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VISION STATEMENT

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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.

HOW TO APPLY

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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.

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RULES AND CONDITIONS

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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.

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EACH PROPOSAL MUST INCLUDE:

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  • 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)

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TIMELINE

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2020-2021 Breakthrough Prize Laureates

 

Xiaowei Zhuang

Life Sciences - Harvard University

Zhuang develops advanced imaging methods to reveal the molecular mechanisms of cellular function. Inventions from her lab, such as the super‐resolution imaging method STORM and the single‐cell imaging method MERFISH, allow imaging of cells and…

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Alexander Varshavsky

Life Sciences - Caltech

Varshavsky elucidated key processes involved in protein degradation, the system by which cells break down and recycle proteins and so regulate the main activity of the cell. Varshavsky showed that this process is regulated by…

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Terence Tao

Mathematics - UCLA

Tao is considered one of the greatest living mathematicians. His work spans an extraordinary range of fields, including harmonic analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations, and analytic number theory. Some of his most famous results have…

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Maxim Kontsevich

Fundamental Physics / Mathematics - Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

Kontsevich has won Breakthrough Prizes in both physics and mathematics, and much of his work is at the interface between them. In pure math, his work on knots (in multiple dimensions) and “homological mirror symmetry”…

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Charles Kane and Eugene Mele

Fundamental Physics - University of Pennsylvania

Kane and Mele, discovered topological insulators ‐ exotic states of materials like graphene, in which they are virtually perfect electrical conductors on their boundary, but are insulators in their interior. They are important for theoretical…

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Jennifer Doudna

Life Sciences - UC Berkeley

Doudna is one of the discoverers of CRISPR‐Cas 9, a bacterial immune system that she and her colleagues engineered into a near‐universal gene‐editing tool that allows scientists to hone in on particular genes, cut them…

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BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKERS CHALLENGE

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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“Heroes of Science”: Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge

Presented by TheWrap and The Breakthrough Prize Foundation

Submission Window | February – March 2020