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Video for a Cause

October 10, 2007

Here are two contest opportunities I’ve found recently that have both been unused tabs in my Firefox window for a week or two now.  One is being put on by Sony, in their effort to combat cyberbullying and another by Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, as a grant competition to make the best film relating to thalassemia, or Cooley’s Anemia, a “fatal genetic blood disorder that disproportionately affects people of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Northern African, Chinese, South Aisian, Southeast Asian and Caribbean descent,” says the article on Studio Daily about the effort.  It’s purpose is to raise awareness about the disease by sponsoring a competition of film and videomakers to come up with a very effective and informative idea for a short spot about the disease, or other things listed on the site.  Humanitarian effort not enough, well listen to this:

“Five grant winners will be selected to receive — courtesy of program
sponsors Panasonic Broadcast, Abel Cine Tech and CAF— the use of a full
Panasonic P2 HD camera package, including an AG-HPX500 P2 HD camcorder,
Fujinon lens, four 16GB P2 Cards, an AG-HPG10 P2 Gear, and $2,000
towards production costs to create a three- to six-minute, documentary-style video. One grand prize winner will be selected to
receive an equipment/cash award valued at $10,500 (including $5,000 and
a P2 HD equipment package consisting of an AG-HVX200 P2 HD camcorder
and two 16GB P2 cards).”

Now if that isn’t some incentive!  The next competition is the one sponsored by Sony, the Ad Council, and the National Crime Prevention Council, and is more similar to your typical make-something-get-rewarded competition.  Their goal is to “create a video for a public service announcement on the awareness and prevention of cyberbullying.”  This one’s more of the usual all-or-nothing deal, where you make something and then submit it, wait for a response and you either get one or you don’t.  However, the prizes for this contest are very impressive, not only is it yet another humanitarian effort, it’s over $18,000 worth of equipment you win if you’re an independent producer, and over $25,000 worth if you’re part of a school group!  Now if that’s not some freaking incentive, then I don’t know what is!  Best of luck to any and all who decide to pursue this, and post your videos online, send links here, I’d love to see what you came up with!

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