Your film may encompass anything from jaw-dropping medical advancements to renewable energy breakthroughs; open-source architecture to the development of wireless technologies in Third World countries; computer programming wizardry to sci-fi-worthy robotics; or any other sphere of art and knowledge that inspires you. They're especially interested in the accomplishments of inventors, engineers, educators, surgeons, scientists, techies, artists, programmers, backyard tinkerers - i.e. anyone making a difference, utilizing their skills and vision to innovate, share their work, and help sow the seeds of a brighter future.
Submitted films must be three minutes in length, suitable for all screens and all audiences. Be sure it is clear in your film what the innovation/invention is (and/or the person responsible for it), as well as what its significant human impact has been. These films can be narrated or purely observational, interview-based or expressionistic; HD, film, animation, and mixed formats are all welcome. Be creative—think cinematically.
A selection of Focus Forward films will be distributed and shown all over the world and up to 100 finalists will be featured online. The Jury Prize finalists will be announced in December.
You don't have to be a professional filmmaker to enter.
1st Place (the Grand Prize): $100,000
2nd Place: $50,000
3rd Place: $30,000
4th Place: $10,000
5th Place: $10,000
In addition to the cash prizes, the Top 100 Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge Films will be presented for audience viewing and voting. The Top 10 films according to the number of audience votes will be recognized on the websites as audience choice films.