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VISION STATEMENT

TheWrap and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation are seeking 6 visionary filmmakers with the ability to make engaging, original, accurate short films about the 2021 Breakthrough Prize laureates.

 

The ‘Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge’ is now accepting application proposals that focus on the character of the laureate, an event in their lives, a particular theoretical/experimental breakthrough, or their impact on the world. These proposal treatments will be evaluated by industry professionals, competing for one of six winning spots.

 

The six winners’ will receive a contract to create a short video film about one of the Breakthrough Prize 2021 Laureates, along with a $25,000 budget to produce their short film.

 

What is the Breakthrough Prize? Learn more here.

Sharon Waxman (Founder & Editor in Chief, TheWrap) and Clare Burgess (Director of Relations, Breakthrough Prize) presenting the Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge at the 2020 Sundance Festival cocktail party.

HOW TO APPLY

The ‘Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge’ is now accepting application proposals that focus on the character of the laureate, an event in their lives, a particular theoretical/experimental breakthrough, or their impact on the world. These proposal treatments will be evaluated by industry professionals, competing for one of six winning spots.

RULES AND CONDITIONS

The contest requires filmmakers to submit a creative proposal for a short film about one of the past, contest selected, Breakthrough Prize laureates.

The proposals must be based on desktop research. Filmmakers are not allowed to contact any Laureate directly for purposes of producing this proposal.

EACH PROPOSAL MUST INCLUDE:

  • A creative treatment (one page) based on a maximum $25,000 USD production budget, detailing how they would approach a documentary about their chosen Breakthrough Prize laureate, incorporating both the scientist and their recognized work

  • Director’s statement (half‐page) Director’s biography (half‐page)

  • Visual references (up to three pages)

  • Detailed breakdown of production budget (one page)

  • Proposed composition of production team (one page)

  • An example of the filmmaker’s previous documentary work (short or feature) (one page)

  • View Complete List of Rules & Guidelines here

JURORS

Sharon Waxman

Founder and Editor in Chief | TheWrap

Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and the founder of TheWrap. She is also the creator of TheGrill business conference on convergence, and the creator of the Power…

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Mark Levinson

Director and Producer, "Particle Fever"

Mark Levinson is the director and producer of the award-winning documentary feature Particle Fever about the discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider experiment outside of Geneva. Before embarking on a film…

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Adam Rosenthal

Writer

Adam Rosenthal is writer based in London, England. He has written science documentaries and docu-dramas that have aired on the BBC, Discovery and History Channel, among others, and has served as Creative Director on numerous…

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Lucy Hawking

Author

Lucy Hawking graduated from Oxford and started her writing career in journalism, working for newspapers, radio and New York Magazine before becoming an author. Her books, the George series, give young readers an exciting and…

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Jo Dunkley

Professor of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences | Princeton University

She shared the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with the WMAP team for their work mapping the early Universe, and also won this year’s New Horizons in Physics Prize for developing new techniques to…

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CONTACT

BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKERS CHALLENGE

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Los Angeles, CA, 90064

GENERAL INFORMATION

For General Questions about submissions and eligibility,

please contact Drea Clark, Director of Programming,

Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge at:

HeroesOfScience@thewrap.com

Drea Clark

Director of Programming | Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge