"Don't do that."
"I have my doubts."
"What is it?"
That might appear like four random lines of dialogue, but it's actually the key to this year's three-minute short movie contest hosted by none other than "Star Trek: Beyond" director Justin Lin.
"M Butterfly" scribe David Henry Hwang wrote the four lines, which must be incorporated in that order for Lin's annual Interpretations Initiative contest for Asian-American filmmakers. Hosted by the blog You Offend Me, You Offend My Family. It's sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal, and tasks filmmakers to tap into their imaginations, finding a way to bring those words to life in just 120 seconds.
"It's not as easy as one would think, to just come up with four lines of dialogue," Hwang told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "The script needs to be broad and fluid enough so that one director could craft a comedy from it, another a speculative fiction story, another an action film, another an experimental work of animation, and so on."
The dialogue was revealed Thursday at CAAMFest, a film event formerly known as the San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival. Competitors can start submitting entries March 31 until June 17. After that, Lin and a panel of judges will select 15 finalists. From there, fans will get a chance to vote online beginning Sept. 6, with three winners announced Oct. 10.
Those winners not only will have their shorts screened at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Oct. 19, but Lin and the media company will mentor the filmmakers on a project.
The first Interpretations contest took place in 2010, and attracted 275 shorts, which resulted in five winners. Lin, through his blog, says he hopes to attract even more this time around.
"The first Interpretations Initiative was such a success that I am very excited to be launching it again, and with a stronger fortitude to really make this more than just a contest, but an opportunity to actually incubate potential careers for budding filmmakers," Lin said on his site. "We want to establish and nurture an Asian American creative community of content creators and enthusiasts where ideas and collaboration is exchanged regularly, and we can see what projects we can develop with emerging talent. It's an exciting time to be an emerging filmmaker."
Lin's latest film, "Star Trek: Beyond," premieres July 22.
For details on the Interpretations Initiative, check out InterpretationsFilm.com.