Thursday, April 25, 2013

Did your film have an impact?

The PUMA Impact Award is an annual prize honouring the best in documentary filmmaking. The 50,000 Euro award, given to one documentary that has made the greatest social or environmental impact, acknowledges the film's makers and also helps the continuation of the film's campaigning work.

Anyone can put a film forward from any country. Films can be put forward any time up to three years after release. Independent creative documentary films on any subject are welcome, from social justice issues to the environment and in any form, from expository to observational.
In order to be considered for the award, each filmmaking team must submit data demonstrating evidence of the film’s social impact, for example:
• How a film demonstrably changed public awareness of a given issue

• Influenced corporate policy on sustainability or workplace issues

• Impacted lawmakers & politicians triggering reviews or enquiries

• Affected consumer purchasing or voting decisions

• How the film helped build capacity or raised funds for campaign organisations and other partners
Past winners of the award are The End of the Line in 2011, an environmental documentary on the overfishing of the world’s oceans, and Budrus in 2012, about non-violent demonstrations conducted by the residents of Palestinian village Budrus to protest against the building of the Israeli West Bank barrier.

Recipients of the Jury Commendation have been Josh Fox's anti-fracking polemic Gasland, and Burma VJ, about the video journalists who risked their life to report the 2009 Burmese uprising.
Do you have a film that is eligible? have your seen or worked with a film that should be up for the award? If so, please spread to your networks.
Find out more and apply

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