March 25th 2010
Carbon cutting film comp for Magnetic
A short-film competition, titled "Carbon Cuts", being run by Magnetic Island Nature Care Association, is creating intense interest and enthusiasm according to MINCA’s President Wendy Tubman. ‘There’s a definite buzz around’ she said.
‘Carbon Cuts, aims to focus attention on the link between our carbon footprint, and the health of our environment, and thereby us,' Wendy said. ‘There are so many angles to explore within that theme.’
The competition is open to all film-makers, from first-timers to those with a bit of experience behind them. ‘The criteria against which films will be assessed go beyond just technical quality. They include originality, creativity and how likely they are to change people’s carbon-emitting behaviour.
There is a prize pool of $2000 and the judges, yet to be announced, will decide how that pool is to be divvied up between the two age groups (‘under 18s’ and ‘18s and over’) and the place-getters. The judges will not be the only ones with a say; a ‘People’s Choice Award’ will also be up for grabs.
‘We are expecting films of every genre – documentary, ‘mocumentary’, comedy, drama, maybe even animation. And to help participants along we are offering workshops on aspects of film-making run by professionals in the industry.
Wendy stressed that the terms of the grant mean that the timeframe is short. All completed films must be submitted by Wednesday June 2. Judging will take place at the gala award ceremony at ‘all seasons’ hotel, Mandalay Avenue on Sunday 6 June.
‘We are planning to incorporate all the films on a DVD for distribution as a fun and effective educational tool to schools and libraries around the region.’
Islanders and ‘off-shore’ readers are encouraged to start plotting, planning and producing a film now! For further information check out the MINCA website (www.minca.org).
The short-film competition is funded under a Natural Resource Awareness Grant from the Queensland Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
For further information contact Wendy Tubman on 47581003 or 0415 17676.
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