STEPS is commissioning 30 short films on: WHY POVERTY?

STEPS is commissioning 30 short films as part of its cross media project WHY POVERTY. We are looking for short film ideas of between 1 and 5 minutes long.  The shorts will be used on the web and broadcast supporting our eight long films that are in production. Please see for more information on the project.

We want these short films to challenge our preconceptions about poverty, provoke discussion and action, and we want films that are almost impossible to forget.

We ask filmmakers to please forget the first ideas that come to mind when thinking of poverty. We know that thousands of films have been made on poverty. We don´t need those films to be redone.

As the shorts will be used to support the programming of the long films we are looking for films that deal with the following themes.

1.     Maternal health

2.     Corruption/Good governance

3.     Food security

4.     Charity v/s Justice

5.     Gender and how it relates to poverty

6.     Solutions to Poverty

7.     Education

8.     Inequality

9.     Urban poverty

10.   Economic Justice

However, we do not want proposals that describe an issue or topic. Each film needs to be a clear idea, with a structure, and a story with turning points.

If you are interested we would like you to mail us your idea for a film in less than 10 lines, with an additional 2-3 line biography. We will then access the ideas and follow up with all applicants asking selected filmmakers to send a full treatments, budgets and CVs.

Please mail your ideas to brian(at) with a subject line – WHY POVERTY SHORTS ROUND TWO.

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