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Festival offers nearly $1 million to make short film

By Associated Press in Yokohama ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-12-22 08:00:28

A Japanese festival focused on the art of the short film is offering a new award of nearly $1 million to a director from anywhere in the world with a great pitch for a movie.

Organizers say short video is where audiences are going, as entertainment increasingly gets consumed on smartphones and tablets. They also believe the format holds potential for novice filmmakers, bringing fresh insight and energy to the industry.

The deadline for submitting a 500-word pitch on what's billed as a "thrilling, exciting, moving" storyline is Feb 29. The pitch must be written in either Japanese or English.

Festival offers nearly $1 million to make short film

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