About the FOCUS! Climate Change Post-Secondary Short Form Video and Digital Media Competition

The Kimberley Foundation aspires to have the FOCUS! Climate Change Post-Secondary Short Form Video and Digital Media Competition become international in exposure and reputation: showcasing Canadian filmmaking excellence and Canadian commitment to climate change awareness building and solution making.

Students currently enrolled (either on a part-time or full-time basis) at Canadian post-secondary institutions (including universities and formalized programs of study at film academies, art institutes, etc.) are invited to submit a short form video (maximum 10 minutes, in digital format) on the subject of Climate Change. The video may address climate change from any perspective: social, scientific, technological, environmental, economical, architectural, and/or on the basis of indigenous or traditional knowledges. It may focus on any aspect of climate change and its Canadian or global impact. However, it should not be limited to the mere definition of climate change, but should address a specific question, issue or solution.

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue unique filmmaking approaches and to push boundaries in their approach to the subject matter. The Foundation is interested in works that use digital and videographic media to find new ways of thinking or perceiving the problem and task of addressing Climate Change.

We welcome film genres of all types: from live action to animation to spoken word to documentary and beyond.

We sincerely hope you will bring your talent to the screen and join us in this endeavour.

What Prizes Will be Awarded?

  • 1 Grand Prize of $7,500 (Cdn)
  • 1 Second Prize of $5,000 (Cdn)
  • Winning films will be publicly screened in Vancouver, BC in May 2019 (travel for winners to attend the screening in Vancouver is included as part of the overall prize package)

How will Videos be Judged?

There are four essential criteria that will be used to evaluate the films submitted to the FOCUS! Climate Change video contest:

  • Overall Creativity
  • Technical Realization
  • Quality and Delivery of Message
  • Impact and Persuasiveness

Judging will occur in three stages:

  1. Stage 1: Videos will undergo an initial evaluation against the judging criteria and a sub-set will be long-listed for further consideration.
  2. Stage 2: Long-listed videos will be forwarded to an international expert panel of judges for further review and the judges will make recommendations as to the top contenders for prizes by the Kimberley Foundation.
  3. Stage 3: Final award decisions will be made by the Board of Directors of the Kimberley Foundation. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their entry into this contest by no later than 4:30 pm PST on April 18, 2019.

The Board retains final decision-making authority and all decisions are final. The Board also reserves the right to limit the number of prizes or to not make an award if the quality of submissions is deemed insufficient to merit recognition.

What are the Rules?

There are a few rules for entering the FOCUS! competition.

Click here to find out the specific guidelines and rules to enter.

When and Where Do I Submit my Entry?

All film entries must be submitted through the Kimberley Foundation website FOCUS! Climate Change Video Contest portal by no later than 4:30 pm PST on March 4, 2019.

Any Questions?

Check out our FAQ page for answers to some of the most frequent questions.

If you have any other questions, please direct them to Ms. Sue Roppel, President, Kimberley Foundation, at info@kimberley-foundation.org.   We thank you for you for your interest in the Focus ! Climate Change Post-Secondary Short Form Video and Digital Media Competition.

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