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We are working to bring groups of creative and driven individuals together to encourage discussion on political, social or economic topics affecting their communities and day to day life. In an effort to give a voice to the growing oppressed and disenfranchised we wish to give them an opportunity to display their creative views (interpretation of) on issues surrounding both local and global communities through film. These issues can vary from poverty to outside views of themselves, their communities and even internal expressions of day to day conflicts that they may experience.

We are working to create growth within the communities and establishing future partnerships between these creative groups to increase the level of deliberation and thoughtful resolution on topics affecting them. Our hopes are to create a cross generational batch of free thinkers willing to discuss hard topics of social and economic inequality who will work for a more peaceful, diplomatic and accepting future. 

In our first year we will be covering the topics of poverty (How does it affects different groups?), the phrase “Fear me not, I mean well” (A topic to showcase creative stories of power and how it is used or perceived.), and applicant’s own stories or topics be it fiction or nonfiction. If we achieve nothing else, we will at least raise the level of informed debate. 

Filmmakers can win up to $1,500 and 17 other cash prizes are up for grabs. Our categories reflect our goals, mirroring what we stand by: Living in poverty pushes filmmakers to think out of the box about an issue that is so often put in the dark, and prodded with opinion. We aim to put a floodlight on poverty, with a globe at its center. Identity narratives are the best way to help feel how constricting and different slipping on someone else’s shoes truly is. This is the key to diversity, you never feel closer to someone else after you not only hear, but see their story. “Fear me not, I mean well,” allows contestants to find a common ground on grim issues while being playful and creating awareness for the issue of their choice. Registration and submission begins May 14, 2016 and goes until January 31, 2017. 

 

Prizes:

We will be giving a total of 18 prizes and one grand prize. 1st is $500, 2nd is $300, 3rd is $150, per age group and category. The best out of all six first place winner will receive an additional $1,000. We may have additional prizes from sponsors for those who did not win, and a certificate for all those who apply.

Events:

All events will be announced by January 31, 2017.