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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published October 25th 2015
Seeking the Sacred on Film
Film makers start your engines. A new prize is being offered for short films (maximum 8 minutes in length) that focus on human existence and the quest for meaning. The brief is to explore the human condition and what is beyond this. Film is a dynamic medium. It is a place where the viewer and maker encounter the whole range of human life. The sadness, power, excitement, boredom and so much more. There are so many stories of our lives that open before us on film. The best films touch the heart and depths of human existence. They disturb and challenge, and leave the viewer with a hunger and curiosity to know more about each other and the world.

The Religious Short Film Prize
The Religious Short Film Prize

The organisers of the Religious Short Film Prize see film and religion belonging together. The reason is simple; they both explore, in different ways, what it means to be a human being in the world.‬ Religion is a seeking of the sacred, a quest for meaning. The quest goes on through the generations and is never ending. It can be observed across cultures, through time and space, in the incredible variety of religious traditions and secular alternatives. Religion touches the depths of human experience and reveals what lies beyond our grasp. What is transcendent and not visible, the religious spirit. Religion can confront us and be misused, but at its best it inspires us to action and new hope.

Seeking the Sacred on Film
Seeking the Sacred on Film

The Religious Short Film Prize is an opportunity for film-makers to explore this searching for the sacred. Religious themes are as varied as human beings are in the world. Film-makers are invited from all religions or no religions.

Religious Short Film Prize
Religious Short Film Prize

The competition is open to all forms of film: documentary, docu-drama, scripted or animated. Films, which in the opinion of the judges are egregiously blasphemous, designed primarily to provoke anger or grossly offend will not be accepted.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

Further information is available on the website here
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Why? Seeking the Sacred on Film
When: Entries close at 5pm 26 February 2016
Cost: Prize entrance fee is $50. Films will only be eligible for judging when payment has been received
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