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Announcing: 1st Annual NEP Online Film Festival
The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good announces our first online film festival! The theme of this year's contest: "This Land Was Made For You and Me!" The festival will be part of our extensive program to fight Islamophobia in our country.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $100
All winning entries will be displayed on our website and used to draw attention to the problem of Islamophobia, and to ways of building bridges of peace.
We have seen a steady rise in incidents of Islamophobia, or fear of Muslims, over the past decade. Hardly a week passes without a reported incident of harrassment of an individual Muslim or intimidation of a community. Most infamous were the controversies of September 2010: the uproar over the Park51 Islamic Center in lower Manhattan, and the threat to burn copies of the Qur'an by pastor Terry Jones. But even more threatening are current initiatives in several states to ban "Sharia Law," making it impossible for peace-loving Muslims to practice their religion - tragically, in a nation that prides itself on offering freedom of religion to all.
Contest submissions will be judged on their ability to communicate a positive, Christian, loving message that embodies Jesus's commandment to love God and neighbor, even enemies. Each entry should include the festival's sub-theme, "Muslims are welcome in my town," by replacing the word "town" with another word such as "nation," "world," "home," or even "heart."
- Enter as many films as you like. Each submission will require payment of a $65 entry fee.
- Entries must be original work. All materials used to create the film must be your own creation or must be properly cleared.
- Entries must be eight minutes or less. Judges will give preference to shorter films that most powerfully convey the message.
- Each entry will be placed online for public viewing once it has been qualified for the competition. The top ten films will be chosen by the number of hits (online views) each has received. Only hits on NEP's web site or YouTube channel will qualify for the competition; if the video exists on another site, e.g. the filmmaker's YouTube account, these hits will not qualify for the competition.
- The prize-winning films will be chosen by a panel of national religious leaders and leading film & television experts from among the ten films that receive the highest number of hits (online views).
- Films produced for this competition will remain the property of the filmmaker.
- All entries must be submitted by August 1, 2012. Winners will be announced in early October.
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