Participant joins Pangea film event


Participant Productions will support Pangea Day -- a one-day, global film event showcasing short films from around the world on May 10 –- by sponsoring two programs, the Outstanding Filmmakers Awards Program and the Filmmaker Grant Program.

For the Outstanding Filmmakers program, Participant will select five filmmakers, each representing a different continent to receive a $5,000 filmmakers grant In addition, Participant will invite all the filmmakers whose films appear on Pangea Day to submit a treatment for a feature film or documentary.

Participant will then reward one winner with the Filmmaker Grant, which includes $20,000 to continue the development of the treatment and a non-binding first look deal with Participant.

"Entertainment which inspires and compels social change is our mission," Jim Berk, Participant CEO, said. "Pangea Day goes hand in hand with Participant's belief in the power of film and media as a catalyst for change."

Pangea Day was created by "Control Room" director Jehane Noujaim after winning the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) prize which granted her a wish to change the world. Jehane decided her wish would use the power of film to bring the world a little closer together.

On May 10, venues in Cairo, Dharamsala, Kigali, London, New York City, Ramallah, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv will be linked to produce a live 4-hour program of films, speakers and music. The program will be broadcast live through the Internet, television, digital cinemas, and mobile phones.

The advisory board members include J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Bender, Cameron Diaz, Goldie Hawn, Alexander Payne, Meg Ryan, Jeff Skoll and