Amateur filmmakers get their Mac on

COURTESY Columbia Pictures

Credit: Jason Hall

Get your No-doz, iMac and talented friends ready for the Insomnia Film Festival.

This Saturday, Oct. 13, Apple is holding its second annual Insomnia Film Festival. At 9 a.m. Saturday, Apple will post a list of elements to be included in the participants’ films. Participants can choose any three and, from there, they have 24 hours to write, cast, shoot, edit and score a short film no longer than three minutes in length. Registration information, rules and requirements can be found at

The films will be posted on Apple’s Web site and will be rated by the public. The 25 highest rated films will then be judged by a panel of veteran filmmakers. The panel includes veteran directors Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family), Jim Sheridan (In America), Nora Ephron (You’ve Got Mail), Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), Mary Harron (American Psycho), James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma), Mira Nair (The Namesake), Luis Valdez (La Bamba) and actor Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live”).

The makers of the film with the highest public rating and the film judged best by the panel will receive five MacBook Pro notebook computers, five Final Cut Studio 2 box sets, five copies of Shake, five Logic Studio box sets and five One-to-One personal training cards. The Slingjam Creative Award will also be given to one of the winners. This award will be based on creativity more than quality of production. This winning team will be allowed a private group video iChat with David Barron, producer of the Harry Potter film series.

– Allan Lamb