Project Homeless is a joint Screen My Shorts Australia and Parramatta City Council initiative designed to raise awareness of one of the most crippling issues plaguing society: homelessness. Homelessness is not an issue endemic merely to Australia: it is a global issue, and as such, filmmakers, animators, machinimatographers and documentary makers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds across the world are invited to take part in this project. The challenge? In just one month, create a 3-10 minute short film based on a designated topic related to homelessness.
Officially beginning on Friday 11 April, Project Homeless, like all Screen My Shorts programs, is about allowing innovative and passionate creatives the opportunity to tell their stories and develop their talents, all while promoting a serious cause. At 7pm, teams are randomly allocated a subject and a line of dialogue that relates to the central theme of homelessness, such as current refugee situations, LGBT intolerance, homeless by choice, gambling and economic pressures, and then must film and upload an inspired piece by midnight on Sunday 11 May. An expert panel will judge the completed films, and the finalists will screen their work at the Screen My Shorts Awards ceremony in Australia.
Parramatta City Council is offering cash prizes of up to $10,000 for the festival, with the ultimate winner receiving $5,000 cash as well as the coveted boxer shorts trophy. With Screen My Shorts donating 25% of registration fees collected to a worthy and relevant cause, not to mention the global awareness that will be raised through the festival, this is an incredibly worthwhile cause to get involved with. To register your team, head to www.screenmyshorts.com, and get ready to make a real difference.