NEW YORK – Today, award-winning nonprofit Ghetto Film School (GFS) and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announced the six finalists selected for the global SNF 25th Anniversary Short Film Challenge, Humanity Inspires Tech.
The winning films were selected by notable jurists including John Legend (singer/songwriter/producer), Emily Mortimer (director/actor), Camila Cormanni (head of cultural programs at Cinecittà and co-founder of Cinema Italian Style), Nikolas Aronis (journalist and project manager at iMEdD, the incubator for Media Education and Development), and Jacob Moe (co-founder and managing director of the Syros International Film Festival). The six fellows will now move on to complete a 10-week mentorship program under the guidance of top industry veterans.
The young creatives were asked to tell stories about the connection between technology and humanity in two minutes or less through their choice of short-form medium. In addition to being admitted to the rigorous fellowship program, the winners will also receive a $3,000 production award to further enhance their projects during the filmmaking lab. The winners and films include Netpich Udompanich’s Taste of Tech, Paola Camacho’s Channel 1804, Odysseas Spyropoulos’s Me, Myself and The Internet, Stephen Cullina’s Mementos, Gabriel Oh’s Jolene, and Konstantinos Kotsias’ The impact of technology in our time.
“All of us at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation would like to congratulate the inspiring winners of the film challenge. Young people have invaluable perspectives to share on how technology can be a force for good in our lives, yet their voices are rarely heard in the conversation. Both in the content of their films and in the technology they used to create them, these six young storytellers show how tech can bring us closer to one another and help us better appreciate our own humanity. It’s thrilling to see the perspectives and talents of these young content creators, and we look forward to watching them continue to develop their skills and talents,” said SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos.
“We are honored to have worked with an organization so heavily dedicated to advancing the next generation of filmmakers and continuously showing the positive impact on the communities it serves. The ongoing developments in technology tell an important story in our day-to-day lives, and we hope the projects created by these incredible young filmmakers continue to shed a light on the vital effects technological advancements have on humanity,” said Sharese Bullock Bailey, Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer and Principal of SCOPE, the consulting arm of GFS.
For more information on the Humanity Inspires Tech filmmaking challenge, please visit snf25film chal-lenge.org.
Read coverage of the announcement in Variety