Digital Cinematography Student One of 20 Finalists in Ron Howard’s Project Imaginat10n Contest

Congratulations to Digital Cinematography student Dan Foley, who is one of 20 film director finalists in Canon’s Project Imaginat10n competition.

Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard; his daughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard; and a panel of judges will watch all 20 short films and choose five to premiere at the Canon Project Imaginat10n Film Festival this fall. (Check out this interview with Bryce Howard on our sister site, Get in Media).

The Canon project has had several phases and is based on Ron Howard’s assertion that “we’re all creative.” In the first phase of the project, Canon held a photography contest, challenging entrants to interpret 10 storytelling themes through their photos. Judges chose 91 photos as winners.

Dan participated in Canon’s film contest. To create his short Tied Up, Dan and the other film contestants were required to choose 10 of the winning photos for inspiration. (Click here to check out the films of all 20 finalists).


Dan’s film is a whimsical, comedic piece that portrays childhood imagination. It features his nephew, Kai.

“He is an amazing little dude who takes direction very well and is fantastic to work with,” says Dan, whose own dream is to be a full-time actor or director.


As part of the project, five celebrity directors also developed films based around the photos. The celebrity directors included Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman, and James Murphy.

The five winning amateur films will be packaged with the five celebrity films as “A Ron Howard Presentation.” The directors of the five winning amateur films will also earn $5,000 and a trip for two to the premiere event in New York City.

Dan says he is thrilled to have made it this far in the competition.

“While I don’t win anything tangible by making it to the finals, I do win the opportunity of a lifetime, which is the chance for one of my idols, Ron Howard, to see my work!” says Dan. “That, to me, is priceless.”