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Eye Want Change – documentary filmmakers go mobile

Eye want change documentary competitionHaving launched in 2014, Eye Want Change’s third edition is full of little documentary gems, highlighting how technology has now made it possible for filmmakers to give voice to their ideas by means of a simple mobile phone.   

Eye Want Change is providing a platform for voices, creativity, and innovation, regardless of budget.

Judging the competition this year will be the head of documentaries at the Guardian, Charlie Phillips, and Oscar-nominated director of Virunga, Orlando von Einsidel. Also on the jury are rising star Daisy-May Hudson as well as Nigerian Lives Matter founder Akinola Davies, poet and activist Bridget Minamore, and CEO of international charity Reprieve, Clare Algar.

The budding filmmakers can win a mentorship with Charlie Phillips (previously with Sheffield Doc/Fest) who will guide them towards developing their concept into a longer film. There is also a cash prize to be taken home of £1000, free film tickets to DocHouse and a short course at the MET Film School.

The public voting has now closed and the jury is looking at the 10 entries which have attracted most votes from the audience. We couldn’t report on the competition before as we might have been a little bias in our voting recommendation, with DocGeeks’ very own Emily Wright as one of the people to have submitted a documentary this year (and we love it). But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the submitted films now.

Emily’s film uses the testimony of Mónica Álvarez from the Centre for Peace, Memory and Reconciliation in Bogotá, Colombia. She talks about the importance of personal memory in a society that has so much to forget. It has been paired with shots taken on an iPhone around Bogotá. Jonathan Castro donated the music.

You can view Emily’s film and the other contestant’s work here.



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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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