Short Films, Big Ideas
FOCUS FORWARD - Short Films, Big Ideas is an award-winning series of 30 three-minute stories about innovators—people who are reshaping the world through act or invention—directed by the world's most celebrated documentary filmmakers. The films have been viewed in 150 countries and screened to audiences on all seven continents.
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Best known for his Segway Personal Transporter, inventor Dean Kamen is taking on the world's great challenges one invention at a time. Slingshot is the story of Kamen, his water purification, and his innovative approach to the planet's safe water crisis.
A who's who of international documentary filmmakers drawn from every corner of the globe, 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.
FOCUS FORWARD films have screened at film festivals and events all over the world
(yes, even Antarctica).
Whether in Sundance, Tribeca, Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Dubai or Guangzhou, audiences have been inspired and moved by these stories of innovation.
Here they are, the winners of the $200,000 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.