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Film Your Issue: Lights, camera, action!
FYI - Film Your Issue, an “issue film” competition in its second year, is inviting young Americans to add their voice to the public dialogue on contemporary issues via short films. The competition officially launched Jan. 24 at the Sundance Film Festival.
The competition invites people 18 to 26, including 7 million college and university students on 1,200 campuses nationally, to create 30-to-60-second films -- live action or animated -- on any issue.
Students may also choose from four suggested subcategories: Global issues/ U.N. Millennium Development Goals; Animal Welfare; Arts as a Global Diplomat and Cultural Bridge; and Music-driven, featuring solo, band, or music-video-styled film in which music presents the issue.
Submission deadline is May 1.
George Clooney and Walter Cronkite have written open letters urging young Americans to take part in the competition and add their voices to the public dialogue on pressing social issues.
'Language of this generation'
“It’s very exciting that such a explicitly idealistic outreach can take wings and mushroom so quickly,among media leaders, academia, the Hollywood community, major corporations, government,” says FYI - Film Your Issue founder HeathCliff Rothman. “I think that change in our society has to come from new paradigms. Visuals and film are the language of this generation. We want to engage young Americans in contemporary issues, invite them to tell us what matters to them, empower them to recognize that their voice is welcome and necessary in the public dialogue, in this case via film.”
The semifinalist films will be presented on MSN Video, and the public will be able to vote on their favorites by visiting this MSNBC.com site starting in late May.
Finalists will be determined by a combination of public and VIP Jury votes, to take place May 21-June 15.
The top finalist in each of the five categories will be broadcast on mtvU, mtvU Über at mtvU.com, MSN Video and MSNBC.com, and be invited, along with their faculty adviser, at the closing reception at the United Nations headquarters in New York this summer.
They will also receive a Motorola RAZR V3 mobile phone, and their entries showcased at the Maui Film Festival on June 17. The Vail Film Festival in April will offer the first look of 2006 entries.
The competition is backed by such media partners as Microsoft, USA TODAY,mtvU and Entertainment Weekly; national and international organizations like the United Nations and U.N. Millennium Campaign, The Humane Society of the United States and USC Center for Public Diplomacy; nationally and internationally known figures like Walter Cronkite, George Clooney, Sen. Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Gillian Sorensen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper, Amy Gross and Shashi Tharoor; and the heads of major studios, publishing, broadcasting and music industries.