A new film contest
By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Anyone who has had the nerve to try and create their own business knows that it is one of the toughest things you can do. The amount of work to build a business is incredible and it takes people of a certain fortitude to make it.
Audience Awards has been sponsoring contests like the Audience Awards 2016 Fusion Doc Challenge, which challenged filmmakers to create a mini-documentary in five days. Now they’ve partnered up with the internet hosting and cloud platform company GoDaddy to launch the Small Business Stories Video Contest. They’re challenging filmmakers to make a short documentary on small businesses from their own town. Here’s the description:
“Point your camera at those diligent, passionate human beings brave enough to start a small business and tell their unique story, as only filmmakers can, about the triumph and heartbreak that comes with investing heart and soul into making small businesses work.”
With $21,500 in cash prizes available, filmmakers will have to find an interesting small business story to tell in a succinct one to two minutes. The contest is free to enter, but will require an Audience Awards account in order to apply. Here’s what director of content marketing at GoDaddy, Christopher Carfi, said about the contest:
“We can all be inspired by the stories of small, independent ventures that power the global economy. We are pleased to partner with Audience Awards to offer an opportunity for filmmakers to capture the true essence of what it takes be a small business owner today.”
Paige Williams, founder and CEO of Audience Awards and award-winning documentary filmmaker, added:
“We are proud to partner with GoDaddy for the Small Business Stories challenge and lend the talents of our community of filmmakers to give hardworking, small business owners a chance to tell their inspiring stories.”
The contest tells applicants not to worry about polish but to focus on the story. The due date for entries is February 13, 2017 and voting will open the following day and close on February 21st. The top ten voted documentaries by audiences will join ten preliminary jury selected films. The final jury winners will then be announced a few days later on February 23rd. Here’s a list of the awards:
- 1st Place – $10,000
- 2nd Place – $3,000
- 3rd Place – $1,500
- 7 Honorable Mentions – $1,000 Each
For more information and to apply for the contest, visit the Audience Awards website here.