“Invention and Innovation” is the theme of this film making challenge from Focus Forward. Anyone can create three minute videos around this theme and submit their entries by mid April 2012. The main attraction of this competition is its prize money and the entry in film festivals. A whooping cash prize of $200,000 will be distributed among the top five winners. The winner will be announced in 2013 and the grand prize winner alone will get $100,000.
Focus Forward – short films, big ideas, powered by Cinelan a video publisher based in New York City, is a new documentary series featuring 30 three minute videos. The first five videos in this three minute video documentary series is just premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and online on Vimeo.
Focus Forward has asked some of the world’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers ’ including Morgan Spurlock, Jessica Yu, Stanley Nelson, Lixin Fan, Steve James, Joe Berlinger, Lucy Walker, and more ’ to create 30 three-minute stories on everything from gene therapy to wireless technology to waste management. Films from the series will be premiered online and at festivals throughout the year. In fact, the first five Focus Forward films (alliteration is cool) just premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Create three minute non fiction videos on the said subject and join the Focus Forward film maker Challenge. Prize money details I’ve already mentioned above. Get ready. Pick your Camera. No matter which Camera you use. But the film should be in HD. You can submit your entries on this April and the winners will be announced at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Focus Forward Three Minute Videos Challenge. Is it Country Specific?
This is not a country specific contest. No matter wherever you live in this world, you can submit your entry for this contest and there is no age restriction too. If the prevailing laws in your country allow you can participate in this challenge. You can submit as many videos as you wish, but should meet the quality and standard stipulated.
If you want inspiration there are five videos (3 minute) already available in this genre on Vimeo.
- Heart Stop Beating | Jeremiah Zagar
- Newton Creek Digester Eggs: The Art of Human Waste | David Leitner
- The Landfill | Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit
- Meet Mr. Toilet | Jessica Yu
- Hilary’s Straws | Phil Cox
These are the videos premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Here is the challenge page on Vimeo : Focus Forward Three Minute Film Challenge