April 28, 2011

Possible Futures Film Contest Offers Cash and a Trip to the Amazon Jungle for Films that 'Make a Difference'

The Possible Futures Film Contest is now open for submissions of 1-5 minute shorts. I like the sound of this contest, as submitted films should "envision a new, positive, possible future for the world. One that is environmentally sustainable, socially just, peaceful and spiritually fulfilling." The contest is put on by The Pachamama Alliance, located in the Ecuadorian Amazon (where, coincidentally, I shot a short doc several years ago). Here's a video about the positive-themed contest, which runs until June 21st:

It's nice to see a contest specifically looking for meaning and message; to wit, here's the judging criteria.

The contest is about the passion of global voices coming together to share visions of a positive future. An essential factor is your relationship with the subjects of the categories. It isn’t important whether your film is made with a high definition camera or a camera phone – it is simply a matter of the heart of your story and what it represents for humanity.

Awards total $30k and include a $10k and $5k cash prize (each of which comes with a trip to the Amazon), a $2,500 People's Choice award and four $1,000 People's Choice category winners. Check it out:

Link: Possible Futures Film Contest

Your Comment


Interesting. Thanks for the link.

From their website I get the sense that they only want positive visions and that there is no room to express the forces of antagonism. In my humble opinion these kind of story are limited in their ability to engage people.

You could say that because we're swamped with negative news on a daily basis that our culture is steeped in kind of cynicism and that we really more need inspiration.

I just wish the categories invited more balanced expressions of future possibilities. That way they would have the potential to be much more inspiring. Take The Shawshank Redemption for example. Would that have been more or less inspiring if life in prison was all peachy, and hopelessness was never a threat?

April 30, 2011