Nokia launches Mobile Filmmaking Awards for Pangea Day

Mumbai: Nokia is inviting everyone to enter the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards by creating and submitting their short videos to be considered for inclusion in the first Pangea Day broadcast event on 10 May.
Pangea Day is an event that seeks to overcome barriers of borders by helping people see themselves in others through the power of films. Pangea Day was created by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim after winning the prestigious 2006 TED Prize. Together, Noujaim, TED and 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.
Contestants can upload entries for the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards to 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 register can vote to select five finalists, who will have their videos screened during the Pangea Day broadcast and win a trip to the live Pangea Day broadcast location in Los Angeles.
"This competition is a great way for anyone in the world to get involved in the global Pangea Day event and increases awareness for how converged mobile devices and services are helping to connect people of diverse backgrounds," says Nokia Entertainment and Communities business head and executive vice president Tero Ojanpera. "With the growing interest in sharing images and videos through mobile devices and services like Share on Ovi, we hope to encourage more consumers to get creative."
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 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 and a production budget to record their trip.
The contest will run from 17 March to 15 April. To be eligible for the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards, the short videos must be two minutes or less in length and about one of the following themes:
– An act of kindness
– Someone inspiring
– The best part of the day
– Something that makes you smile   
On 10 May, Pangea Day event sites on almost every continent will be linked live to deliver a four-hour broadcast worldwide of short films, VIP guest speakers and special musical guests organized by Nokia and TED.