If you’re anything like us, you spend hours each day not doing work because you get wrapped up in all the amazing short-form documentaries on Vimeo. It’s incredible what can be captured in just a few minutes: the arc of a life, the growth of a business, the global impact of a simple idea. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with GE and video publisher Cinelan to power Focus Forward — Short Films, Big Ideas, a new documentary series about people using technology and innovative thinking to change the world.
Focus Forward has asked some of the world’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers ’ including Morgan Spurlock, Jessica Yu, Stanley Nelson, Lixin Fan, Steve James, Joe Berlinger, Lucy Walker, and more ’ to create 30 three-minute stories on everything from gene therapy to wireless technology to waste management. Films from the series will be premiered online and at festivals throughout the year. In fact, the first five Focus Forward films (alliteration is cool) just premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Watch all five of them right now.
If you’ve got documentary chops, you can get involved in Focus Forward, too. The Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge enables anyone to submit a three-minute story that embodies the Focus Forward ethos and compete for $200,000 in cash prizes — including a $100,000 Grand Prize. Submissions (which will be accepted right here on Vimeo) open in April during the Tribeca Film Festival. Learn more about the Challenge.
We’re extremely proud to be involved in this project, and to provide video support for the whole Focus Forward initiative. We’ll keep you updated as more films are released and deadlines draw nearer — until then, focus forward!