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**OPEN CALL for STORY Submissions -- Deadline: July 1st, 2014**

Sundance Institute, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, invites YOU, the storytellers from around the world, to be a part of our first-ever Short Film Challenge.

 

The Challenge: Share your unique, compelling and personal Story (fiction or documentary) to be made into a Short Film by a renowned Sundance Institute filmmaker. Tell us a Story that explores empowering individuals or communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health in all parts of our world. Your Story can be imaginative, unorthodox, daring or simple and must touch on economic inequalities.

 

The Goal: Let’s use the power of independent film and collective creativity to inspire a global conversation around innovative solutions that real people are using to conquer these challenges.

 

The Reward: FIVE winning Story submitters will each earn $1,000 and ONE of those Stories will be made into a Short Film to be directed by a Sundance Institute filmmaker. That Short Film will be shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and its Story author will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Film Festival as the Special Guest of Sundance Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Together we endeavor to illuminate the belief that all lives are connected and worthwhile and the only thing that separates us is the lottery of where we are born. Our dream, through the unlimited power of global storytelling, is to provoke human empathy and open the world’s consciousness to the idea that somewhere, out there, there is another version of you. Someone who struggles for a healthy and productive life because they live in poverty most of us can’t imagine. You can also look at the flipside and explore Another You who has unimaginable resources and enjoys a life where all of their needs and wants are provided easily.

 

We seek hope, and we seek it together. Go ahead - SUBMIT YOUR STORY NOW!

 

 

Are you a filmmaker and want to submit your own Short Film to the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge? Click HERE to SUBMIT YOUR SHORT FILM NOW! Sundance Institute and the Gates Foundation will select FIVE (5) winning Short Films based on the Project Objectives. Each Short Film winner, upon delivery of their Short Film final cut, will receive $10,000 in prizing, have their Short Film shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and get an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Film Festival as the Special Guest of Sundance Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

 

 

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