Short Films, Big Ideas
GE FOCUS FORWARD - Short Films, Big Ideas is an unprecedented new series of 30 three-minute stories about innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention, directed by the world's most celebrated documentary filmmakers.
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Check out Oscar-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu's MEET MR. TOILET, which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She introduces us to Jack Sim, a/k/a "Mr. Toilet," a businessman-turned-sanitation superhero who travels the globe raising awareness about the lack of clean water in underdeveloped countries, a crisis affecting 2.6 billion people worldwide.
A who's who of international documentary filmmakers drawn from every corner of the globe, GE FOCUS FORWARD directors are the most distinguished nonfiction storytellers working in contemporary independent cinema today. Many have won Academy Awards for their shorts and features; others have earned their laurels at world-renowned festivals and at the box office.
Look for GE FOCUS FORWARD films at leading film festivals around the world,
including Sundance, Tribeca, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA), with additional festivals to be announced soon in Asia, South America, Africa, Europe, the UK, North America, Australia, and the Middle East.
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Here they are, the winners of the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition, including the $100,000 Grand Prize winner. Congratulations, filmmakers!
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Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a sensory device that translates colours into sounds, which Harbisson, the world’s first officially recognized cyborg, wears at all times.
Short Films, Big Ideas
GE FOCUS FORWARD films highlight exceptional people and world-changing ideas that have impacted the course of human development, now and then, or with great potential to significantly affect how we live in the next generation.
Our impressive roster of international filmmakers - innovators in their own right - marshal their talent and energy to deliver an authentic documentary film in their own voice. In the span of three minutes, these films encompass everything from medical advances to economically viable "green"-powered homes to the development of wireless technologies in Third World countries, not to mention innovations in transportation and healthcare, gene therapy and waste management, or any other sphere of art and knowledge that inspires them.
Through their eyes you'll see how engineers, educators, inventors, surgeons, philosophers, social workers and others are utilizing their skills and vision to help sow the seeds of a better future.
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