TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Challenge society's perceptions of
poverty in five minutes: that's the call to action TVO is putting to
Ontario filmmakers as part of the second annual TVO Doc Studio Contest, launching today. Under the theme Poverty in 5, amateur film buffs, budding directors and accomplished filmmakers
alike are invited to capture their perspective on poverty in a
Poverty in 5 is part of TVO's Why Poverty? campaign, which is currently underway. Why Poverty? is a groundbreaking, international initiative aimed at raising
awareness and sparking debate about poverty in the 21st century.
"Poverty touches people and places in unexpected ways," says
award-winning Canadian producer/director and TVO Doc Studio
filmmaker-in-residence Shelley Saywell (Fire and Water, Legacy of Terror, Kim's Story). "We want participants to make us look at or think about poverty in a
way we haven't before. The documentary can be angry, raw, funny or
inspiring. But it has to be honest. The winning film will make us
understand poverty in a new way."
A panel of judges, including Saywell, will evaluate eligible entries and
select the top five films. Entries will be judged on their ability to
challenge commonly held perceptions of poverty, tell a good story and
elicit an emotional response from viewers.
Submissions can be made via YouTube or by mail until Thursday February
28. Complete entry details can be found on the Doc Studio contest page. TVO will showcase five finalists on the Doc Studio site from March 11 to 18, when Ontarians are invited to vote on the
winner. The winning film and filmmaker will be announced on the Doc
Studio site on Monday March 25.
"TVO is committed to supporting and showcasing the work of Canadian
filmmakers, and the TVO Doc Studio Contest is one of the ways in which
we do this," says TVO's commissioning editor, Jane Jankovic. "We're
thrilled to be able to offer Ontarians a platform in which to display
their filmmaking talent and have their say on the subject of poverty -
one of the defining issues of our time."
TVO champions documentaries year-round on air and through Doc Studio, an
online showcase for documentary filmmakers and their work and a
learning community supporting point-of-view filmmaking. A leader in
Canadian point-of-view documentaries, TVO devotes more than half of its
primetime schedule to documentaries and commissions 8 to 10 new
point-of-view documentary films every year.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to
be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded
primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity
supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information,
Where to Find TVO
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