Listen to an exclusive dialogue on hunger between Hannah Laufer-Rottman and Michael Conforti from the Assisi Institute.
In 2009, Palms for Life sponsored a contest that challenged young filmmakers 25 years of age and under, to produce a short film depicting hunger in their local communities all across America. A total of 14 films were selected for an online voting process on www.gotspot.com where the films received 58,000 views and got over 30,000 votes. The 6 films with the highest number of online votes were subsequently reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges in New York at the Action Center to End World Hunger, on December 21st.
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1st Prize: Food For Thought
Faces of Hunger in America is a 2009 project of Palms for Life Fund, a U.S.-based charity committed to ending poverty worldwide. The project ran throughout 2009 and culminated with the prize winning ceremony at the Action Center to End World Hunger (click here to see all the participating and winning films of the 2009 film contest).
As a next step in the fight against hunger, Palms for Life created in 2010 the Facing Up to Hunger initiative as a platform to engage a wide audience to look at world hunger from the perspective of its root causes and concrete solutions. (click here to read more).
In the United States, Facing Up to Hunger advocates for change in the type of response that is provided to the approximately 49 million people currently affected by hunger. We support the idea that food needs to be treated as an inalienable basic human right – beyond charity – and hunger needs to be tackled in its root causes. (see Article by Hannah Laufer-Rottman, Executive Director of Palms for Life Fund)
For more information on Palms for Life Fund, please go to: palmsforlifefund.org.
Award Event in NY City
Call to Young Filmmakers
Thank You to all voters and Participants
Palms for Life Fund is calling out to young filmmakers, 25 years of age and under, to visually depict in their communities the growing epidemic of hunger in the United States. This national competition for documentary short films entitled “Faces of Hunger in America” intends to bring the issue of hunger onto the forefront of the nation’s radar screen while at the same time empowering our youth, the future generation of leaders and activists, to facilitate positive change and challenge antiquated principles.
Palms for Life Fund will offer the top three winners cash prizes of $5,000, $3,500 and $1,500, and give them exposure to a vast audience in a full-length compilation of the prize-winning works.
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
President Barack Obama
Food needs to be treated as an inalienable basic human right – beyond charity – and hunger needs to be tackled in its root causes. The short films will increase awareness about hunger, affecting more than 36 million Americans who are unable to access consistently sustainable amounts of food for a healthy life. Of this population, over 12.4 million are children, left to suffer the physical, mental and emotional consequences of daily life without the most basic human needs.
All entrants must submit a non-fiction short film between 5-12 minutes in length, accompanied by an artist statement of no more than 300 words. This contest is only open to U.S. Citizens, 25 years of age and under. To get started, please view the official contest rules. Click here for Photo Release form.
Submissions closed on October 30, 2009.
Once you are ready to upload your film, please proceed to http://facesofhunger.gotspot.com where you will be able to enter the contest. Click on “Join Contest” and follow the instructions to create your profile and submit your entry.
Please take a moment to also add your name to our mailing list by clicking here. We will keep you informed about contest updates, our calendar and status changes.
Public online voting begins on November 6, 2009, and runs through December 4, 2009.
On December 5, the top six (6) films with the highest number of online public votes will advance to the second and final round of judging which will be conducted by an esteemed panel of judges.
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Any revenue generated by Faces of Hunger/Facing Up to Hunger will support food production projects worldwide. In the US funds will support political actions that address the underlying causes of hunger in the United States and ultimately contribute to a more equitable society.
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