IF YOU are a filmmaker with a story that you think just might change the world, the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) would like to hear from you.
The festival has partnered with World Vision Australia to announce a film competition that will give its winner a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel overseas with World Vision Australia to make their own film about poverty and injustice that has the potential to impact millions.
Festival director J'aimee Skippon-Volke said the charity film competition was the first of its kind for BBFF and was open to both aspiring filmmakers and seasoned pros.
Entries to the World Vision Australia Call to Action Award opened on Friday and need to be three minutes long and meet the theme criteria of Life Changing.
The top 10 finalists will be screened at the Byron Bay International Film Festival in March 2014 and a panel of industry professionals will choose a winner.
"This will be a pilot program, then I hope it gets legs and grows," Ms Skippon-Volke said.
"There's nothing stopping people from using their mobile phone to make the film," she said.
"It gives filmmakers a chance to share an issue they are passionate about to a large audience."
World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello said initiatives like the Call to Action Award were critical to keeping social justice on the agenda.
"It is more important than ever that Australians take action to encourage empathy for the poor and action to combat injustice in all its forms," Mr Costello said.
Go to www.calltoaction award.com.au.
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