The PUMA.Creative Impact Award is a major new annual award to honour the documentary film creating the most significant impact in the world. This 50,000 Euro award acknowledges the film’s makers and will help the continuation of the film’s campaign work.
Our aim is to draw attention to the finest social justice filmmaking in the world, with a prize that underlines the role and importance of documentary film in society; a prize that encourages best practice in the filmmaking community, to collect and communicate relevant data on these films. Click here for full press release on the launch of the PUMACreative Impact award.
As individuals and as organisations, we are faced with some serious challenges today such as ongoing conflict, climate change, loss of biodiversity. None of these issues will solve themselves without intervention. We, at PUMA, have chosen to intervene through film because it is the most powerful medium to reach mass audiences and influence opinion formers and will contribute to leaving a better world for generations to come.
Jochen Zeitz, Chairman & CEO of PUMA
The PUMA.Creative Impact Award will be selected by a jury which includes Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; Morgan Spurlock, Academy Award nominated Director of Super Size Me; Orlando Bagwell, Director of the Ford Foundation Social Justice Media Initiative; and Emmanuel Jal, musician and activist.
The call for the PUMA.Creative Impact Award opens on January 21 during the Sundance Film Festival. Anyone can put a film forward from any country—filmmakers, distributors, film festivals, partner organisations including NGOs and Foundations, film critics and journalists. Films can be put forward any time up to three years after release (where the release is defined as first film festival screening, TV broadcast, cinema release or internet release).
Submissions close on April 1, 2011 when Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation will assess applications and produce a shortlist to be assessed by an international Peer Review Committee including: Carol Cone, Executive Vice President of Cone@Edelman; Diana Barrett, President and Founder of Fledgling Fund; Yvette Alberdingkthijm, Executive Director of WITNESS; Pat Aufderheide, Director of Center for Social Media, American University; Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Strategic Programmes at European Cultural Foundation; Heidi Gronauer at EsoDoc; Sarah Hunter, Head of UK Public Policy at Google; Sally Ann Wilson, Secretary-General at Commonwealth Broadcasting Association; Isabel Arrate, Fund Manager at the Jan Vrijman Fund; and Karolina Lidin, Documentary Consultant at the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Sheffield Doc/Fest.
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
Hey doc filmmakers! This is for You!: PUMACreative Impact Award launches at Sundance - Open Call