16 industry-leading judges will score submissions based on the following criteria: creativity, craft, storytelling, and song use. Learn more about this year’s judges here.

The Prizes

This year’s winners—Best Narrative, Best Spec Ad, Best Documentary, and People’s Choice—will split over $100K in film grants, high-end filmmaking tools, and creative assets.

Per Category—Narrative, Spec Ad, and Documentary

People’s Choice

Submissions open March 1 and close on March 31. Download the Starter Kit for everything you need to know. Good luck!