U.S. net Nat Geo Wild is teaming up with the Sun Valley Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to launch a short film competition that will see the winner heading to Africa for an apprenticeship in wildlife filmmaking.
The ‘WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition’ will accept submissions from April 1 through October 1, 2013. Each film should focus on nature, with the goal of “inspiring people to let the wild into their lives every day through content that is awe-inspiring, real, unexpected and fearless,” the partners said.
The top three finalists will be flown to the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2014, where they will screen their short films for festival attendees and a panel of judges, including Nat Geo Wild exec VP and general manager Geoff Daniels; wildlife expert Casey Anderson; Nat Geo filmmaker Bob Poole; and others, including representatives from Sun Valley and AWF.
The grand prize winner will receive a trip to AWF’s Maasai Steppe Heartland in Tanzania, Africa. There, he or she will receive a crash course in wildlife filmmaking through an apprenticeship with a National Geographic filmmaker.
“Sun Valley Film Festival is passionate about supporting established as well as new filmmakers,” said Ted Grennan, exec director of the Sun Valley Film Festival. “This competition is a wonderful opportunity to discover and nurture fresh talent.”
Films should be no more than 5 minutes long, and will be judged on the following criteria:
· Connection to the theme of “wild to inspire”
· Quality of the storyline and script
· Creativity and/or content originality
· Production quality
“‘WILD to INSPIRE’ showcases Nat Geo Wild’s commitment to supporting filmmakers who are passionate about capturing the awe-inspiring wonder of the natural world that exists both in our own backyards, and in places many of us only dream of going,” said Daniels in a statement.
“Our goal every day is to take our viewers to new wild places, and we are excited to see where each submission in this competition takes us next.”
Filmmakers can enter and get official contest rules by visiting the Vimeo contest page at: https://vimeo.com/groups/wildtoinspire.