What does a winner think of the Vision Awards? Greg Hemmings, 2009 winner said:
"A friend of mine happens to be a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society, he encouraged me to submit for the Vision Award last year. After I checked out what the society was all about, and how wide spread the commonwealth umbrella actually was it really got me excited. It was so much fun having a reason to produce a short film with a message, a challenge worth trying! I was so honored and shocked that my short film Papikatuk won first place, there were so many other cool films in the competition. The media in Canada really pushed the story, and in the end it gained me a lot of wonderful recognition around the world. I was even invited to showcase my film at the International Polar Year Film Festival as a direct result of this award. I am still glowing!"
About the Vision Awards
The Commonwealth Vision Awards promote exellence in filmmaking across the Commonwealth.
Launched in May 2001 as a joint venture of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, they were designed to encourage creative filmmaking on developmental themes, particularly relating to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), by young, actual and prospective filmmakers in the Commonwealth.
Applicants from rich and poor, large and small countries alike, submit story-board ideas in either written, picture or short film format, on a topic linked to the Commonwealth theme.
To allow as many young people from all around the Commonwealth as possible to enter, your short films can also be submitted by post.
Hundreds of applicants from film schools, colleges and aspiring individual filmmakers are received each year.
Prizes for the Vision Awards include a trip to London, cash and equipment prizes, workshops and skills training and local internships. Past awards ceremonies have included Academy Award-winning Directors, such as Lord David Puttnam and Gurinder Chadha, and have been attended by senior diplomats, leaders of Commonwealth organisations and media figures.