Idris Elba Joins Sprint’s 4G Competitive Edge Filmmakers Challenge

Once upon a time, you had to have years of training at a film school, thousands of dollars worth of equipment, and a bunch of up-and-coming actors at your disposal in order to put together your first short film. Today, all you need is a Sprint 4G smartphone—and the desire to put together a mini-movie—to see your Hollywood dreams start to come true. 

Sprint—in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Wells Fargo—is celebrating Black History Month by asking you to use your 4G smartphone to put together a short film for their 4G Competitive Edge Filmmakers Challenge. Throughout the month of February, they’ll be touring the country and making stops at a bunch of different schools and universities—including Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University, and Virginia Union University—to get the word about the contest out and to offer students at these schools the chance to attend the Wells Fargo Empowerment Panel where they can learn more about entrepreneurship. 

And in April, actor Idris Elba will join in on the fun by making an appearance at Howard University to announce the winner of the 4G Competitive Edge Filmmakers Challenge, who will get the unique opportunity to spend a day on the set of movie Elba, eat dinner with a Sprint executive, and receive $2500 to help start their career. To learn more about where the tour will be stopping next and to get the official rules for the contest, head over to the 4G Competitive Edge Filmmakers Challenge web site now. The contest ends on March 4, 2011, so grab your smartphone and get to work. Because you never know—you could have the competitive edge and become this year’s Filmmakers Challenge winner.