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Focus Forward Deadline Extended to Oct. 7 for $200K Cash Prize Package

Focus Forward Deadline Extended to Oct. 7 for $200K Cash Prize Package

$200,000 Filmmaker Competition 

Deadline Extended to Oct. 7!

Pros, Students, Procrastinators still have time to submit 3-minute nonfiction film on innovation and win up to $100,000 because the deadline has been extended to Oct. 7th. Your work deserves to be right up there alongside 30 FOCUS FORWARD shorts, and for selected finalists, that’s exactly what will happen, providing a global showcase like no other. The Grand Prize Winner will be unveiled at Sundance 2013. FF’s jury of industry luminaries, including José Padilha, Barbara Kopple, Daryl Hannah, Caroline Libresco, Joe Berlinger, Peter Wintonick, and Floyd Webb will determine the top five winners, awarding a total of $200K in cash. This is the largest prize package ever offered for nonfiction shorts, so what are you waiting for? It’s FREE to enter. More information and FAQs about the competition can be found at For complete rules and submission guidelines visit www.vimeo/focusforwardfilms/rules.

The four latest FOCUS FORWARD shorts generated a lot of buzz last week at the Melbourne International Film Festival and online after their day-and-date world premiere. If you haven’t seen them yet, take a look. 

Latest Films

Operation Free Lunch | Lixin Fan

Journalist Deng Fei set up the Free Lunch Campaign in 2011 – raising $3.9 million from Chinesesocial-media users in just one year – and pioneered the power of micro-blogging in China’s battle against inequality.

The Auto-Tune Effect | Stanley Nelson

A tuneful look at the unlikely origins of the world’s favorite pitch-modulation audio software and the ways in which its creative impact has been felt by musical artists and listeners worldwide.

The Sky Is NOT The Limit | Ricki Stern & 

Annie Sundberg

A dynamic portrait of Peter Diamandis, the visionary behind the X Prize Foundation, which provides financial awards to spur the next generation of big thinkers and enables inventors to solve the world’s biggest crises. 

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten 

Fredrik Gertten profiles two idealistic young female entrepreneurs who created a revolutionary 21st-century design object everyone told them would be impossible to fashion.

1.3 Million See The Invisible Bicyle Helmet

Fredrik Gertten’s FOCUS FORWARD film, The Invisible Bicycle Helmet, had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival and then went on to receive more than 1 million views online. The film received shout-outs from TechCrunch, VICE, CNN, Reddit, ABC, and tastemakers all over the Web. Watch it now.

The next destination on the FOCUS FORWARD festival train is the Busan International Film Festival (Oct. 4-13) in South Korea. We’re pretty jazzed about our first appearance in Asia and Busan is a true crossroads, a place to meet new friends and future colleagues. Attendees are coming from 60 countries and audiences are expected to exceed 200,000. We have a couple of great World Premieres lined up for them.

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