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ABOUT THE COMPETITION
This is a chance for young storytellers visualize a better tomorrow and turn it into an inspiring short documentary.This is a chance for young storytellers visualize a better tomorrow and turn it into an inspiring short documentary.
The winning idea will be produced with a budget of € 25,000 and the help of WaterBear’s production team. The winning short documentary will then premiere at the Aegean Film Festival and a network of affiliated festivals.
10 finalists will have the opportunity to join the Aegean Film Festival and present their idea to RTF's jury..​
All participants will become alumnus of RTF and part of the growing community of young filmmakers, activists and artists fighting to change the world and join the teams of WaterBear and the Aegean Film Festival.
AWARDS
GRAND AWARD
€25.000 worth of production services. And a team of acclaimed filmmakers to help you make it.
IMPACT AWARD
Winter and summer internship programmes with AegeanFF and WaterBear in London, Athens, Amsterdam, Bristol or online.
RUNNER UP
All finalists will receive a series of perks including festival passes and discounts to attend the festival.
MEET THE JURY
Jukka-Pekka Laakso
Festival director, Tampere Film Festival, Finland
Gaby Bastyra
Head of Development & Producer at Passion Planet (UK)
Jesper Jack
Editor NYTimes Op-Docs, producer with House of Real and tutor at NYU Tisch
WINNERS 2022
Grand Award: Peat People - by Swantje Furtak
Impact Award: Dark Chocolate - by Hedvika Michnova
Runner Up Awards: Climate Museum - by Mara Henderson
We Have No Words - by Rosa Prosser
WINNERS 2021
Grand Award: Barney Weston - Football for the Future
Grand Award: Oliver Riley - A Dream of Simplicitye
Runner Up Awards - Internships with AegeanFF and Waterbear:
Yasmine Ellis, Cassidy Keola, Carter Kirilenko
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Applicants should be born between 1997 - 2009 (inclusive) in order to apply for the Competition.
All applications should be in English.
The final short documentary should be under 20 minutes long.
At the moment we do not accept 2D or 3D animation, stop-motion or VR projects.
APPLICATION
All instructions can be found in the application form.
The application has a €10 application fee.
NEXT STEPS
1. Compete the basic story form
2. Support the application with the treatment of the documentary
The applicants will gain access to the Competition Account Page where they can develop their idea into a full documentary treatment, watch inspiring films, find useful links and more...
The Awards Ceremony will take place in July in Patmos Island during the Aegean Film Festival. Guest Passes and discounts for travel and accommodation will be awarded to all finalists, so they can attend the festival.
**All events and ceremonies as well as the final presentation of the projects, will be available online for those who cannot attend.
INSPIRATION LIBRARY
WaterBear offers a creative library of award-winning documentaries and shorts for inspiration.
AT THE AEGEAN FILM FESTIVAL
10 finalists will have the opportunity to travel to the Aegean islands in Greece for the final stage of the competition. As an official guest of the festival, you will have access to films and parallel events. Before the awards ceremony the participants will have the chance to present their idea in front of the jury. Online pitching is also available in case the applicant is not able to attend.
ECHOES PROGRAMME
Echoes is an international summit that brings together award-winning filmmakers, writers, scientists, philanthropists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs and opinion leaders over five days.
The programme consists of documentary screenings,Q&A’s, panel talks, presentations and workshops, concluding with an annual sustainability summit.
By assembling the knowledge, resources and communicators together in the same location, we aim to “fast-track” projects and amplify awareness about ways to make a positive impact.
ECHOES PHOTOS
ORGANISERS
UNDER THE AUSPICES
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