Call to Commonwealth filmmakers


Broadcasters and independent filmmakers from across the
five regions of the Commonwealth are invited to submit
initial entries to the Vision Awards by providing a written
scenario for a short film. This year’s entries are to be
based on the chosen theme for 2007: ‘Changing communities, greening the globe’.

The Commonwealth Vision Awards, jointly organised by the
Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Broadcasting
Association, encourages the development of short film production.

Up to fifteen applicants will be shortlisted by an independent
selection panel and awarded £1,000 each to assist in the
production of the finished film.

Judging of the shortlisted films will take place in November
and the awards announced and presented at a Gala Awards Ceremony
in December. The winner will receive £2,500 and a trophy, and
other awards will be made. The winning entries will, from January
2008, be broadcast Commonwealth-wide, particularly on and around
Commonwealth Day (10 March 2008).

The 53 member nations of the Commonwealth stretch from the
Pacific to Sub-Saharan Africa and none is immune from the
effects of climate change and global warming. Urgent action
is needed internationally, including by the Commonwealth, but
there is much individuals can do, in their communities, to influence
governments and drive change.

The Commonwealth Vision Awards is an opportunity for film-makers
to raise awareness of this crucial global issue and highlight the
importance of individual action at the community level.

An application form and brochure may be received by sending an email
to, or by fax +44 (0) 20 7930 9705 or by writing
to: Ms Alice Kawoya, Project Manager, The Commonwealth Vision Awards, c/o
The Royal Commonwealth Society, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP,
United Kingdom. Applications may also be made online at

The closing date for applications is: Friday 3 August 2007

Short-listed entries from 2001 – 2006 may be viewed on

The initiative is supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the
Commonwealth Foundation, the British Council, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the BBC World Service.


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