Faith Shorts 2012: Call for Entries

Grab your video camera because the Tony Blair Faith Foundation has announced its call for entries to all young filmmakers for this year’s Faith Shorts film competition!

Faith Shorts is a global film competition that provides young people with the opportunity to express their faith through film, and anyone between the ages of 14 and 27 can submit a short film showing how faith impacts their life and the lives of those around them.

Last year young Canadian Baha’is Blair Cameron and Nadim Merrikh won the competition with their rap video about the importance of young people being agents of social change.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation encourages young people to apply:

I am delighted to announce the launch of Faith Shorts 2012. Now in its third year, this global short film competition provides young people with a creative and innovative opportunity to showcase their personal views about faith, their ideals and the world around them. More than ever before, filmmaking has the power to expand the reach of religious ideas to new horizons. But film also has the power to shape public perspectives on religious traditions. Films that feature faith often focus on religious conflict and division, leaving out scores of positive stories of co-existence and co-operation. It is my hope that this competition continues to nurture a generation of young people who embrace and respect difference rather than fear it.

The Foundation is accepting film submissions from 29th March – 9th July 2012, and entries will be judged by a panel that includes Tony Blair and actors Hugh Jackman and Jet Li.

Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to London where the winning films will be premiered at a red carpet event in central London.

Don’t have a video camera? Well Faith Shorts is designed to be as accessible as possible, so those who don’t have access to film making equipment can apply to win a portable video camera as well.

It would be great to see more Baha’is enter the competition this year!

To learn more about Faith Shorts 2012, and to enter this year, please visit the Faith Shorts website or follow it on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for more than a decade and he’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. He has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the DawnBreaker Collective and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of MANA albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the Building Momentum and Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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