Nokia announces finalists for mobile filmmaking awards

Mumbai: Nokia announced the five finalists for the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards which will be screened during the Pangea Day broadcast on 10 May. The winners will be flown to Los Angeles to attend one of Pangea Day’s six live broadcast locations on Saturday, 10 May.

Pangea Day was created by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim after winning the prestigious 2006 TED Prize. Together, Noujaim and TED, with support from Nokia, have created Pangea Day to connect people by harnessing the power of film and encouraging people to view the world through someone else’s eyes.

The five finalists in the Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards competition, which ran from 19 March to 30 April, in no particular order, are: Pier Bardoni for Cloud Running; Eduardo Cachucho for Game; Rupert Howe for Amazing Rainbows; Bob Calabritto for Smile; and Kayoom Mistry for Rounds All Around.

Contestants uploaded their two-minute long entries for the competition to the Pangea Day channel at Share on Ovi, a free media sharing service that makes it easy to upload, manage and share personal media through mobile, desktop and other connected devices. Consumers who registered on the site voted to select the five finalists.

All five finalists, chosen by online voting, will be flown to Los Angeles for the event. A panel of professional judges – including Jehane Noujaim, Dave Stewart and others – will review the videos prior to the broadcast and pick a winner, which will then be announced during the Pangea Day broadcast. In addition to the trip to the Los Angeles event, the winner will receive a mobile filmmaking trip of a lifetime to the Rwandan Gorilla Reserve and a production budget to record their trip.

On 10 May, millions of people all over the world will come together to watch a 4-hour program of short films, coupled with talks from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Queen Noor of Jordan, and with special musical guest. Through the Friends of Pangea Day page at , anyone, anywhere can sign up and host their own Pangea Day event or attend an event in their local community.

Though submissions for the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards have closed, images and films will live on at where you can continue to share your experiences about this special day.