COMPETITION: 1-minute-films to save the world
16.11.2010Young film-makers are being asked to take part in an international film competition by entering 1minute films on regional climate change.
International film makers and leading NGOs are joining forces to use short films to put political pressure on the world’s leaders at COP16, Cancun, Mexico 2010.
The films will be shown on the internet, at targeted political screenings and film festivals worldwide. Submissions are encouraged immediately.
“These films are valuable public service announcements that need to be seen!” said Juan Carlos Brandt of 2009 1 minute to save the world’s winning films. (Chief of Advocacy, United Nations, Department of Public Information)
2010 saw devastating heat and natural disasters, such as the floods in Pakistan. It is more pertinent now than ever before for the global community to share their stories and have their opinions seen and heard in an expressive and collective way to promote tangible change.
Award winning film director and climate change activist Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, Bandit Queen), Frank Oz (Star Wars, The Muppet Show) and UNICEF’s Copenhagen 4, a group of young climate activists, are among the competition’s impressive line-up of judges.
"The great thing about a one minute film is that it can be as pure and passionate as an idea. It does not need to be polluted by becoming an enterprise, a complexity or the desire to make it a work of art,” Shekhar Kapur, judge for 1 Minute To Save The World.
Collaborating partners include Sony’s Open Planet Ideas, UNICEF, United Nations Development Program, the British Council, The British Film Institute (BFI) and Greenpeace.
Prizes for this year’s competition include a £5000 Youth Vision prize by Artist Project Earth, and the latest digital technology from Sony, the NEX VG10 camcorder, for the Best Film by a person under 18 years of age.
“We hope that the global community of young filmmakers will be inspired to give their creative feedback, ideas and messages and we will be looking forward to seeing their 1minute films", said Competition Director Jessica Dunlop. “Anyone can participate by sharing the films with their online communities, commenting on the films and voting for their favourites to win the Audience Award”
Advertisers and multinationals have long recognised the power that just 60 seconds of film can have. The first 1minute competition took place in the lead up to COP15 and were screened as part of the UN’s public art exhibit in Copenhagen, in the House of Commons UK, and online to an audience of over 11 million viewers with the aim of swaying public opinion and political will.
1 minute to save the world 2009 received 203 films from 35 countries.
76000 people from 176 countries voted for their favourite films.
The winning films attracted a global audience of 11 million.
President: Clare Wise (Executive Vice President Focus Features Int, NBC Universal)
Executive Producer: Diana Phillips, Independent Filmmaker (Alfie, Death at a Funeral)
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