Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) and the United Nations Foundation (UNF)have launched the Picture This Festival. The short-film competition will be open to emerging filmmakers, everyday storytellers and change makers from more than 70 countries offering their positive visions of the planet’s future.
Starting January 30, creators have been asked to submit videos between one and eight minutes in length. They should be inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals backed by all 193 member states of the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet and promote prosperity for all. The deadline for submissions, which do not require a fee, is April 30.
“At Sony, we are proud champions of the intersection between storytelling and innovation and are incredibly excited to spearhead Picture This,” said Andy Kaplan, President, Sony Pictures Television Networks. “With the support of the United Nations Foundation and our other partners, we look forward to elevating and amplifying these important development goals through the voices of emerging creatives and acknowledge their good work in a meaningful way,” he added.
Partners in the festival this year include the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, WeTransfer, Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Alpha Universe and the Environmental Media Association.
Here, it may be noted that SPTN launched a similar contest in 2016 across its channel portfolio worldwide, including its flagship brands AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle and Animax, all of which will participate in this year’s festival.