If you’re a filmmaker with 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 – Short Films, Big Ideas initiative is giving away $200,000 in cash prizes to the top five entries in the Filmmaker Challenge, with $100,000 going to one Grand Prize Winner, the largest award ever given to a short documentary film. In addition, up to 100 finalists will be featured online at www.focusforwardfilms.com and www.vimeo.com/focus forwardfilms alongside work by Jessica Yu, Steve James, Lucy Walker, Victor Kossakovsky, and other FOCUS FORWARD filmmakers. Winners will be announced at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. And it’s FREE to enter.
Qualifying films for the Filmmaker Challenge are three-minute end-to-end stories about people or organizations 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. Be sure to let others know about this groundbreaking competition—it’s all about celebrating advancements in culture and technology, so you’ll be helping to spread the word about positive change. That’s something we can all get behind.
Looks like Focus Forward can also get behind the IDA—they've recently signed on as Silver Sponsors of the upcoming 28th annual IDA Documentary Awards! Focus Forward joins Authentic Entertainment and ABC News Videosource as official sponsors of this year's prestigious event.
Be aware that submissions to the Short Films, Big Ideas initiative close on August 23, 2012.
Visit focusforwardfilms.com/#challenge for more information.