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Are you a filmmaker who wants to change the world?

May 15, 2010

Link TV, the largest independent TV broadcaster in the country, is calling all filmmakers who want to change the world to submit short films, with prizes of up to $50,000.

On April 30, 2010, Link TV launched an online film competition – the ViewChange Online Film Contest – to find short films showing how international development efforts are impacting the lives of the world’s poorest and tracking the progress towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  These short videos will be used to raise awareness, inspire action, and accelerate the worldwide movement to reduce extreme poverty by 2015.  Link TV wants to see the personal stories behind these global targets.

Online voters from around the world will be joined by a distinguished panel of celebrity judges, who will determine the finalists. The judges’ panel includes: Gael García Bernal, actor and director; Wim Wenders, director; Danny Glover, actor, director and UN Ambassador; Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Chair of the Committee on Appropriations; Angélique Kidjo, Grammy-Award winning musician and UN Ambassador; and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of “Purple Hibiscus” and MacArthur Fellow.

Check out the trailer:

Are there certain categories for the contest?

People can submit their five-minute films in one of these categories:

  • Sustainability: Solutions that last. Growth and development with a plan.
  • Innovation: New solutions to old problems. Creative ideas for otherwise stagnant or persistent issues. Emerging technologies in health, agriculture, education, and environmental protection.
  • Overcoming Conflict: Stories of success in the face of conflict.  Grassroots efforts to overcome overwhelming obstacles.
  • Empowerment: Stories of initiative, of people improving their own lives and the lives of those like them. Transcending barriers like gender.
  • Leadership & Governance: Steps forward in accountability, freedom, or citizen engagement in government. Advances in civil/human rights; progress toward reforming broken systems.
  • Local/Global Partnerships: Teamwork between on-the-ground efforts and governments, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, and private initiatives.

What do the winners get?

Link TV is offering a $5,000 prize to the winner of each category, and a $20,000 grand prize.

How to submit a short film?

Contestants can upload their submissions to the project’s Website:

Who will decide who wins?

In addition to the celeb judges, anyone can go to the contest site to vote on their favorite films from Sept. 1-15.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced in October 2010.

Where should I go for more information? or become a fan on Facebook.

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