Produce a short film for FilmAid and Michael Kiwanuka

Winner Announced On
December 13, 2013

FilmAid is offering aspiring film and documentary makers the opportunity to receive industry mentoring in New York along with huge exposure! A real career boost for any aspiring filmmaker.

Michael Kiwanuka and FilmAid have joined forces to highlight the issues of displacement across the world caused by war, famine, persecution and natural disaster. They are inviting filmmakers and animators to submit a music video or short film inspired by these stories and soundtracked by Michael's track 'Home Again'.

What does home mean to you? A place of safety and shelter. A place to nurture and protect your loved ones. A place you can be yourself, free from judgement. For refugees, home is a memory of the past, but also a hope for the future.
FilmAid is a non-profit humanitarian media organization that uses the power of film and media to transcend language and literacy, bringing life-saving information, psychological relief and much-needed hope to refugees and other communities in need around the globe. FilmAid has brought critical information, training and empowerment to more than two million people suffering the effects of war, poverty, displacement and disaster.
Born in Muswell Hill to Ugandan émigré parents, Michael Kiwanuka is a Mercury Prize-nominated British soul musician. His debut album, Home Again, immerses the listener in a sound that is both modern and at the same time as familiar as the classics. It manages to strike the balance between being contemporary and somehow utterly timeless.
One winner, as chosen by Michael and the panel of judges will receive:
  • One day of mentoring in New York* with producer Caroline Baron (Capote, Monsoon Wedding)
  • $1,500
  • Feature video on Michael Kiwanuka's VEVO YouTube channel and exposure across Michael and FilmAid's social media channels
*Travel and accommodation for 3 nights provided
One highest voted winner will receive:
  • $500
  • A personal thank you note from FilmAid's founder, Caroline Baron
  • Exposure and promotion across Michael Kiwanuka's and FilmAid's social media channels
Imagine being forced to flee your home due to war, famine, persecution or natural disaster. Losing your house, your possessions. Being separated from family and friends. This is the experience of more than 45 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world today. Michael Kiwanuka and FilmAid invite you to tell this story through your film.
A producer, change-maker, and strategist, Liz Manne has spent her career at the nexus of independent media and social impact. She previously served as an advisor to HBO Films, EVP Programming & Marketing for Sundance Channel and EVP Marketing for Fine Line Features. Manne serves as a member of President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

FilmAid's founder, Caroline has many producing credits include award-winning film Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, cross-cultural hit Monsoon Wedding, Being Flynn, Center Stage, Flawless, Addicted to Love, The Santa Clause, and Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra.


An award winning film and television producer, Parminder has worked for the BBC, ITV, Channel Four, major international channels and Formation Films, her own independent film and television production company. Founder and CEO of PVL Media, she is recognised as an expert facilitating business in emerging markets media and creative industries.

After working for a variety of charities - including Charity:Water and FilmAid International - Michael set up Rooks Nest Entertainment. Rooks Nest is a feature film production company and financier. Under the Rooks Nest banner, Michael has produced Sally El Hosaini's award-winning film My Brother The Devil, amongst others.

Michael Kiwanuka and FilmAid will select from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top voted entries. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.

  • Participants must submit their video to YouTube or Vimeo then paste the video URL and click 'Get Video'
  • The track, 'Home Again', the FilmAid logo and the Museo Sans 500 font can be downloaded below
  • Films must be no longer than 3 minutes 31 seconds
  • Films submitted must include the following supers in font Museo Sans 500:
    TEXT 1: Over 45 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations
    LOGO & URL 2: FilmAid Logo and filmaid.org (downloadable below)
  • All downloadable assets, including the text, logo and track must only be used in context of this Creative Invite and the guidelines
  • Films submitted must be original (meaning not using third party copyright materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity
  • Participants must include a description about their submission
  • Please ensure you use the correct email address when entering. Once we contact you, you will be expected to provide your passport number, expiration date and date of birth
  • The winning entrant must have a passport and be eligible to travel to the USA.
  • Submitting entrants that do not have a passport or who are unable to travel to the USA may still participate and be considered for the Highest Voted position
  • Inappropriate or harmful submissions will be removed and the Participant will be asked to remove their video from Youtube or Vimeo
  • No purchase necessary
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
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Key Dates
  • Submit By: November 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: November 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: November 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: December 13, 2013