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The 2015 Torch Awards now open for entries

The 2015 Torch Awards is now open for entries. New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising℠ invites young creative talent from the ages of 18-25 to take part in the second annual Torch Awards, a unique competition that explores a creative challenge each year and offers mentor training on how to pitch their idea. This year’s challenge is a 60-second video.

For the 2015 Torch Awards, New York Festivals® has partnered with The Project Solution, an international nonprofit organization that collaborates with small, like-minded nonprofits around the world that require small grants to fund a critical infrastructure project in their region.

“New York Festivals partnered with The Project Solution because we are impressed by their international reach and commitment to community, as well as their ability to funnel 100% of the donations received directly into their projects,” said Alisun Armstrong, Executive Director, Torch Awards. “And with entries and judges coming from more than 70 countries every year, the New York Festivals family extends to the four corners of the world; these projects have a very real, meaningful impact on individuals, yet affect us all.”

Entrants in the 60-Second Spot Challenge will be presenting their creative concept for a one-minute video promoting The Project Solution’s “Subscription for Change” program, and competing for the chance to see their work go live. The video will communicate to people how they can make a real difference in the lives of others by creating a video to assist The Project Solution’s mission.

Five finalist teams will be invited to New York City to present their ideas. Before they head into the pitch, they’ll fine-tune their work during an intensive work session with their mentor—a member of the New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising Executive Jury. The teams will have 10 minutes to pitch their idea to an exclusive jury panel including members of The Project Solution team and members of the New York Festivals Executive Jury.

The Torch Awards was launched in 2014 to champion young creative talent. Young creatives are encouraged to enter and review a brief outlining a marketing opportunity to assist The Project Solution and a chance to see their campaign selected to go live.
There is no entry fee for the Torch Awards. Teams of two to four people 18-25 years of age may enter.

The Project Solution, a nonprofit, was founded in 2009 and started with the simple idea of creating a community of donors to help a community in need. They collaborate with small, like-minded nonprofits around the world that require small grants to fund a critical infrastructure project in their region. Their philosophy is centered on the idea that small solutions can make a big impact. With a dedicated group of annual donors, their focus is on completing projects that offer long-term change.

The 2015 Torch Awards submission deadline is 13 March 2015. Finalist teams will be announced on 9 April. Finalist teams will convene in New York City on 20 May and the winning team will be announced live and will accept their trophy at the New York Show on 21 May.

For more information please visit the Torch Awards website.


New sH2Orts competition in partnership with WaterAid


WorldView is delighted to have partnered with WaterAid to launch a global short film competition called sH2Orts with great prizes and future WorldView grant funding.

The films must be about water, however the choice of story is up to you!

Be as creative as you like! We’d like to see an original take – it could be through the lens of thirst or floods, a drama set in a car wash, or a portrait of the man who waters plants in your local park. We just want to see your best, creative, quirky or simply beautiful short film all about water. The aim is to build a selection of one-minute shorts by aspiring filmmakers that highlight the almost limitless role of water and to showcase these films online on World Water Day in March 2015.

Experienced filmmakers Shekhar Kapur and Phillip Bloom are supporting the competition. With a wealth of experience both as a director and cinematographer, Philip Bloom is the perfect candidate to launch the competition on 26 November. Philip’s promo for the partnership can be seen below.

Shekhar Kapur, an award winning Indian film director, actor and producer will have the difficult role of choosing the overall winner of the competition. He is best known for his BAFTA nominated historical films Elizabeth and The Golden Age, as well as Bollywood films including award-winning Bandit Queen. Revealing some of the criteria for a winning film, he said:

“Through this competition, we’re hoping to see a plethora of ways water impacts on our daily lives through the powerful medium of film. I’ll be looking for individuality and creativity when judging the entries’.

“This is a great opportunity for filmmakers to make a mark for themselves and I’m proud to be working with WaterAid and WorldView on this amazing opportunity for budding filmmakers. I feel passionately about helping the younger generation in and am therefore offering a masterclass with me as one of the prizes.”

The full judging panel will be announced early next year.

The Prizes

Fujifilm have generously donated five great cameras.

The overall winner will receive a Fuji XT 1 with a XF18-135mm lens and a filmmaking masterclass with BAFTA-nominated Director Shekhar Kapur.

The People’s Choice prize winner will receive a Fuji X Pro 1 with 18-55 mm lens and a storytelling masterclass with WorldView.

The three runner’s up will each receive a Fuji X100S.

Competition Information

The competition is free to enter and entrants can film on their own, with friends or as part of a crew. The films can be sent in either .mp4 or .mov format and can be any duration under one minute long.

The shortlisted film makers will be notified at the end of February and the final five winners will be announced on World Water Day 2015 – 22 March.

Furthermore, in 2015 we will be welcoming applications for longer 3-5 minute shorts where grant funding will be available. More information and dates for submitting these longer applications will be announced early next year.

We’re looking for great storytelling told in creative and innovative ways. This is about your imagination, not resources: you can make it on your own or with friends or a crew, using your phone, a top-end camera or anything in between.

With WaterAid’s aim to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to safe, clean water by 2030 and WorldView’s commitment to supporting filmmakers to bring the richness and diversity of the world to mass audiences, we want to use our combined expertise to encourage the creation of an eclectic range of films that celebrate the many facets of water and its fundamental importance to life.

For full details on the competition and how to enter, visit www.wateraid.org/sh2orts.

For more information please contact: sh2orts@wateraid.org.

Job offer : local TV analyst(s)

Nigeria - Kenya – Ivory Coast

Created by Eurodata TV Worldwide, NOTA is a tracking and monitoring service of new TV programs. The NOTA website provides detailed information on every single show, its content, cast, origin, producers, distributor, programming environment and ratings.

Job title:  NOTA TV analyst for Africa (Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast)

Part time (1-2 hours per day)

Home working

Tasks:

· Daily identification  of new entertainment, factual and fiction television programs on a

selection of African TV channels

· Writing standardized reports  with a description of the programs and production credits

· Recording and sending videos  of the identified television programs to the NOTA team in

Paris

Profile:

·  Strong interest in television and media business

·  Excellent writing skills in English

·  Organized, reliable

·  Internet connection, access to pan-Africa and national TV channels in Nigeria, Kenya and

Ivory Coast (or possibility to subscribe)

Contact:  please send your application to the NOTA team: e-nota@eurodatatv.com

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