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iW NEWS | Participant Productions to Offer Grants in 08’s “Pangea Day”

iW NEWS | Participant Productions to Offer Grants in 08's "Pangea Day"

Participant Productions will take part in “Pangea Day,” a one-day global film event showcasing short films from around the world that is the brainchild of “Control Room” director Jehane Noujaim. The event, slated for May 10, 2008 with venues in Cairo, Dharamsala, Kigali, London, New York City, Ramallah, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv, will be linked to produce a live four-hour program of films, speakers, and music, and the program will be broadcast live through the Internet, television, digital cinemas, and mobile phones. For the “Outstanding Filmmakers Awards Program,” Participant will select five filmmakers, each representing a different continent (with Australia included with Asia) to receive a $5000 filmmakers grant to provide support for these filmmakers to continue making films. In addition, Participant will invite all the filmmakers whose films appear on Pangea Day to submit a treatment for a feature film or documentary. The company will then reward one winner with the “Filmmaker Grant” of $20,000 to continue the development of the treatment and a non-binding first look deal with Participant for the treatment. Noujaim created “Pangea Day” after winning the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) prize which granted her a wish to change the world — no restrictions. [Brian Brooks]

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