Over 9 million descendants of Polish Jews live around the world. The POLIN Museum is looking for proposals for short films which should explore in innovative and creative ways their links to the country of their ancestors.
The short films can have a length of up to five minutes. They should tell stories of contemporary Jewish communities from all over the world through individuals, families, organizations, communities, events, and objects of special meaning and how they relate to the legacy of Polish Jews and the places their families come from. Filmmakers who are members of the communities whose stories they tell are especially encouraged to apply.
In the order to take part in the competition applicants need to hand in a film concept, including treatment, synopsis, and logline, as well as a preliminary budget. The short film can take various forms and genres like interviews, documentary footage, archival materials, home movies, animation, and video art, among others. Applicants should have made at least one film of any length that is or was available to the public (internet, in cinemas, at film festivals, on TV or through any other channel that makes it available to wide audiences).
The jury will select fourteen finalists. Each of them will receive up to 15,000 USD to realize a short film based on their successful proposal. Also, the POLIN Museum features a multimedia narrative exhibition telling the thousand-year history of Polish Jews. The fourteen short films will become part of the epilogue of this multimedia narrative exhibition.
The POLIN Museum is one of the most renowned Polish museums, attracting 3 million visitors since it opened in 2013. In 2016, POLIN Museum won the European Museum of the Year Award and the European Museum Academy Prize.
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