Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN), in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, announced the opening of the Picture This Festival for the Planet(www.sonypicturethis.com), a short-film competition for emerging filmmakers, everyday storytellers and changemakers worldwide to showcase the positive future they see for our planet. Andy Kaplan, President, Sony Pictures Television Networks, 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 United Nations Foundation 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.”
N.P. Singh, MD & CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India, said, “Much of India’s development agenda is embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals. 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. Picture this, to picture a change.”
Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy CEO of the United Nations Foundation, said: “The Picture This Festival for the Planet isan 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.
This summer, eight (8) regional winners will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the Picture. Submissions for thePicture This Festival for the Planetwill open January 30 and close April 30. The contest will be open to entrants from select countries worldwide. Please visit sonypicturethis.com for more information and to enter for free. In India, regular updates on the Picture This festival will be available on SPN’s social media handles including Instagram and Facebook.