Direct a Lil Durk Music Video produced by Datari Turner

Craft Syndicate wants to help your cinematic vision get the exposure and recognition it deserves. So we're giving you the opportunity to collaborate with master producer Datari Turner on a Lil Durk music video. Sign up by August 17th for your chance to win our $15K film grant towards directing the short film. The winning director will also receive valuable advice and filmmaking insight from creative entrepreneur Damon Dash.

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Datari Turner: Modern-Day Renaissance Man

With over 15 years of experience, Datari Turner is one of the most prolific and awarded producers in Hollywood. In 2011 and 2012 alone, he produced a total of 11 films, with “Another Happy Day” going on to win the prestigious Waldo Salt Award for Best Screenplay at the Sundance Film Festival. As a genuine triple threat, Turner is as comfortable behind the scenes as he is in front of the camera. The model-turned-producer/writer/ actor, produced, wrote, and co-starred in the films “Video Girl” and the popular indie comedy “Dysfunctional Friends.” As the Creator and Executive Producer of popular shows Growing Up Hip Hop, and Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, Turner has also mastered producing for the small screen. To date, he's overseen over 100 hours of original programming for WE TV, BET, TvOne, Starz, and the Oxygen network.

Damon Dash: Natural Born Hustler

As co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, Damon Dash is synonymous with hustle. His entrepreneurial spirit combined with Jay-Z's musical genius helped the label become an empire during the 90's. At the height of their reign, the partners sold the company to Def Jam Records in a multi-million-dollar acquisition.

Dash has since launched the Rachel Roy fashion brand, and created the media collectives dd172 and Poppington. Most recently, however, Dash has focused his energies on film, having produced and directed several films, including collaborations with Lee Daniels and Kevin Hart. Over the last year, the creative entrepreneur has also started the streaming service

How to enter our film contest

  • Register

    at by August 17, 2017
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    links to your short films using #CraftSyndicate and get followers to share
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What we want to see

We're looking for experienced filmmakers who can tell original stories through compelling visuals. You're free to enter any type of short film, from documentary to music video, comedy, action adventure, and anything in between. You can even submit multiple short films — just be sure they each tell a complete story in under 10 minutes. Good luck.