Short films, big ideas

posted on January 15th 2013 in Cinema & Documentary & Social & Video with 0 Comments

<<Who would dare to pit one fatal disease against another… inside the body of a six-year-old patient? The results will shatter all expectations.>> This is the abstract of one of the finalists of this interesting documentary film contest Focus Forward is carrying on.

Focus Forward is an unprecedented new series of 30 three-minute stories about innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention, directed by the world’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers.

Focus Forward films highlight exceptional people and world changing ideas that have impacted the course of human development, past and present, or with great potential to significantly affect how we live in the next generation.

The impressive roster of international filmmakers – innovators in their own right – marshal their talent and energy to deliver an authentic documentary film in their own voice. In the span of three minutes, these films will encompass everything from medical advances to here economically viable “green”-powered homes to the development of wireless technologies in Third World countries, not to mention innovations in transportation and healthcare, gene therapy and waste management, or any other sphere of art and knowledge that inspires them.

Through their eyes you’ll see how engineers, educators, inventors, surgeons, philosophers, social workers and others are utilising their skills and vision to help sow the seeds of a better future.

In the official website (click here) you can watch the first 25 of the 30-film series, the most recent of which made its world premiere at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival.

In mid-January, the Jury will choose which five films will be awarded huge cash prizes at Sundance 2013, including the $100,000 Grand Prize.

Do not hesitate to watch all the candidates and discover the innovations and great ideas that can be shown in 3 minutes.


Video credits: “Fire with fire”, by Ross Kauffman. 

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