FilmerUnknown 2017

FilmerUnknown 2017

We’re proud to announce the fourth annual installment of FilmerUnknown presented by Sony and Røde Microphones and Music Vine!

The flip side to the original action sports talent-search contest, FilmerUnknown returns for a 4th year, giving a nod to talented up-and-coming filmmakers around the globe and providing them an opportunity to get recognized, win free gear, and get a foot in the door of the action sports filmmaking community!

How does it work? We're hosting an open qualifying round where anyone can send in a submission and prove to us that they've got the chops to hang with the best amateur filmers in the game. We'll then be selecting the top 5 submissions as our Finalists, sending them both Sony Action Cam and Sony Alpha a6300 mirrorless camera kits and a RØDE VideoMic Pro + Dead Cat and having them produce short edits exclusively with the equipment provided that we will then release online. We'll then select the winner, fly him/her out to join the Level 1 crew on an all-expense-paid trip at SuperUnknown XIII Finals and hook him/her up with a Sony Alpha a7sii and Zeiss 24-70mm lens, RØDE Filmmaker kit, Stereo Video Mic Pro, Video Micro Smartlav+ and accessories!

5 Finalists will be selected and notified by February 17th, 2016.

Each Finalist will win a Sony FDR-X3000 Action Cam, mounts, and accessories as well as a Sony Alpha a6300 with a 16-50mm lens and RØDE VideoMic Pro + Dead Cat for use in creating their FilmerUnknown finals submission. Finalists are permitted to keep the camera and accessories following the conclusion of the FilmerUnknown contest.

The FilmerUnknown winner will receive an all-expense pair trip to attend SuperUnknown XIV where they’ll work and shoot along with the Level 1 crew and a Sony Alpha a7sii mirrorless camera with a Zeiss 24-70mm lens, RØDE Filmmaker kit, Stereo Video Mic Pro, Video Micro Smartlav+ and accessories.

Want a one way ticket to a successful action-sports filmmaking career? This is it!

Good luck!



The FilmerUnknown contest is open to amateur filmmakers, cinematographers, and videographers worldwide, ages 12 and up.

The FilmerUnknown contest consists of two rounds, an open Qualifying round, and a Final round made up of the top 5 entrants from the Qualifying round.



To enter you have to submit a:

  • 90 second (or less) video.
  • uploaded to vimeo or youtube and send us the link with the online form at the bottom
  • at least 50% of the content must be sports related (doesn't have to be just skiing)
  • no limitations on equipment, video format, music, soundtrack or featured athletes
  • due on 11:59pm (MST) February 10th, 2017 

Open Qualifying entries are limited to 90 seconds (or less)- anything longer will get you disqualified. Consider this your minute-and-a-half elevator pitch to show off your skills and why you’re deserving of a spot in the Finals! Fancy editing, sound design, and color correction is nice, but we’re really focusing on camera skills in evaluating these entries.

Qualifying round entrants can use any camera, mounts, or other equipment that they have access to- it’s not about the camera, its about the camera operator right?!

At least 50% of the content must be sports related. It’s all good to include your film-school experimental projects, but we need to know that you have some ability to understand and capture action.

All Qualifying Round entries are due by February 10th, 2017.

Your video should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. Please make sure, your video is clearly identifiable with your name. Fill out the form to submit your link from now until 11:59pm February, 10th 2017.

Entries will be judged on technical ability, composition, creativity, motion, use of lighting, and overall impression.

The 5 FilmerUnknown Finalists will win:


5 Finalists will be selected and notified by February 17th, 2017. 

Each Finalist will be provided with 1 Sony FDR-X3000 Action Cam and 1 Sony Alpha a6300 with a 16-50mm lens, RØDE microphone, mounts, and accessories for use in creating their Superunknown Finalist submission. Finalists are permitted to keep the camera and accessories following the conclusion of the FilmerUnknown contest.

Finalist have to submit:

  • 90 second video.
  • must be 100% filmed with the provided Sony Cameras
  • at least 30 seconds must be filmed with Sony Action Cam
  • no limitations on subject
  • must provide the raw footage used for the final entry 
  • due on 11:59pm (MST) on April 1st, 2017 

To level the playing field, ALL Finalist submissions must be shot entirely on the provided Sony products, and are limited to 90-seconds in length. Within the 90 seconds at least 30 seconds have to be filmed with the Sony Action Cam. We will consider how the contestants use each camera and its specific strengths during our judging process. There are no limitations or requirements for the content that needs to be included in the Finalist submissions. For this round you do not have to have any action sports-related content, just prove to us that you crush it behind the lens!

All Finalist submissions are due by April 1st, 2017.

Entries will be judged on technical ability, creative use of specific camera gear, composition, creativity, motion, use of lighting, and overall impression. One winner will be selected from the 5 Finalist entries. In addition to the final video, the 5 Finalist have to provide the raw footage shot with the Sony cameras and used in their final submission.

The FilmerUnknown winner will receive:

FilmerUnknown Qualifying round and Finalist winners are to be determined by Level 1 and our independent consultants. All decisions are final, and are not subject to dispute. Level 1 reserves the right to make amendments or changes to the rules at any point in time.

*Expenses include airfare and transport from airport to event location and lodging for the duration of the Superunknown XIV shoot.

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