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Filmmakers called on to explore critical question on the Future of Food with new fund

We’re delighted to be launching the Pioneers Film Fund, a special initiative to inspire creative filmmakers to come together and shine a light on one of humanity’s biggest questions: what is the future of our food?

The fund will award three UK and Irish filmmakers and their teams £15,000 each, to create an 8–12-minute documentary exploring the topic and the challenges faced to become a society with more sustainable sources of food.

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With the UN predicting a global population of nearly 10 billion by 2050[1], our need for food poses one of the biggest current threats to the planet. Our food system already generates 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and scientists warn that rapid population growth will require us to double the number of crops we grow in the next 30 years[2].

There is simply not enough productive agricultural land to do this, and to combat the climate crisis it is critical that mankind reduces its carbon emissions. So, meeting this growing demand will require significant changes to both the food we eat and how we produce it. Balancing the issue of food security whilst simultaneously minimising environmental impact will be one of the toughest ongoing challenges our planet faces.

The Quorn ‘Pioneers Film Fund’, which has been created in association with planetSHINE, a sustainability communications agency that helps bring brand sustainability voice to life, aims to kick-start an important conversation around the future of our food in the hope that it will awaken new ideas around how we might feed ourselves in the future and positively contribute to saving our planet.

THE BRIEF

Quorn is looking for stories of those striving to protect our planet’s future. How are we going to produce our food sustainably? How will our diets have to change to do that? And how will we adapt to ensure we’re able to feed a rapidly growing population that is running out of agricultural land? Whether it’s a story about a community, cutting-edge technology or a pioneering individual, Quorn wants to know how we could future-proof our food.

Directors and producers are encouraged to think outside the box when responding to this brief. The future of food is a big question, and stories can be found in the most surprising places. However, whether the ideas are big or small, they must speak to our generation’s challenge to protect our future. Filmmakers…find your teams and submit your ideas!

The finished films should be approximately 8-12 minutes in length. In early 2022, the winning three films will be released on waterbear.com, the first video on demand platform dedicated to the future of our planet.

DO THE FILMS NEED TO REFERENCE QUORN ?

No. The productions do not need to mention Quorn or have any reference to the brand. Quorn simply believe that this is one of the most important discussions we can be having across the globe and want to spark conversation in the hope of finding solutions. The pioneering founder of Quorn, Lord Rank, was himself also a filmmaker and had a strong belief in the power that film has in telling a story and inspiring action.

WHO CAN APPLY ?

With an emphasis on supporting emerging talent and championing diverse voices, the Pioneers Film Fund encourages any UK or Irish filmmaker with a story to apply, regardless of experience. However, directors are encouraged to find their teams before they submit, and you must be over the age of 18 and a UK or Irish resident to apply.

During production, the judges and planetSHINE team will offer mentoring sessions to the filmmakers throughout their process, as well as providing production support and guidance.

HOW TO APPLY

Entries can be submitted using the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page and must be submitted by midnight on the 15th October 2021. We may get in touch with certain applicants to request further information.

A long-list of ten filmmakers will be announced on the 27 October 2021, and will be invited to virtually pitch their ideas to the panel of judges, in the week commencing 15th November. The three winning filmmaking teams will be announced on 26 November 2021.

The films will be released on Waterbear in April 2022.

WHO DECIDES WHICH FILMS WILL BE FUNDED ?

A panel of industry judges will review the submissions. Judges include Andrea Walji, Head of Content and Production at Waterbear Network, the first video on demand platform dedicated to the future of our planet, Fergus Hayock, Managing Director of Picture Zero, a new production business focused on climate solutions and sustainable filmmaking and Aaqil Ahmed, BAFTA and Emmy award winning media consultant, 25-year career at the BBC and Channel 4, council member of the ASA.

WILL I GET PAID FOR MY FILM ?

Within the budget allocated to each winning project, the teams must make sure that everyone involved in the production is fairly paid. We do not allow match funding or co-productions.

WHAT IF MY IDEA ISN’T CHOSEN ?

If your idea isn’t selected, your submission will be deleted after the successful entrants have been chosen.

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