In brief, as part of its “Look Different” initiative, with a focus on erasing racial, gender, and anti-LGBT bias, MTV has announced a “Look Different Creator Challenge,” which provides filmmakers with the opportunity to pitch video project ideas on the subject of privilege. Three (3) winning ideas will be financed (up to $20,000) and produced by MTV.
The deadline for submissions is October 16, so you’ve got about 2 weeks!
From the initiative: “MTV and Look Different are looking for emerging filmmakers to create a groundbreaking video project for the campaign that would bring a creative new outlook to the subject of privilege as it relates to the filmmaker in today’s world. Possible subjects could include racial, gender and sexual orientation privilege, among others. Privilege is not something that people necessarily do, create or take advantage of on purpose. Being in a dominant group often leads to certain advantages that most people aren’t even aware they have. The video projects selected would shine a light on these privileges to help create awareness, build empathy and propel action. We’ll choose three projects to produce and potentially distribute on MTV’s vast digital and cross-platform channels… Winning proposals will be selected by MTV and a panel of notable judges including Jose Antonio Vargas, Kal Penn, Franchesca Ramsey, Max Joseph, Carter Covington, and Laci Green based on the creative merits of the proposal, the originality of the project, the project’s ability to provoke conversation, and the feasibility of the budget ($10-20K).”