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Be a mobile filmmaker; win $10,000!

August 02, 2005 17:36 IST

Discovery Networks Asia, a division of real-world entertainment company Discovery Communications and Nokia are reinventing the concept of filmmaking by providing mobile phone users access to knowledge and technology of a new genre - mobile filmmaking.

The companies have partnered to launch the 'Mobile First Time Filmmakers Contest 2005', which will give consumers the opportunity to try their hand at mobile filmmaking and qualify to win a grand prize of $10,000.

Using the Nokia N90 high-performance multimedia device that comes with optics from Carl Zeiss, a leading optics company, consumers will now have the ability to create their own personal high-quality mobile films with their Nokia camera phones.

This advancement in mobile technology will contribute to the evolution and growth of documentary filmmaking and the way content is utilized by mobile phone users.

To participate in the contest, interested parties are invited to send in a photo or a video that is no longer than nine seconds and a brief description of a favourite icon that best defines the values and hopes of their community, and how this will be presented in a short mobile film.

The icon can be anything that conveys the importance and significance of a particular community, such as an old shop house in an alley that holds many memories, a vintage car, or even a childhood game - but most importantly, something that conveys the importance and significance of a particular community.

Contestants may also send in storyboards to support their entries. The contest, which started on August 1, is open to individuals aged 18 and above who are residing in the following countries: Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,  Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.

Fifteen applicants will be short-listed and flown to Singapore in September to attend a special workshop organized by Discovery Networks Asia, where they will have the opportunity to learn more about mobile filmmaking techniques.

In addition, the fifteen selected filmmakers will each receive a Nokia N90, which they will use to shoot and submit their final entries towards their bid to win the grand prize of US$10,000.

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