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As some of you may remember, last year we teamed up with Vision Research for the Miro High-Speed Inspiration Challenge, where we called for unique submissions that would take full advantage of the Miro’s high-speed capabilities. Brooklyn filmmaker Robert Kolodny ended up winning the Grand Prize and taking home his own Phantom Miro.

Well, this year we’ve got something a little bit different. We’re proud to announce the 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant.

Since the founding of AbelCine, documentaries have always been close to our hearts. In fact, many of our longtime clients are documentary filmmakers going back to the days of Aaton Super16 and the VariCam. Now we want to make sure we do our part to help the next generation of documentarians tell their stories too. 

Do you have an idea for a compelling documentary? All you need to do is shoot a 2-5 minute long video pitch and upload it to Vimeo and you’ll have the chance to win one of three equipment usage grants worth a combined total of $100,000. 

But it’s not just us you’re pitching to – it’s your fellow filmmakers as well. Once all the submissions are in, 10 finalists will be determined based on Likes from the Vimeo Community. A panel of judges will then review the finalists’ pitches and determine the three grant recipients.

Who will be on the judging panel? Along with experts from AbelCine and Canon, we’re excited to announce three very special guest judges, filmmakers Ellen Kuras, ASC, Peter Schnall, and Mark Benjamin. All three are acclaimed filmmakers who have built careers spanning everything from documentaries to feature films and television. 

And what about prizes? The three winners will each receive an equipment grant worth about $33,000 to be used toward the Canon C300 package and lenses of their choice in order to finish their project. 

For full rules, judging criteria, and conditions, plus instructions on how to submit to the 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant, visit www.abelcine.com/r/abel-documentary-grant. Make sure to get your submissions in – all entries are due by August 20



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