Friday, June 29, 2012

FUNDING: $200K Filmmaker Challenge for Short Films about Innovation via @thecreatedaily

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$200K Filmmaker Challenge

Have an idea for a three-minute nonfiction film around the theme of invention and innovation? Enter the $200,000 filmmaker challenge.

Focus Forward films highlight exceptional people and world-changing ideas that are impacting the course of human development, changing our lives for the better.

They are looking for professional quality 3-minute stories about visionaries and thinkers and in some cases everyday folks who have brought a quantum leap to human progress by their efforts and inventions.

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.

Learn more.
Submit your film. All submissions must be uploaded byAugust 23, 2012.
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