Eye Want Change is an organisation which hosts an international smartphone film competition to celebrate ideas, creativity and the power of new technologies to democratise the mainstream media.
Started by students for student amidst cuts to public funding for the arts, Eye Want Change hopes to inspire others to think creatively about societal issues that interest them. The main condition is that films must be shot on a smartphone, webcam or tablet, and relate to a social matter.
Eye Want Change hopes that the smartphone 'restraint' will artistically challenge filmmakers, and produce works that place creativity and innovation above access to equipment, large budgets or technical expertise. The competition aims to support and amplify a diverse range of voices and use the platform to encourage people to speak and be listened to - building awareness, discourse and cultural shift.
Entrants are invited to produce a smartphone film of up to ten minutes in length on any social matter. Ten finalist films will be determined from an online vote, and then passed to a judging panel who will select the winning films. The jury panel consists of Orlando von Einsiedel, Charlie Phillips, Clare Algar, Akinola Davies Jr, Daisy May Hudson and Bridget Minamore.
The competition is open to shorts of all production techniques, including documentaries, docu-dramas, fictions, animation, filmed performance, spoken word, or still compilations. Themes of the 2014/15 submissions varied from student sobriety to technological alienation to the Indian railway.
Deadline: Midnight, 22 February
For more information including how to enter, please see the Eye Want Change website.