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by Eija Rissanen, Student Life editor

Films can be live-action, animated, or a combination of both, so long as the filmmakers express something they are passionate about. For example, in the free- choice category, films can be about pollution, gay marriage, health care, smoking, abortion, oil prices, religion, equal rights, or any other current political or social concern.

Besides the open category, FYI has five specific entry categories:

· Global Issues/U.N. Millennium Development Goals

· Animal Welfare

· Arts as a Global Diplomat and Cultural Bridge

· Integration of Film and New Media, involving any issue-based Web page

· Music Driven, featuring a solo band or music video expressing the issue.

Semifinalists will be determined by public vote hosted by MSN. All entries and their creators will be open to the public through blogs at MSN Spaces.

After the semifinalists are selected, another voting, involving the public and the competition judges, will take place. The six top films will be broadcast on mtvU.com, mtvU, and mtvUber—MTV- based Web page, television channel, and broadband channel—and on MSN Video and MSNBC.com.

The winner of each of the categories will be announced at a U.N. reception June 26.
Winning filmmakers will receive a Motorola RAZR V3 cell phone and Toshiba Qosmio notebook. The six top films will be shown at the Maui Film Festival.

MSN Spaces will also sponsor the presentation of finalists’ entries at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. In addition, the two top filmmakers will be offered paid internships at Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Company.

For information, to register, or to submit films, visit filmyourissue.com.


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