Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Short Films, Big Ideas - win a prize

FOCUS FORWARD " Short Films, Big Ideas is a series of three-minute films highlighting exceptional people and ideas that are changing our lives for the better. If you have an idea for a three-minute nonfiction film around the theme of invention and innovation, then it's time to get to work! The FOCUS FORWARD initiative has 200,000USD in cash prizes to give to the top five entries in the FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Challenge, with 100,000USD going to the Grand Prize Winner. In addition, up to 100 finalists will be featured online at www.focusforwardfilms.com in the fall of 2012 alongside work by SP patron Lucy Walker, Steve James, Victor Kossakovsky, and others. Qualifying films for the Filmmaker Challenge are three-minute end-to-end stories about people or organisations whose innovative efforts in medicine, computer science, robotics, engineering, green energy, or other fields of art and knowledge have had a significant positive impact on humanity. Recent, cutting-edge inventions that are changing how we live today are of special interest. A selection of Challenge films will be available online to a global audience through Vimeo along with the first 30 films produced by FOCUS FORWARD filmmakers. As the program progresses, FOCUS FORWARD films will be distributed across cable and satellite VOD, gaming system networks, Internet Free On Demand services as well as in theaters and on DVD. The Grand Prize and Jury Award winners will be announced at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Submissions close on August 23, 2012. Visit www.focusforwardfilms.com/challenge for more information. Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

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