Discovery Channel, in its second collaboration with Nokia, has announced the launch of the Mobile Filmmakers 2006 Awards. The contest gives consumers the opportunity to try their hand at mobile filmmaking and win $10,000 and a three-month stint with Discovery Networks Asia, based at the channel’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, during which the winner will be involved in the process of documentary filmmaking.
The Mobile Filmmakers Awards initiative was launched in 2005, empowering mobile phone users with the knowledge and technology of mobile filmmaking at their fingertips and the opportunity to showcase their talent.
The contest is open to citizens of India, Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The last date for submissions for the contest is June 30, 2006.
Commenting on the initiative, James Gibbons, Senior Vice-President of Programming and Creative Services, Discovery Networks Asia, said, “The response to the first Mobile Filmmakers Awards in 2005 and the quality of the entries received shows that anyone with basic knowledge of how a mobile phone works is able to shoot their own mobile film and capture the world around them.”
“With Discovery’s expertise in documentary filmmaking, coupled with Nokia’s technology leadership in imaging, we have launched a new genre in Asia – mobile filmmaking – which is revolutionising the way content is utilised by mobile phone users. Together with Nokia, we are committed to growing and developing the genre of mobile filmmaking. As such, we will be organising this contest annually to continue to uncover new talent and take mobile filmmaking to greater heights,” Gibbons further said.
In the first round of the competition, 60 semi-finalists will be selected from all the entries received, who will attend a workshop in July, organised by Discovery Networks Asia. Each semi-finalist will receive a Nokia N90 mobile phone. In the second round of the competition, the 60 semi-finalists will be narrowed down to the best 12 contestants from the region.
These 12 finalists will be flown to Singapore to attend an intensive workshop in September, where they will have the opportunity to learn more about mobile filmmaking techniques from experts in the industry, and familiarise themselves with the wide range of mobile film functions of the Nokia N93, which they will be using to shoot and submit their final entries. Each finalist will receive a Nokia N93 mobile phone.
Urpo Karjalainen, Senior VP, Customer and Market Operations, Asia Pacific, Nokia, said, “Multimedia computers like the Nokia N93 give consumers an unparalleled experience in mobile photography and filmmaking. Regional initiatives like the Mobile Filmmakers Awards – coupled with the supporting workshops and information that participants and consumers get – prove that with the software and hardware that’s built into today’s camera phones, you can get an imaging and filmmaking experience that’s equal to, or better, than that from a dedicated digital camera or camcorder.”