Yes it can! The right 30-second short will help you achieve your artistic goals, benefit your community, and possibly even save lives...
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Gilead Sciences, Inc. are inviting submissions to the Festival’s first ever B Real Film Contest to produce a 30-second short to raise public awareness about hepatitis B. Finalists will have their videos shown online and during the Festival, and viewers will be able to vote for their favorites. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Grand Prize and Community Response Award winners.
Hepatitis B is a life-threatening liver disease affecting as many as 2 million people in the United States—more than half of whom are Asian Pacific American. In fact, 1 in 10 Asian Pacific Americans has hepatitis B—and 25% of those will die of complications such as liver cancer and cirrhosis.
Despite these alarming facts, hepatitis B is hiding in the shadows. Many Asian Americans with hepatitis B are unaware that they are infected because this disease may not produce obvious symptoms. There is also serious and persistent stigma and misinformation surrounding hepatitis B in our community. (For more information, download Fact Sheet)
But you can help. Register for the B Real Film Contest and submit a 30-second video on the subject by April 17, 2009 to be considered for one of two cash prizes. A special jury will select the most effective video, and the filmmaker will receive $2,500 and have their video screened to audiences throughout the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, April 30 to May 7, 2009. The top videos will be posted online and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the second prize, the Community Response Award of $1,000. View the complete contest rules here.
All contestants must follow the following requirements to qualify:
1) Submissions must be exactly thirty (00:30) seconds in length, no exceptions.
2) No production credits will be included
3) Any music or footage used must be original, or must be cleared prior to submission.
4) Submissions must be delivered to Visual Communications in one of the following formats: mini-DV, DV Cam, Beta SP, or DigiBeta tape. Other formats will not be considered.
5) Submissions must be received by April 17, 2009 at: VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS, ATTN: B Real Film Contest, 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Basement Level, Los Angeles, California 90012
How to participate
To participate in the B Real Film Contest, first register below. Then create your 30-second (:30) video PSA to raise hepatitis B awareness within the Asian Pacific American community. Submissions can be in any style or genre of film or video, including, but not limited to, animation, drama, still art, imagery, comedy or documentary.
To register, please enter the following information (all fields are required):