Sundance announces global short-film challenge
Published: January 22, 2014 05:22PM
Updated: January 22, 2014 09:50AM
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Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper, left, Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, center, and Robert Redford, founder and president of the Sundance Institute, share a laugh during the opening news conference of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Park City, Utah. The independent film festival runs Jan. 16-26, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Park City • The Sundance Institute announced a new element to the Sundance Film Festival: A global call for short films about overcoming poverty and hunger.

The executive director of the institute made the announcement Tuesday during the festival. Keri Putnam is inviting documentary and narrative filmmakers from around the world to submit short films that tell empowering stories about individuals or communities conquering hunger and poverty.

She says the aim of the contest is to inspire ideas, discussions and solutions through films “that inform and engage audiences in ways that are as innovative and imaginative as the solutions people are putting into action every day.”

Five winners will be shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and the filmmakers will receive $10,000 each. The Short Film Challenge is separate from the festival’s regular short-film competition.

The new contest launched Tuesday afternoon with a private screening of five films made with production grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is supporting the Short Film Challenge.