Sundance Institute, TED collaborate on short doc challenge

The organizations are supporting a short doc project about educator Sugata Mitra (pictured), the recent winner of the annual TED prize, and will give the winning proposal US$125,000.
February 28, 2013

A partnership between the Sundance Institute and non-profit organization TED is geared towards the creation of a short doc project about Sugata Mitra (pictured), the recent winner of the annual TED prize, and will offer the winning proposal US$125,000.

Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund will receive proposals for the TED Prize Filmmaker Award from March 1 to April 15, and oversee the selection process with TED, the organization that aims to promote “ideas worth spreading” via a series of annual conferences, local events, and its TED Prize.

TED and the Institute will be looking for a project that highlights the work of professor and educator Mitra over the course of the first year and a half after winning the TED award. Mitra won $1 million for his plan to launch a “School in the Cloud” where retired teachers Skype into “classrooms” all over the world, with a focus on remote and underserved areas.

More details on how to apply can be found here.

The winning proposal for the documentary will be announced at TED Global in Edinburgh in June.

“Through the Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award, documentary film will bring to life the extraordinary vision of Sugata Mitra’s large-scale collaborative project, providing a record of his work and an inspiring way for audiences to engage with the ideas behind it,” said Keri Putnam, executive director of Sundance Institute.

“The TED Prize is awarded to remarkable individuals who have a great vision and a world changing wish, and will use the prize to build on their bodies of work,” said Lara Stein, director of the TED Prize. “The Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award not only provides a vehicle for telling the TED Prize winner’s story, but will engage a wider global audience to participate in the recipient’s wish.”

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