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Sony Pictures Television, UNF to showcase emerging filmmakers

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MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN), in partnership with the United Nations Foundation (UNF), has announced the opening of the Picture This Festival for the Planet, a short-film competition for emerging filmmakers to showcase the positive future they see for the planet. Starting 30 January, people from over 70 countries around the world are invited to submit videos between one and eight minutes in length inspired by the sustainable development goals (SDGs), a set of global goals agreed upon by all 193 member states of the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet and promote prosperity for all.

SPTN president Andy Kaplan said: “At Sony, we are proud champions of the intersection between storytelling and innovation and are incredibly excited to spearhead Picture This. With the support of the UNF and our other partners, we look forward to elevating and amplifying these important development goals through the voices of emerging creatives and acknowledge their good work in a meaningful way.”

The partners in this year's festival are:TheUnited Nations Foundation, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, WeTransfer, Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Alpha Universe,the Environmental Media Association and leaders and environmental visionariesfrom around the globe. SPTN launched a similar contest in 2016 across its channel portfolio worldwide, including its flagship brands AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle and Animax and those same flagship channels will participate in this year’s festival. 

Sony Pictures Networks India MD & CEO NP Singh said, “Much of India’s development agenda is embodied in the SDGs. Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is supporting the Picture This festival for the Planet because we believe that heightened social consciousness leads to positive social impact. Visual storytelling is a powerful tool to inspire social change. That is why we would like to invite students, professionals, academicians, environmentalists and filmmakers to submit their entries.”

United Nations Foundation deputy CEO Elizabeth Cousens said: “The Picture This Festival for the Planet is an innovative new platform to connect global audiences to what is happening on the ground as people put the SDGs into action in their daily lives. The United Nations Foundation appreciates Sony’s deep commitment to sustainability and its willingness to leverage its creativity and reach to bring the SDGs to new audiences."

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