Capturing Freedom Short Film Contest 2019: Open for Entries
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The 2019 edition of the Capturing Freedom short film contest revolves around the social aspects of cinematography and the influence it has on its viewers. Winners will be invited to the Transatlantyk Festival in Łódź with travel and accommodation costs covered. The first prize awardee will also receive an action camera. Film school students and graduates aged up to 35 from any country worldwide may submit their films of up to 10 minutes by 5th May 2019.
Since its earliest years, cinematography has been an important means of expression thanks to its universal language. The communal nature of film screenings started with the invention of the cinematograph by the Lumiere brothers, which contributed to motion pictures evolving into a popular communication tool. In countries with limited civic rights, cinematography became an important tool for defending values and undermining others. It has also become one of the loudest critical voices to comment on and describe oppressive realities.
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Despite the political changes of the late 1980s and the technological revolution at the start of the 21st century, cinematography has not lost its power of expression. Its social aspect has become more obvious and universal thanks to the increased access to mobile devices that can record high-definition images, and to the way the Internet allows people to have an unlimited audience.
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This year, the Capturing Freedom Short Film Contest would like young directors to create films about the social and individual nature of freedom. How do you understand freedom in the context of the place you live in? What’s the relationship between your freedom as an individual and the freedom of your community? What are the benefits and restrictions resulting from being a member of a larger group having its own limitations? Is full freedom at all possible? Was Jean-Paul Sartre right to say that we are condemned to be free?
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Let your short films be an answer to the question: what should you do in order to avoid losing your freedom as an individual? To what degree should one give up their freedom for the benefit of their community so that they don’t lose it as an individual?
The deadline for film submissions is 23:59 CET, 5th May 2019.
Application forms, along with rules and regulations, can be found here: https://filmfreeway.com/CapturingFreedom
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