Young people from around the Commonwealth are invited to enter the 2011 Commonwealth Vision (film) Awards, organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society in London. Deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday 1st August 2011
Would you like to see your film broadcast internationally and receive wide-spread recognition? Would you like to to win a trip to London worth £2000? Would you like the chance to meet famous filmmakers from Commonwealth countries?
The Commonwealth Vision Awards promote excellence in filmmaking. Open to actual and prospective filmmakers from within the Commonwealth under the age of 30, the Vision Awards challenge filmmakers to make a short film, under 4 minutes long, on a developmental theme.
Young people are invited to make their voice heard on a global platform by engaging with the issues that mean the most to them. This year’s Commonwealth theme is ‘Women as Agents of Change’ – entrants should think about the opportunities and barriers faced by women around the world and the roles they play in their family, community and nation. The winners are often those making a film for the very first time and what we are looking for is a creative spark, a unique insight, or a new idea!
Top prizes include monetary awards, film equipment, internships and submission to prestigious film festivals around the Commonwealth. In 2010, a selection of the filmmakers behind the judges’ favourite entries were flown to London for workshops led by professional filmmakers, and to receive their prizes from the award winning filmmaker, Gurinder Chadha. Details of this year’s top prize will be revealed at the end of June.
In 2010, the top prizes went to filmmakers from South Africa, Cameroon, Malaysia, Kenya, Canada and the United Kingdom. Take a look at their winning entries here: www.thercs.org/youth/visionfinalists. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are given to entrants in both the under-18 and 18-30 categories
Who can take part?
Entrants must be under 30 and from or resident in a Commonwealth country. Whether you shoot on 35mm or Mini DV. Further information can be found here: www.thercs.org/youth/visionawardstakingpart.
How to enter
Make a film connected to the theme ‘Women as Agents of Change’ of up to 4 minutes long and submit it online by 1st August. www.rcsregister.org/public/index/index.
Alternatively, you can post the film on YouTube (or a similar site), and email the link together with a completed entry form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Postal entries can also be made by printing and completing the application form and sending it together with your entry, to the appropriate address. Download an entry form here: www.thercs.org/youth/visionawardsenterhere.
In addition there is also a corresponding version of the the Awards for Photographers, you can visit the page dedicated to that here: http://www.thercs.org/youth/photoawards