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Sundance Institute and TED Prize Filmmaker Award


The Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award is requesting proposals for short documentary films about this year’s TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch and her TED Prize Wish. Application deadline is May 1, 2014.

TED Prize Winner Charmian Gooch

As part of the TED Prize, Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program is announcing a request for proposals for the 2014 TED Prize Filmmaker Award. One winner will be awarded $125,000 to produce and deliver a cinematic short film.

The winning filmmaker will tell the story behind the wish for this year’s TED Prize winner, and how progress is made towards achieving this, over the course of the year. The goal is to produce an independent cinematic short documentary film of up to 40 minutes in length and suitable to qualify for the Academy Award in the Best Documentary – Short Subject category.

In addition to delivering a film, the filmmaker must craft a plan for a multi-platform presence for the project’s content in shorter formats, including promos, a trailer and a 3-5 minute version of the film. This content will reflect the drama of the first year’s activities related to the TED Prize winner’s wish.

The 2014 TED Prize winner is Charmian Gooch and her colleagues at Global Witness. During the past 20 years they have been working to expose a global network of anonymous companies that enable corrupt despots to rob a country’s natural resources, fuel regional conflicts, degrade the environment and dodge billions of dollars of taxes.

With TED’s support, Witness is pursuing this wish by unleashing a campaign to rally people, mobilize communities, initiate investigations, and execute high-level interventions targeting governments around the world, including the US, the European Union and the G20 group of leading economies to challenge vested interests and change the system.

If you are the winner of The Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award, the granted $125,000 must cover the costs of qualifying the film for Academy Award consideration. The film must also be made available to Sundance Institute, TED, and the TED Prize winner for their non-exclusive use in perpetuity. The copyright will remain with the filmmakers. Film projects must be completed within 18 months of the Award announcement, with clips to be delivered and screened at TED Vancouver 2015.

Here you can read more about The Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award.

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