Relativity Media’s Rogue and AMC Theatres have launched the Big Break Movie Contest to offer film-makers with previously undistributed features the opportunity to obtain exclusive on-screen distribution.

Submissions will be accepted from August 16 to October 15 and a panel of judges will select five finallists who will have professional trailers created for them by the Rogue team and debuted online at where the general public can vote.

The winning film will be released across the country in 50 AMC theatres for at least one week as part of the AMC independent (AMCi) programme. The winning film will be announced on December 20 and will tentatively be released in spring 2011.

The judges are Kate Bosworth, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, AMC Theatres vice-president of specialty and alternative content Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Relativity president of worldwide production Tucker Tooley,’s editor-in-chief Jimmy O, and Youtube’s Beyond The Trailer creator Grace Randolph.

“Rogue has always stood for doing it your way; breaking the mould” said Kavanaugh. “We are always looking for ways to support and embrace new and inspired talent, who dare to do it their way. That’s exactly what this contest is about.”

“AMC Theatres is proud to bring together a talented and diverse judging panel for this contest,” Denson-Randolph added. “Through our AMCi programme, we exhibit our passion for bringing independent movies to the big screen and we are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to bring a great film to our guests.”