Picture This finalists announced
Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) Picture This Festival for The Planet competition has announced 8 global finalists including UK entrant Bethany Borg.
The challenge asked people to submit a positive and hopeful short film informed by one of the Sustainable Development Goals agreed upon by all 193 United Nations Member States aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
Watch a sample of winning entries below!
The eight global finalists contain four European winners including a short film by UK’s Bethany Borg from the West Midlands. Bethany is a former student of Wolverhampton University and now works as a freelance animator. Her short-animated film, The Conductor, shows a grey city composed of concrete and tower blocks transforming and spouting greenery at the encouragement of an eco-conductor and is set to a stirring score by Calin McCarthy.
As a European winner, Bethany receives a Sony RX0 camera and will also be travelling with a guest to Hollywood in Los Angeles to attend the Picture This Festival For the Planet at the Sony Pictures Studios lot on July 31. That day, regional finalists from around the world will meet with SPE executives from television and the motion picture group and get a firsthand look at how SPE creates stories. This will be followed by an early evening event exploring how we can use stories to promote a better world for people and our planet through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of global goals agreed upon by the member states of the United Nations. All regional finalists’ films will be screened and a winner will be announced later that evening.
The list of global celebrity advocates and industry leaders judging film submissions includes: Megan Boone, environmental advocate and actress from the hit TV series The Blacklist; Anggun, internationally renowned recording artist; Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation; Mr. N.P. Singh, MD & CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India; Marie Jacobson, EVP Programming & Production, Sony Pictures Television Networks; Tom Bernard & Michael Barker, Co-Presidents, Sony Pictures Classics; Glenn Gainor, President of Physical Production, Screen Gems; Damon and Jo, YouTube vloggers; Debbie Levin, President & CEO, Environmental Media Association; and Damian Bradfield, President and Chief Marketing Officer, WeTransfer.