MIT AI for filmmaking hackathon
"Space I call home"

An exciting journey to finish a short film with the help of latest AI technology.



What is our Hackathon?

Every film is a canvas for our deepest stories, offering a glimpse into an array of thoughts and experiences. However, filmmaking has traditionally been intricate and expensive; translating the complex weaves of our imagination into digital form was a formidable task—until now. Recent innovations in deep learning have lowered the barriers for filmmaking as an expressive medium.

The MIT Filmmakers Association’s annual AI for Filmmaking Hackathon assembles a vibrant mix of MIT students, faculty, and distinguished speakers and judges, encouraging beginners and seasoned filmmakers alike to explore AI tools for film production. In our previous iteration, themed "Tell me your dream," approximately 70 participants produced 8 short films in just one day. We were honored to host luminaries such as television producer Greg Daniels, director David Rogers, MIT Media Lab researcher Pat Pataranutaporn, Brown University's Assistant Professor in AI James Tompkin, and content strategist Ben Relles, formerly YouTube's head of comedy.


Why it's called "Space I Call Home"?

Our theme for 2024, "Space I Call Home," invites us to consider the many facets that make a space feel like home, be it the décor and furniture that facilitate living, the cherished memories with family, or the environmental and cultural symbols that foster a sense of belonging and peace.

We expect participants may use a variety of cutting-edge AI tools for 3D object modeling, motion capture, image and video generation, segmentation, music composition, sound design, and video editing. We look forward to seeing how filmmakers use these technologies in innovative ways to craft compelling films.

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    Jan 1, 2024 - Feb 14, 2024

    Registration for our upcoming hackathon before 23:59pm February 13, 2024 EST. Upon successful registration, we will grant free credits for various tools to accounts associated with the email you provide. Therefore, please ensure you create accounts using this email beforehand to facilitate a seamless upgrade to your account. Please complete the registration process by filling out the Google Form at the following link:

    Complimentary credits will be given to participants by Feb 17.

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    By Feb 17, 2024, 8:30pm

    Participants must submit a team form in order to participate in our hackathon. Please ensure that your team, consisting of up to 6 members, is formed by 8:30 PM EST on February 17. Team leaders should complete your team registration using the following form.

    While teams may have more than 6 members, please note that a maximum of 6 gifts will be awarded per team in the event of winning any prize.

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    Feb 18, 2024: Hackathon Day

    Teams are required to submit their films in MP4 format, with a minimum resolution of 1080p and a duration exceeding 2 minutes. The deadline for remote participants is 2pm EST, for in person participants is 5:30pm EST. See detailed agenda at

    We plan to host our submission on FilmFreeWay. See the submission guideline below.

Participation rules

Our events welcome both participants and the general audience (attending the panels and screening).

  • Participants: You must be above 18 to participate in our hackathon. There is no restriction on your nationality or education background.
  • General audience (online): You must be above 18.
  • General audience(in person): General attendees are welcome on both February 17th and February 18th, provided they do not interfere with the participants' activities.
    • Case 1: You have a valid MIT ID.
    • Case2: Your friends (registered participants or MIT students) let you in. You have to fill out a google form at the registration desk on the 6th floor.
    • Besides these two cases, we are not responsible for letting anyone in.

Submission rules

Your films must meet the following criteria:

  • Theme Relevance: Films should explore the theme "space I call home."
  • AI Relevance: Incorporate at least one AI technology developed or updated within the last two years
  • Length: Minimum length is 2 minutes. Films over 5 minutes are welcome, but only the first 5 minutes will be shown due to time limitations(Judging will also be based on the first 5 minutes.)
  • Originality: This film must not have been screened elsewhere prior to this hackathon. Preparations, including collecting footage or beginning production, can commence before the hackathon. You are welcomed to continue working on the film after the hackathon and used for other purposes.
  • Acknowledgment: Please ensure that your film includes a credit for the "MIT AI for Filmmaking Hackathon 2024" and "MIT Filmmakers Association" at the end of the film. Adding our logo (see below) in the end of the film is not mandatory but highly encouraged.
  • Publicity: It's your choice to have your film featured on our social media platforms. Ensure your film can pass YouTube's copyright checks if you opt for social media sharing.
  • Overdue: The submission process requires detailed information and takes more than 5 minutes. Please plan accordingly. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Completeness: Incomplete films, as determined by our committee, will not be screened to maintain the quality of the event.

You can select multiple tracks, each corresponding to one award category:

Best Film

All films are automatically eligible for Best Film. No further action needed.

Judging criteria:
1. Artistic Merit: This encompasses various aspects like the film's originality, storytelling, cinematography, editing, acting, directing, and overall impact.
2. Technical Excellence: The quality of sound design, visual effects, production design, and other technical aspects contributing to the overall experience.
3. Cultural Impact: The film's ability to resonate with audiences, spark conversation, and leave a lasting impression.
4. Emotional Resonance: The film's ability to connect with viewers on an emotional level and evoke feelings.

Video generation

Your film should contain parts made with AI image/video generation tools.

Judging criteria:
1. Visual appeal and artistic quality of the video produced.
2. Consistency and flow of frames within each clip.
3. Contribution of the visuals to enhancing the story's narrative.

3D generation

Your film should contain parts made with AI 3D generation tools.

Judging criteria:
1. Visual appeal and artistic quality of the 3D objects/scenes.
2. Contribution of the 3D assets to enhancing the story's narrative.

Character (acted by human/created by AI)

Your film should contain one or more consistent character. They could be either made with AI or acted by human/animals.

Judging criteria:
1. Character's ability to express emotions and appear authentic and relatable.
2. Character's uniqueness, without relying on existing intellectual property.
3. Effectiveness in embodying or conveying the story's central themes.

Music/Sound (human/AI)

Your film must contain original music, either created by human or AI. You must describe which part of the music was original. eg. 0:00-0:30 created by human; 1:04-1:18 created by AI.

Judging Criteria:
1. We look for films with original music that are emotionally resonating and tailored to the film’s style and mood.

AI Voiceover

1. Your film should contain parts made with AI voiceover tools.
2. You must describe which part of the voiceover was created with AI. eg. 1:04-1:18 created by AI.

Judging Criteria:
1. Assess whether the AI voiceovers can emotionally resonate and accurately reflect the character's personality.

XR film

Your film must be made for the XR device. But here, you should submit the video version of it.

Judging criteria:
1. Whether this film take advantage of the XR system and tells an appealing story.

Creative usage of AI

Your film should leverage AI technology beyond standard commercial tools. For instance, you developed your own AI model. You used LLM to create scripts for Unity. You manipulated AI robotics for acting purposes. You must clearly describe which technology do you use in the submission form.

Judging criteria:
1. Evaluate the effectiveness of AI technology in enhancing the storytelling.